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Michael Howard Smith Sr.


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Michael Howard Smith Sr. Obituary
Smith, Michael Howard Sr.
57, of Plano, Texas passed away on October 11, 2016 surrounded by his family at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas after complications of a heart transplant. Michael was born December 22nd, 1958 in Phoenix, AZ to Howard and Lea Smith. He graduated from West High School in Phoenix and went on to serve a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He married his loving wife, Lauri Ferrin, in 1981. They moved to Texas in 1984 and opened Do-It-Yourself Pest & Weed Control, where they worked side-by-side for 30 years. They also founded and owned Plano Pets from 1992 to 2007. Michael loved coaching baseball for and with his sons, from T-ball to high school elite. He along with his wife and daughters formed and managed the country music trio, Three of Hearts, who performed from 1998 to 2007. Michael loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and hunting. Michael is survived by his wife, Lauri Ferrin Smith, his daughter, Shelly Bowman and husband, Rich, his son, Mike Smith Jr., his daughter, Amanda Doellman and husband Chris, his son, Mitchell Smith and wife, Faye, and son Matthew Smith, his grandchildren; McKenzie, Braxton and Bailey Bowman, Ragen, and Hunter Smith, and their mother Sarah Smith, Rilea, Dylan and Barrett Doellman and Melissa, Colton, and Oren Smith. He is also survived by his mother, Lucy Leatrice Smith, his brother, Kenneth Smith, sister, Diane Asay and husband Bruce, sister, Cheryl Smith and husband Doug, sister, Kendra West and husband Kim, sister, Michele Watkins and husband Butch, sister, Pamela Shawkey and husband Chris, sister, Kimberly Squire and husband Mike, and many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Kenneth Smith and his older brother, Mario Rubinelli. A viewing for friends and family will be held at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m. in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday October 22nd at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 48 E. Ashland under the care of Samaritan Funeral Home. He will then be laid to rest next to his father at Resthaven Park Cemetery at 4310 E. Southern, Phoenix, AZ. In lieu of flowers, donations to the LDS Church Missionary Fund are greatly appreciated, designated as "Elder Matthew Smith Mission Fund". Please mail to Bishop Jim Lucero at 2708 Sunset Cr. Plano, TX 75093.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2016
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