The Frenship community is mourning the loss of our great friend and colleague Doug Smith, Frenship ISD Director of Special Education, who died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 16.
Smith joined the Frenship family in August 2001 when he was hired as the assistant principal at Bennett Intermediate, the district’s lone campus for fifth and sixth grade students at the time.
After one year at Bennett, Smith was named principal at Crestview Elementary, a role he would serve through the 2008-2009 school year. During his first year at Crestview in the spring of 2003, he was called for active duty with the United States Marine Corps in the war in Iraq.
That spring, Frenship created the Frenship Employee Emergency Relief Fund (FEERF) to help Smith and his family while he was serving.
Smith helped open Oak Ridge Elementary as the campus’s first principal in the fall of 2009. He led the students and staff at Oak Ridge for more than five years before he accepted the honor of leading our district as Director of Special Education in January 2015.
A charismatic leader with a servant’s heart, Smith will always be remembered for his array of colorful hats, his way with words that left a smile on his neighbor’s face and his ever-present desire to serve his country and the Frenship community through his leadership roles.
Left to cherish his legacy are his wife Katrina and three children Kirsten, Reagan and Luke.
A celebration of Smith’s life will take place on Wednesday, January 23 at 2:00 p.m. at Green Lawn Church of Christ. Visitation is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers.