Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Michael Ray Smith

Upton County Sheriff's Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, June 8, 2012

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Michael Ray Smith

Gone but never forgotten. Mike you are missed my friend. I enjoyed our short time together at the SO. You were a gentle giant.

K9 Offiicer Lucas Mesa

April 25, 2024

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

June 8, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 17, 2018

Deputy Mike Smith, it was a great honor to have met you, and to have worked along side with you. I will miss the advice and example you taught. Deputy Mike you will always be remembered and never forgotten.... You are a great friend and a great Officer...

Deputy Sheriff N Villarreal

June 30, 2018

I miss you more every day uncle Mike. You are and will always be a great man and mentor to me. You are the reason I chose this profession and I hope to represent you and make you proud everyday.

Cpl. Brown, Jeffery
Ector County Sheriff's Office / Nephew

June 6, 2018

Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff Michael Ray Smith. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Upton County, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 8, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 8, 2015

I ran a 5K at the National Police Week race in your honor today sir with your name on my bib! Thank you for your service. Your brothers and sisters in law enforcement will never forget you!

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington DC

May 12, 2013

As we start a new year(2013), your service and sacrifice will always be remembered.
Rest in Peace my Brother.

To my active duty Brothers and Sisters, PLEASE STAY SAFE!

Master Senior Investigator Cardell L. Dobbins #188 (Ret.)
Illinois Secretary of State Department of Police District 01, Region 01

January 1, 2013

Deputy Smith,

I never had the pleasure of meeting you, and I truly wish I had. A close friend of mine, who worked with us at the MCSO, and now works with Upton County told me a lot about you. He spoke of you with love and respect. You are missed sir. The Midland County Sheriff's Honor Guard stood with you and your loved ones and will continue to honor you every day. Thank you for your service, you are a true hero.

Herb Fernandez
Detention Corporal
Midland County Sheriff's Office TX
Honor Guard Member

December 19, 2012

Thank you for your service and helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 5, 2012

Rest In Peace

John Ruth,AEMD Communications Specialist
MOMR, Farmers Branch,TX

October 6, 2012

I know I'm kinda late but every time I would think of something to write I would start crying! Mike every time I think of you I can't help but cry! I miss you so much! I only got to know you for 2 and a half years which by all means not enough time! You were the only cop (besides my dad) to stand in my living room when I wake up and look at me like I'm crazy because I'm still tired! You were one of the greatest guys I have ever know! You have been gone for 2 months now and it's crazy how time has flown! I wear my shirt I made in your memory ever Friday because that was the day you went to be with the Lord! The last time I saw you was May 26th and I completly ignored you not on purpose I just kinda got caught up in the moment! I would like to say I'm so sorry for doing that every time I think of it I cry and cry untill it hurts to cry! You were a great friend of my dad's he worked with you while you were at Upton County and he misses you a lot! Rest In Peace Mikey! End of Watch:6-8-12!

Lesley Watson
Family Friend August 8th, 2012

August 8, 2012

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace through such incidents. May family & friends feel the presence of the "God of All Comfort" as they endure the distressing days ahead. I join them in their agonizing grief & remember them in my prayers.

Another senseless tragedy
Another day of grief,
Another day of praying
To help us find relief.

Relief from bitter anguish
Relief from rage so great,
Relief from lenient justice
Which continues to seal our fate.

Relief from heartache’s torment
As we continue on,
Oh, the awesome loss of brotherhood
Now that you are gone.

Though our hearts are deeply broken
And our tears forever flow,
There’s a comforting assurance
That now with God you go.

We know that you are welcome
Now at Heaven’s gate,
While meeting brothers & sisters
Who also met such fate.

The family of Law Enforcement
Knows no distance here or there,
And we recall in comfort
You await us there.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

July 17, 2012

Michael was a very dedicated officer that respected every person he met ,he would say he was not a hero he was just a guy doing his Job fact he was my hero and our children's hero ,thank you all for your kind words i send blessings to all of you
Mrs.Michael Ray Smith !

Bobbie Jo Smith

July 15, 2012

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

July 9, 2012

Rest in peace blue brother.

Deputy T. Luttrell

July 1, 2012

Deputy Sheriff Smith,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Upton County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

June 29, 2012

Whatever our duty, or wherever we serve, we are all brothers and sisters in this most honorable calling. We have lost yet another brother who we must never forget.

My deepest sympathy to both his family and his police family. My thoughts and prayers are with them. May he rest in eternal peace.

Sgt. Tom Waller, Ret., Cincinnati P.D.
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum

June 27, 2012

Thank you for your service. God bless Sheriff Smith's family-May he rest in peace.


June 26, 2012


Deputy J. D. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

June 25, 2012

Rest in peace my Brother!
"Blessed are the Peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

Jack Garcia, Retired FBI Agent

June 24, 2012

The loss of a husband and father is life changing, as only those who have experienced it can know. Your sacrifice is above and beyond.

I feel a close bond to the Upton County Sheriff's Dept, as my dear friend Judy worked there for many years.

Granddaughter of a fallen officer
San Francisco Police Dept. 1915

June 24, 2012

May your family find peace in the fact they were loved by a true hero. God bless your family, the Department & those who are brave enough to wear a badge, face hardship, long hours & a call to serve & protect.

Mother of a Sargeant
Colorado Springs PD

June 22, 2012

R I P Brother. From a former Midland County S.O. Deputy.

F. Mullens, Sr.
Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno, Oklahoma

June 21, 2012

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