Smitty Cox

Smith “Smitty” Cox, 75 of Jefferson passed away on July 30, 2018. Smitty was born on June 6, 1943 in Lebanon, Oregon to Delbert “Mike” and Louise (Looney) Cox. He grew up on thefamily farm just east of Albany. Smitty attended Clover Ridge School and Albany High School, where he was involved in 4-H and FFA and had a flock of 350 ewes. He showed his lambs at numerous fairs.

Smitty married Ileane Miller in 1963 and they had two sons, Brad and Wade, before later divorcing.

His ancestors came West on the first wagon train to traverse the Oregon Trail and settled inthe Willamette Valley in 1843. He was proud of his pioneer heritage, was sixth generation on the land and lived on the farm located north of Jefferson since 1966. It's the oldest family owned farm in the state of Oregon. Smitty began his career working with sheep and cattlewith his parents. In 1972, Smitty was instrumental in bring purebred Polled Hereford bulls from Canada to the United States. Smitty worked at the Portland Union Stockyards in 1975 and operated a buying station where he worked with sheep producers from all over the Pacific Northwest. In 1985 he established a sheep receiving station on the family farm in Jefferson.

Smitty met his long-time love, Teresa Barber, in 1995 at the Oregon Sheep Grower's 100th Anniversary convention. They spent the last 22 years raising and showing purebred Hereford cattle, and exhibited at many shows around the country. He greatly admired Spidel bloodlines and had carried on those genetics in his herd. He owned cattle in Canada and continued to maintain those connections and friendships with several Canadian Hereford breeders. A highlight of his years raising Herefords was attending the World Hereford Conference in Calgary in 2012 and attending the Stampede. Smitty and Teresa thoroughly enjoyed mentoring and advising youth in the livestock industry, as well as their own grandchildren.Smitty was a member of the Oregon Hereford Association, American Hereford Association and Oregon Sheep Growers Association.

Smitty was a loving man that touched the lives of so many, including extended family. He is survived by his love, Teresa Barber, sons Brad (Buckley) of Eagle Point, Wade (Danelle) of Albany, sister Kay (Bob) Cowan Thompson of John Day and grandchildren who will miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister Jeri (Cox) Nicholson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Oregon Hereford Association, in memory of Smith Cox, to PO Box 137, Crabtree, Oregon 97335.

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