PHILADELPHIA – Mark D. Smith, 51, of Philadelphia, and formerly of McHenry, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia after a six-month battle with cancer.|
Mark was born April 17, 1961, in McHenry to Lester L. and Elizabeth "Betty" (McKean) Smith.
He was a 1979 graduate of McHenry East High School, and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2000, Mark was employed by North American Publishing Co. (NAPCO) as the technology editor for Printing Impressions magazine. Previously, he was employed by American Printer magazine in Chicago, where he became managing editor. Later, he was the Midwest editor for Micro Publishing News and also managed websites for Cygnus Publishing.
In his role at NAPCO, he immersed himself in the technologies of the printing industry and internal processes. His managing editor, Mark Michelson, said, "With an acerbic wit and an unflinching eye for detail, Mark's exacting standards enabled NAPCO to build upon its online brand. Boasting a keen eye for news value, Mark sculpted Today On PIWorld into one of NAPCO's most powerful products, blending printing, publishing and technology news into a well-rounded offering that spoke to the needs of today's printing executives."
Passionate about his work, Mark continued to work despite illness and the effects of chemotherapy treatments. Those he worked with admired his keen wit and brilliant understanding of technical topics in the rapidly evolving field of publishing and printing.
Mark was an avid cyclist. A loving son and a dear brother, his siblings always will treasure the memory of his devotion to their parents.
He is survived by his loving siblings, Edward (Debora) Smith of McHenry, Linda (Robert) Kunz of Fox River Grove, Laura (Bob) Garbacz of Schaumburg and Craig (Maggie) Smith of Shorewood, Wis.; eight nieces and nephews, Devin (Lynnaea), Derek, Dustin, Mary, Graham, Lizzie, Katy and Ali; and great-nephew. Logan.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty, on May 15, 2003; and his father, Lester, on Sept. 14, 2005.
The visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry. A prayer service is planned for 4 p.m. in the funeral home.
Inurnment will be in Church of Holy Apostles Cemetery, McHenry, at a later date.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to the
in care of Janet Smith, Memorials Chairperson, 200 S. Green St., McHenry, IL 60050, or to a
For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an online condolence message for his family.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Jan. 25, 2013