Dallas photographer Douglas Willis “Tres” Smith III, 41, died Wednesday, April 18, at his parents’ San Antonio home after an 18-month battle with lymphoma.
Smith was known for his vibrant photographic images and boundless wit. He leaves behind an adoring family and a vast network of friends.
His parents were at his side at his death. They said that after many hours of unconsciousness, that he smiled before passing away.
Smith was born Jan. 22, 1966, in San Antonio. He graduated from Alamo Heights High School, and he received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in 1988.
He worked in photography and film industry support jobs in Los Angeles, then moved to Dallas in 1993 and worked widely as a freelance fashion, commercial and portrait photographer. His clients included Newsweek, Citigroup, D Magazine, Art & Antiques Magazine, ABA Journal, Ben E. Keith Company, Comcast, Fogo de Chao, Texas Lottery, Univision and USA Film Festival.
He also worked as a volunteer for the USA Film Festival, Dallas Buddy Project, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and AIDS Project Los Angeles.
He was a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce.
Citysearch readers recently voted him one of Dallas’ 10 best photographers.
Ann Alexander, managing director of the USA Film Festival, said she had lost a wonderful friend and the world had lost a special talent.
“The performing and visual arts have lost a tireless friend and advocate,” Alexander said. “His personal and professional contributions will have a lasting impact on the festival for years to come.”
Smith is survived by his parents, Sally Ann and Douglas Willis Smith Jr., of San Antonio; sister, Martita Smith Fleming of Austin; many extended family members, primarily in South and Central Texas, and friends in Dallas and elsewhere.
A celebration of Smith’s life will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m. at Cambridge Oval in San Antonio. A later service in Dallas in being planned, and details will be available later.
The family suggests that anyone wishing to make a memorial donation to send it to the American Cancer Society and to the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio.
Bobby Dell Evans, 42, died Feb. 27 after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.
Evans was born in Dallas and had lived in the DFW Metroplex all his life, and had graduated from the University of North Texas in Denton. He was a real estate broker and had owned Bobby Evans Realtors for 22 years.
Evans was also active as a volunteer with the AIDS Resource Center of Dallas.
He is survived by his mother, Della Jane Maxey, of Addison, and his father, Robert Houston Evans, of Garland.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. at Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. The family asks that donations in his memory be made to the AIDS Resource Center of Dallas.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn Funeral Home.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, April 20, 2007.
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