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Officer Scott Stanton Smith | Odessa Police Department, Texas Odessa Police Department, Texas


Scott Stanton Smith

Odessa Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, February 6, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 3 years

Badge # 137

Cause: Motorcycle crash

Incident Date: 8/3/1987

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Officer Scott Smith died of injuries he sustained when his motorcycle was struck by a motor vehicle as he responded to a burglary in progress call. Officer Smith lived on life support for six months after the incident. He was assigned to the Traffic Division.

Officer Smith had served with the agency for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, and brother.

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A name I never got to call you in person, but am so proud of. I grew up not knowing you, hearing your voice, or seeing your face, but you were never forgotten. Mom continues to tell me stories of you, even now, 28 years later. I have learned of your strength (physical and in character), personality, sense of humor, care for others, and how much you loved those around you. I am told often that I closely resemble you in looks and personality. While we were never given the chance to know each other, I do my very best to carry on your legacy and make you proud. You see, besides being so physically strong, I am constantly told of your sense of humor and how well you cared for those around you. This concern for others was passed to me. I have worked hard to dedicate my time, education, and career to serving others. I am 3 months away from finishing with my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and I work as a child therapist in a nonprofit that offers counseling services at low to no cost to kids and families. I do my best to empathize and compassionately interact with those I come in contact with.

Though death has encountered you, I have done my best to honor you with my life, which has been so blesed. My heart breaks to know what I missed in knowing you, being loved by you, and being raised by you, but I was not left alone. From the moment of your death to even now, we have had a family of officers look out for us, officers that you knew like Chuck, to those who never knew you but know we are family of a fallen officer. We have been loved by this blue family. It will also bring you peace to know God brought a great man in to my mom's life who raised us as his own. He taught us to work hard, to have integrity, to laugh, and showed us what a Godly husband and father looks like. Though you were not there, we were not left alone. Krystal and I turned out well (at least I'd like to think so) and we have great husbands. Krystal has some awesome sons, your grandsons, who know they had a grandpa who was a police officer.

Dad, you are deeply missed, but not forgotten. I love you.

Kelsie Smith McLeod
August 30, 2016


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