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In Memoriam - Greg Smyth

Monday, August 8, 2016   (5 Comments)
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D.G. (Greg) Smyth 1937-2016

TSPS Affiliation: Life Member, Chapter 22

Registrations: Registered Professional Land Surveyor #2046 & Licensed State Land Surveyor

Mr. Smyth owned and operated D.G. Smyth & Co., Inc. in Uvalde, Texas. He served as a witness on boundary dispute cases and completed thousands of survey projects including large ranches, lake boundaries, river boundaries, excess acreage surveys for Deeds of Acquittance, vacancy surveys, cellular tower sites, subdivisions, well locations, pipelines, circular irrigation systems, road, bridges, lakes, topographic surveys, and control surveys.

Mr. Smyth was an active member of TSPS for several decades. Mr. Smyth was a Past President of TSPS. He also served as State Director, Chapter President, and Chapter Representative.

Mr. Smyth was either a chair or officer of the following committees: Governmental Affairs, Ethics, Standards, Public Relations, Chapter Activities, Educations: Para Professional, Specialty Certification, Geomatics, Blucher Task Force, A&M Short Course, Certification and SIT, Technology, and Trigstar. Membership Services: Benefits Trust, Publications, Product Sales, Safety, Awards, Membership, Insurance, Administrative Affairs, Budget & Finance, Sound & Video, Constitution & Bylaws, Tellers, Historical, Planning/Administration, and Nominating.

Mr. Smyth served as a liaison for TSPS in the following areas: Registration Practices Liaison, Mapping Advisory Liaison, ACSM/NSPS Liaison, TLTA Liaison, General Land Office Liaison, Real Estate Liaison, TSFI Liaison, Texas Association of Appraisal Districts Liaison, Real Estate Division to State Bar Liaison, County Clerks Association Liaison, and TxDOT Liaison.

For more than two decades Mr. Smyth served as an instructor at the Heart of Texas Boundary Retracement Seminar & Concan Original Surveys Retracement Seminar.

Mr. Smyth was honored with the Vern Wayne Hanan Memorial Community Action Award in 1994 and the Surveyor of the Year Award in 2000.

Former member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineers & Surveyors (NCEES).

Mr. Smyth was County Surveyor of Uvalde County, Texas and completed two six-year terms of service as a Board Member of the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying. While on TBPLS, he served as Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Licensed State Land Surveyors Committee, and Chairman of the Rules Committee.

Most recently, Mr. Smyth was awarded the Hugh L. George Memorial Award.


Viewing will be at Rushing Estes Knowles in Uvalde on Tuesday, August 9th from 5-7 pm.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 10th at 10 am at St. Philip's Episcopal Church, followed by a grave side service.

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Stacy L. Little says...
Posted Tuesday, September 6, 2016
I am sorry to hear about Greg's passing. I have been to several seminars that he was an instructor at, Concan & Heart of Texas, and always learned something new. He will definitely be missed. God bless him and his family during this difficult time.
James B. Gillis says...
Posted Thursday, August 25, 2016
I am sorry to say I was out of the country when Greg passed away, and I was unable to attend his funeral service. That was my loss. I ever found Greg to be a thoughtful and respectful friend. He cared very much for the profession of Land Surveying, and in my estimation seemed to be constantly making efforts to better the profession and its members. While often quiet and un-assuming, his mind was constantly working on the cardinal rules of protecting the public and encouraging the maintenance of high standards in our practice. I shall miss him and his counsel.
Amil M. Baker Jr. says...
Posted Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I first met Greg in 1959 when he joined Frank Drought Engineering and became an instrument man and Technician on my survey crew. I took him to the office when we got to call for his wife to go to Uvalde to deliver their first little girl. C. B. Johnson, and Engineer, gave him a rusty pocket knife and a piece of twine in case he did not make it all the way. to Uvalde, luckily it was not needed. Through the years Greg and I maintained a very good friend and working relationship that was to be carried on through the years. I could tell many stories of his surveying prowess and knowledge but that is not necessary as we all know of that, God Bless you Greg and we will see you in the future. Amil Baker
Lynn R. Savory says...
Posted Thursday, August 11, 2016
he Heavenly Father needed to add another member to the "Super Crew". Greg was one of Jerry Goodson's closest and most respected friends, along with Daryl Shine. The three of them are now back together running the gradient line along the Jordan. My guess, is they are amiably arguing which one is the chief, which is running the instrument, and who is taking notes. Either that, or fishing and swapping stories.
George M. Amthor III says...
Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Greg was a great man, a great friend, and a Leader among surveyors. I will greatly miss him and our surveying profession has lost a giant of a surveyor. However, our loss is Heaven's gain, as he now is surveying off the boundaries of Heaven. "Then I raised my eyes and looked, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand. So I said, 'Where are you going?' And he said to me, 'To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.'" - Zechariah 2:1-2