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Leon Franklin Smith DDS
  • Passed away on December 06, 2019

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Leon Franklin Smith, DDS, 71, of Ormond Beach passed peacefully on December 6, 2019.  Born in Miami, Florida, Dr. Smith was the son of Franklin and Edith Smith. Dr. Leon Smith practiced dentistry successfully in North Jacksonville for over 20 years, and for over 10 in The Villages in Central Florida and honorably served in the U.S Military through the ROTC and Army Officers Reserves. He retired from dentistry in 2011 after receiving a double lung transplant due to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Dr. Smith’s academic history includes Stetson University 1970 – BS, Chemistry; University of Maryland 1977 – DDS; University of Florida Mastership Program 1997; and the University of Alabama Mastership Program in 2001. In addition to his academic career, he held several interesting jobs from cleaning swimming pools in Miami Beach, where he was raised, to doing estrogen binding research while in dental school, to working as a Diener in a morgue, and scrubbing in during Head and Neck procedures in the Emergency Room at the University of Maryland Trauma Center. Dr. Smith considers the best job he ever held to be his very first – being a seaman on a mailboat in the Bahamas in the mid-1960s. He was active in the Leesburg and Jacksonville Rotary’s where he served as President and was acknowledged several times as a Paul Harris Fellow. Leon’s personality will be remembered as thoughtful, caring, patient and FUN.   Leon had many passions including modern art, comedy, music, gator sports and geography which he would share on his infamous “road trips”.  Leon demonstrated his love for nature by participating in Audubon and Turtle Patrol at Matanzas Inlet. Left to cherish his memory is his life partner, Mary Kay Prout; twin daughters, Anastasia Sytova, husband Gennadii Sytov; Alexandra Tax, husband Johannes and granddaughter, Edith Tax; sisters, Suzanne Brownless, Tallahassee, FL and Nancy Ortiz, Georgia; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. His son Andrew predeceased him in 2014. Leon touched many people, young, old, family, friends and especially the medical staff at the Shands Lung Transplant Department, Gainsville, FL. His closest friends were steadfast and he loved them very much.  Dr. Smith was a strong advocate for opiate addiction awareness and support. To honor his son Andrew’s memory, Dr. Smith established the Andrew Smith Scholarship for opiate addiction awareness and research at Stetson University.  Please honor Leon Smith’s memory by donating to the Stetson Memorial Fund at www.stetson.edu/give or to the Lung Transplant Program Support fund.  Gifts may be mailed to UF Health Office of Development, P.O. Box 100386, Gainesville, FL 32610. Please indicate on your gift that it is in memory of Leon Smith. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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  1. Cathy Hughes lit a candle:
    20 Sep 2020
    Lit since September 20, 2020 at 9:47:11 AM

  2. Patricia Darnall says:
    27 Jul 2020
    I was in Shands Hospital when Leon was in 2011. We shared our great times, as well as difficult ones. I became very fond of him. I only now learned about Leon’s passIng. I only hope that he didn’t suffer at the end. May God wrap His arms around Leon for eternity.

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    05 Apr 2020
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  7. Melanie C Mayo says:
    24 Dec 2019
    I hope Leon knows how very much we love (not "loved") him, and knows how much we will miss having more time with him. Because of his successful lung transplant, we were blessed to have him for 8 more years than we would have otherwise. But because of that, I somehow thought he would be with us forever. So Leon, I feel robbed of your company! If we were together now, these are the things I would say to you: Your puns were the worst and the best ever, and it's widely known that the more groans you got from your audience, the happier you were. Because of you we had a torturous trip to Bock Tower - which turned out to be one of Florida's most beautiful places and we were so grateful to see it. We saw the town of Cassadega which I'd always wanted to see, on the way home from Bock Tower. We saw baby turtles trying to make their way to the safety of the ocean. We met and loved Andrew, Stacy and Sandy. David got to spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and was able to lovingly (and frustratingly) compare your driving to that of Mr. Magoo. Without knowing it, you brought us together with folks who have become dear friends, and for that we are so, so grateful to you. Leon, we love you so very much, and we miss you being here.

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    23 Dec 2019

  9. Ronnie Wilson says:
    22 Dec 2019
    Leon, you were a gentleman and a friend Your neighbors in Lakeside will miss you.

  10. Mary Kay Prout posted an image:
    22 Dec 2019
    Orlando Conference, 6/2019.  Wanted to wear seersucker,
    Orlando Conference, 6/2019. Wanted to wear seersucker,

  11. Bonnie Cavalieri lit a candle:
    22 Dec 2019
    Lit since December 22, 2019 at 12:47:41 PM

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