The Legacy of Lee Allen Smith

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Oklahoma Boy Scouts Honor one of their own with Distinguished Citizen award
Lee Allen Smith Receives Prestigious Boy Scout Award

By Mindy Regan Wood

Lee Allen Smith is no stranger to Boy Scouts or the bedrock values they esteem.

The Last Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America recently recognized his decades of exemplary service to Oklahoma with the E.C Joullian Distinguished Citizen award.

The values of honesty, kindness, hard work and loyalty to others have never been lost on Smith. He became a Boy Scout after the tragic loss of his father to a hotel fire when he was 13. Through decades of civic engagement, he was always involved in supporting scouts.

Being honored by an organization that gave so much to him, Smith said he was humbled to receive the Distinguished Citizen award.

“My first thoughts go out to the people who make the Boy Scouts turn: the volunteers, the sponsors, the scouts. That’s who should get the applause,” he said.

Oklahoma City Thunder Chairman Clayton Bennett, said, “The great thing about Lee Allen, there are so many great things, but the consistent leadership, the consistent engagement in civic affairs, consistent in loyalty to friends and community is almost unparalleled. It has been such a joy to be associated with Lee Allen. It’s been a real true privilege and honor,” said Bennett.

Smith is well known for his love of Oklahoma and patriotism for the nation. He served as a Special Service Officer in the U.S. Air Force. That passion for his fellow countrymen goes back to his scouting days.

“Boy Scouts have evolved over the years,” said David Rainbolt, chief executive officer of Banc First Corp., “but there’s no more important time for their mission of teaching values to young people than today. That was never lost on Lee Allen. Lee Allen’s patriotism is renowned. So it goes hand in hand with the mission of the boy scouts.”

Lee Allen, as everyone calls him, has been labeled “legendary” in promoting Oklahoma on a national and global scale. Some of the grand events he was instrumental in bringing to Oklahoma include the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival, “The Stars and Stripes July 4th Show” which was broadcast nationally on NBC for five of eight years, and the Oklahoma Centennial celebrations. The patriotic visionary is also responsible for the Centennial Parade and Spectacular on statehood day.

Raising funds for countless good causes, he also negotiated and raised money for Oklahoma Centennial floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade. He organized the Civic Center Music Hall grand reopening and helped orchestrate the Dome dedication at the Capitol.

His long history in the media industry include past president and general manager for KTVY, WKY Radio, assistant general manager of WKY-TV, and 22 years with Gaylord Broadcasting Company.

Smith has brought his creativity and passion for the state to countless boards including State Fair of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Zoology Trust, Oklahoma Heritage Association, OKC Chamber of Commerce, and Last Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America.

Now, he is the chairman of Oklahoma Events, LLC a full service event production firm, and still serves on numerous other civic organizations.

He still serves on the Last Frontier Council Boy Scouts of America executive board. Smith said he will always hold a special place in his heart for his fellow scouts and the families who make a difference.
“I love the scouts and I love to see the parents. Their eyes are beaming with pride because they’re bringing up a son or daughter who are learning the values of life. It’s a fantastic organization. They serve so many people in such a big way,” he said.

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