Otha Smith

Otha Smith

Otha Smith (affectionately known as “O”) transitioned on Sept. 8.

He entered life on Nov. 18, 1974 to his beloved mother, Patricia Smith, and father, Otha B. Smith.

A native of Chicago, Smith attended the University of Chicago Laboratory School and graduated from Hales Franciscan High School in 1992. He furthered his education at the University of Illinois, where he earned a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism and marketing.

In summer of 2000, Smith traveled to Minnesota to visit friends. Quickly developing a network of new friends in the area, Smith relocated to the Twin Cities in 2002, eventually settling in Eden Prairie. In 2008 Smith with diagnosed with renal kidney failure and was placed on dialysis. In 2014 he was blessed to become a kidney transplant recipient. It was his journey with kidney disease that led him on a quest to live each moment fully and joyfully. He also became a strong advocate for organ donation.

For 21 years Smith worked with American Back-Haulers, later acquired by CH Robinson Worldwide, where he held a leadership position in the company’s international headquarters.

A devoted son to his mother, who transitioned due to breast cancer, Smith became a regular participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.   

Smith was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and traveled to multiple stadiums to watch the Cubs play. He would also travel the country to destinations such as Atlanta, New Orleans and others to see musical concerts, including seeing the Beyoncé and Jay-Z “On the Run” and “On the Run II” concerts.  

Smith leaves behind his father (Coretta), stepbrother, Mark Davis, stepsister, Diana Davis, five aunts, four uncles, a host of cousins and countless friends in the Twin Cities, Chicago and from the University of Illinois.

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