April 19, 2012
"Dear Kathy and family,
I was so saddened to read of Homer's death. I will never forget my first meeting with him, in Terry Donahue's office, at UCLA. My husband, Don Collins, had told me all of the Camp Vermillion stories, so meeting him was such a thrill for me. A year or so later you, Homer, Don and I all had lunch together in Santa Monica. It was a dream come true for Don to be with Homer again, swapping stories and laughing.
It is one year, almost to the day, that Homer died and I hope, for you, that the healing process is softening your loss.
Georgie Collins- Atienza (Guadalajara) Spain"
May 12, 2011
I heard from our friend Eric Jones that Homer passed away. I was so sorry to learn the sad news. I had only recently learned of his illness.
What a special person Homer was and what a fine life he lived. You will not be surprised to learn that the phone lines are busy with Homer’s many friends calling each other to talk of our respect and affection for him.
Joyce and I are thinking about you and your family during what has to be a terribly tough time."
May 11, 2011
"Absolutely the best! Fond memories of Coach Smith's time at Air Force. A true genius...and gentleman.
Colonel Dave Nuss, USAFA '63"
April 30, 2011
"My deepest sumpathy to Coach Smith's loved ones. I met him after an Army-Penn State football game in '76. I admired his writing skills, and have given several copies of his novel, "A Game to Play" to friends. May your faith bring you solace."
April 24, 2011
"Dear Mrs. Smith,
I was so saddened when my son Rob
informed me of Homer's death. Rob thought so much of Coach Smith. He not only taught him more football than he could ever remember but he taught him how to be a better person. Rob would come back to San Antonio on holidays telling Patricia and me "Homer Smith stories". Patricia and I will always remember the Rose Bowl in 1994 against Wisconson. The team trip to Disneyland with you and Coach Smith was a wonderful opportunity to get to know you. We loved Homer because he always made us feel confortable when we talked to him. He gave our son the opportunity to attend UCLA on scholarship where he made life-long friends and played under Homer's brilliant tutledge. We will always remember him as a great friend, an humble and honorable man, and a player's coach."
Pat & Patricia walker