By KAROLYN GEPHART
The impact of David Smith’s life in Pearland is still strong today. Smith passed away March 3 and many in the city remember him in a variety of roles.
Smith came to Pearland in 1928 and he and his family lived off what is now Hughes Ranch Road. For a time, he was a rancher and farmer.
In 1947 he received his Texas Peace Officer’s license and worked for the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy, constable and investigator.
His law enforcement career also included service with both the Pearland and Manvel Police Departments.
As Pearland grew, Smith was open to its many opportunities. At one time, he and his brother Clarence owned both Pearland Hardware and Supply Company and Smith Brothers Feed Store.
In 1960 Smith and his wife, Frankie, opened David L. Smith Realty and the company flourished for 60 years.
In 1972 Smith was appointed a special Texas Ranger by the Department of Public Safety.
He chaired the Clear Creek Watershed District and according to his daughter, Susan Smith Lenamon, he worked tirelessly to resolve the flooding problems along Clear Creek.
He served on the first Pearland City Council and again in the 1990s. He and three others founded the Pearland EMS in the 1970s.
In 2001, he became the Emergency Manager in Manvel.
When David Smith saw a job that needed to be done, he rolled up his sleeves and did it.
“Texas lost another one of its native sons on Sunday, March 3 at 8:00 p.m. A man of many talents and visions, David L. Smith, left his mark throughout the city, state, country and even as far as Benin, West Africa,” Lenamon said.