E. Carlyle Smith Jr., a conservative Democrat and dedicated public servant, died Sunday of a brain tumor. He was 64.
Smith became politically active after graduating with an architecture and civil engineering degree from Texas Tech University. He worked as a precinct chairman and a delegate to the Texas and national Democratic conventions in 1972. He then served six terms in the Texas House of Representatives.
In his “spare” time, Smith was the president of the Grand Prairie Rotary Club, the Grand Prairie Jaycees and the Community Concerts Association. He was vice chairman and campaign chairman of the YMCA, coached boys baseball and was a district official with the Boy Scouts of America. In 1968, he was named Grand Prairie’s Citizen of the Year.