Tracy Smith

October 26, 2018


Tracy Allen Smith passed away peacefully on 26 October 2018 in Monterey, California.  He was born in Dallastown, PA to Sue Smith on 10 February 1965.  Tracy dedicated his life of 53 years to service for his country and his family. He is survived by his wife of 17 years Jennifer and his son Alexander (Xander).

An only child born of modest means, Tracy worked on a local fruit farm at the age of 12, managing it by age 15.  Tracy graduated from Dallastown High School in 1983 where he excelled in both academics and sports. As Pennsylvania State Athlete of the Year, Tracy broke high school records for a running back including most touchdowns in a season and most touchdowns in one game. His record stood for 33 years.

Tracy attended Duke University on a football scholarship and was the Blue Devils’ leading rusher in 1986.  He studied a semester at Cambridge University and then graduated from Duke with honors.  He went on to earn a masters degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.  Upon graduation, Tracy was a staff aide to Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford.

He then began working for a Washington DC based defense contractor where he traveled to Kazakhstan for the Defense Nuclear Agency to assist with the dismantlement of intercontinental ballistic missiles. 

Tracy then joined the CIA where, as an operations officer in the Counter Proliferation Division, he specialized in counterterrorism and the counterproliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

In 1999, Tracy went on assignment to Budapest, Hungary where he tracked down nuclear material smugglers.  There he met his wife, Jennifer Lee.  He proposed two years later in London on the London Eye and they were married in Hallam, Pennsylvania on 21 October 2001.

Following their marriage, Tracy and Jen were stationed in Amman, Jordan where he worked with international allies on Counter Terrorism.  Because of his WMD expertise, he was then deployed to Baghdad, Iraq.

After returning from the Middle East, Tracy founded his own defense contracting business. He then founded Operational Surveyors, which provides analytical and operational support to government agencies, private companies, and academic institutions. 

In 2005, Tracy and Jen’s son Xander was born. Tracy loved being a father and cherished his wife and son.  Tracy, Jen and Xander spent several wonderful years living in Incline Village, NV where Tracy served as a Boy Scout Leader and was an avid hiker.  They moved to Pacific Grove, CA in 2016.

A fan of jazz music, Tracy served on the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Ambassadors Advisory Board.  Later in his career, he founded The Global Resource Initiative (TGRI), a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the productivity and livelihood of people in the developing world through access to information, expertise and technology.

Tracy’s life of adventure included hiking Petra in Jordan, honeymooning along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, vacationing on the Turkish side of Cyprus, scuba diving in the Red Sea, and camping in the Wadi Rum Desert.

Those who so desire may make memorial contributions in memory of Tracy to TGRI.  Donations may be sent to:  TGRI, IHO Tracy Smith, 774 Mays Blvd, Suite 10-412, Incline Village, NV 89451


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