Mark Edward Smith
Palm Bay, FL
Mark Smith, 63, started his new life in heaven on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Those that knew him well, know that he wasted no time taking on his new tasks, eager to feel useful and have the ability to serve once again.
Beyond his familial roles, he was known as "Coach Smith" and "Mr. Mark". He was very generous, always volunteering his time, and he had an incredible imagination and talent to make life a little more special and fun for everyone, young and old alike.
Mark was an Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War. His military career was spent as an Air Traffic Controller which included participation in the shuttle program at Patrick AFB. He retired as a Master Sergeant and continued his career in the private sector at Space Coast Regional Airport and Melbourne Airport. He was extremely proud of his service and his country.
He was an avid follower of Jesus Christ and an active member of Centerpointe Church. His faith gave him the strength to endure the disabilities caused by his illness. He never complained.
Mark is survived by his wife Joan; his mother Marie; his brother Jeff; his sisters and their husbands, Karen (Barry), Gail (Steve) and Anita (Kenny); his sons and their wives, Derek (Christina) and Dan (Melissa); his step children and their spouses, Douglas (Karen) and Susan (Jason); his grandchildren Daniel, Kaylee, Elizabeth, Austin, Jackson, Sydney and Colton; and his loving nieces and nephews. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Jack. He will be extremely missed by his family who loved him as dearly as he loved them.
A memorial service will be held at Centerpointe Church, 891 Coply Street, SE, Palm Bay at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 17, 2013. His final resting place will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Mark would have greatly appreciated a donation to Centerpointe Church Children's Ministry.
Arrangements entrusted to Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, 724-2222. Share memories and sign the family guestbook at www.afcfcare.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Nov. 12 to Nov. 14, 2013