Mark Allen Smith


Posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Juneau resident Mark Allen Smith, 42, died in a boating accident on Aug. 30, 2005 when he was commercial fishing. He was born July 28, 1963, in Myrtle Point, Ore. He graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1981 and moved to Juneau in 1985. He worked for the city harbor department at Don Statter Harbor in Auke Bay before becoming a commercial fisherman. Family and friends were most important to him. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his two boys, family and many close friends. He was a devoted father, taking his sons hunting, fishing, skiing, to hockey games and participating and helping out in their classrooms at Auke Bay Elementary.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Jack and Fern Hawley; and great-grandparents, Gus and Gladys Johnson.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; sons, Trevor and Dillon; parents, Kenneth and Linda Smith of Wasilla; sister, Crystal (Mike) Byers; niece and nephew, Kendi and Hunter Byers of Wasilla; brother-in-law, Kevin Fry of Fremont, Calif.; brother-in-law, Craig Fry of Eugene, Ore.; sister-in-law, Dana Fry of North Bend, Ore.; father-in-law, Burt Fry of Coquille, Ore.; aunt, Ardis Rock of Bandon, Ore.; great aunt and uncle, Bob and Donna Johnson of Myrtle Point, Ore.; and John and Marvis Henry of Soldotna; and numerous cousins in Oregon and Washington.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005 at the Alaskan Memorial Park & Mortuary, 3839 Riverside Drive in Juneau.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark's name may be made to the Juneau Douglas Ice Association, P. O. Box 240811, Douglas, Alaska 99824, to support youth hockey in Juneau.

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