Mark Howard Smith
1941 ~ 2015

Our sweet Husband and Dad passed away suddenly on Feb 24, 2015. It may have been unexpected, but he lived a full life and for that we are so grateful. He is preceded in death by his wife Linda Louise Herrick, his parents Howard and Merle, Stepmother Vonnie and his Sister Nancy. He is survived by his wife Dawn and her five children, spouses and 21 grandchildren. He is also survived by his children, Abby (Jason), Eric (Christy), Bart (Lisa), Matthew (Whitni), Aaron (Anna), Joshua (Kortny), Chrissy (Greg) and 23 grandchildren.

Mark was born in California on Nov 12 1941. His baby blessing was the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. Perhaps that played a role in his decision to join the military. He joined the Air Force in July of 1964 and it was his career until 1991 when he retired as Colonel.

Mark and Linda were married civilly in 1964 and sealed in the Oakland Temple in 1965. Linda herself was a military brat and was a great companion for Mark through their 16 moves/separations. Their final move after retirement brought them to Utah.

He was a faithful member of the LDS church. He was devoted to the Gospel in every way. He served three missions with his wife Dawn…a lifelong goal for him. Thank you to Dawn for helping him accomplish this in his life as it was so important to him. He also served in many positions in the church and as a Temple worker on three different occasions.

Mark lettered in tennis and cross country in high school and loved both sports his whole life. He was a master of ping pong and Mark loved surfing as a young man and later body surfing. We hope Heaven has a beach because he loved the ocean. Mark had a way of introducing himself to any and every one. If you were uncomfortable with that…well that was going to happen whether you wanted it to or not. He truly meant well in all he did and all he said. One of his life’s mottos was “Kill ‘em with Kindness”. He certainly tried to always to do that.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 11:00 am at the Cedar Hills 16th LDS Ward Chapel, 10351 North Bayhill Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. Family and friends may call Friday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah, and also at an additional viewing on Saturday morning from 9:30-10:30 am prior to services at the church. Interment will take place in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at In Lieu of flowers please contribute to the General Mission Fund of the LDS Church.

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