Smith, Mark Curtis, Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Friday night at Covenant after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his family. Age 74 years. Mark was born on August 23, 1937, in Essexville, Michigan. He attended Central High School and Bay City Junior College, before joining the US Army. He was stationed overseas in Japan where he immersed himself in the food and culture. When he completed his service, he returned home, began working for General Motors and later EDS as a computer operator and help desk specialist, retiring after 35 years of service. He married Judith Kaye Grew August 1, 1964; she survives him. They lived in Warren for thirteen years. Mark is survived by his wife, Judith; and his children, Rebecca and her husband, Joel Field; and Curtis and his wife, Amanda Smith. He also has four grandchildren: Emma and Isaiah Field and Evan and Addison Smith. Mark is also survived by his sisters, Elaine Corzine and Margaret Boehm, his sister-in-law, Patricia and Jerry Dixon, and brother-in-law, Keith (Chris Houle ) Grew. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, and their families. His parents, George and Edith (Black) Smith; his brother, Edward; and his brother-in-laws Jim Corzine and Louis Boehm, have predeceased him. He loved helping people. He and his wife Judy were members of Grace Baptist Church on Mackinaw for over 30 years, where Mark spent countless hours with his friend Don Quast repairing and maintaining the facilities. While at Grace, he also served as treasurer, sang in the choir, served on the deacon board and was Past Chair, and served as a greeter with Judith for many years. Hunting, fishing and golfing with his son, Curtis, and brother-in-law, Jerry, were among his top joys. He enjoyed long drives with his wife to look at the scenery, visit lighthouses, find something interesting at a local hardware store, and look up friends. Mark’s sudden and unexpected illness in 2006 led to him residing at Saginaw Geriatrics Home. The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to the wonderful and compassionate staff at Saginaw Geriatrics, who lovingly took care of Mark. Also, they would like to thank the equally compassionate and caring nurses, therapists, and doctors that took care of Mark at Covenant. Their smiles, humor, and honesty were a Godsend. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, where his family will receive friends from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, and then on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Pastor Dave Boillat will officiate. Private committal will take place at the Garfield Cemetery in Crump, Michigan. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Grace Baptist Church, Saginaw, or the Saginaw Geriatrics Activities Fund.