Lorne Smith, Jr.

Lorne Smith, Jr.


On March 7, 2024, we lost our beloved husband, dad, grandfather (a/k/a Pop), friend and one person you could always count on. 

Lorne Smith, Jr was born on July 8, 1950. He graduated from Central High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. He joined the United States Marine Corp and was honored to be a “Proud Marine” until his dying day.  

He spent his early years in State government and in several different departments within the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, the last being Hunter Education Administrator. He was involved with the International Hunter Education Association, serving on the Board of the organization, two of which he served as President and then Past-President. While being President, he had the honor of representing the organization at the international meeting in Finland. 

He also was on the committee that wrote the Hunter Safety Manual used over the United States. He taught hunter education courses to many, many students while working at the Department and many years since his retirement. He also wrote and taught accident investigation and reconstruction to many law enforcement officers. 

He and John Louk with the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association taught courses to volunteer hunter education instructors on how to teach the national course and a course for law enforcement and investigators. 

He started Smith Investigation & Support Services, LLC, in 2000 and investigated and reconstructed hunting accidents. He was recognized across state and federal courts throughout the nation. Through his work he made many close friends that he greatly respected. 

His joy was spending time with his wife Linda, his son, David (wife Tammy) and grandchildren, Victoria, Robert, Tanner, Jordan, Walker and Garrett, and his three great-grandbabies, Mallory, Allie and Grayson. 

A memorial service was held on March 13, 2024.  

Memorials be made in his name to the Treestand Manufacturer’s Association, P.O. Box 15214, Hattiesburg, MS 39404 to continue the work of safety education in order to save as many lives as possible, his passion in life.

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