CANTON - Michael K. Smith, 48, of Canton passed away on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at his residence.
He was born on May 23, 1966, in Canton to Dale and Betty (Bertetto) Smith. He married Donna L. Shaw on Feb. 9, 1991, in Canton. She survives.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Also surviving are his mother; two sisters, Sandra Schuman of Chillicothe and Pat Fowler of Peoria; nieces and nephews, Greg Schuman, Amy Tiff, Angela (Tim) Burke, Natalie Fowler, Amanda Waddell, Nick (Erika) Shaw, Joel (Kerrie) Shaw and Derek Shaw; and several great-nieces and nephews.
Mike graduated from Canton High School and later graduated from Bradley University in 1988, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.
He worked as a legislative assistant for the Illinois House of Representatives from 1986 to 1992, where he was assigned to staff Judiciary II Criminal Law Committee. From 1992 to 1995, he was a citizens advocate for the Illinois Attorney General's Office, assigned to the Peoria Regional Office. He was elected to be state representative in 1995, and proudly served eight terms, representing the 91st District, including parts of Fulton, Peoria and Tazewell counties in central Illinois. He was appointed chairman of the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee for four years, Appropriation Committee for Elementary and Secondary Committee and Agriculture and Conservation Committee. He served as a member of the Environment and Energy Committee, Financial Institutions Committee, Judiciary II-Criminal Law Committee and the Personnel and Pensions Committee. He served as the chairman and vice chairman of the Downstate Democratic Caucus. He was the founder and co-chairman of the Illinois Legislative Fire Services Caucus.
Mike was involved in the Graham Hospital in Canton as a trustee emeritus and the 336 Highway Coalition as a founding member and was past president of the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, a former board member of the American Heart Association Illinois Affiliate, past president of the American Heart Association Fulton County Division, a former board member of the Fulton-Mason Crisis Service and past Parish Council President at St. Mary's Catholic Church. He received numerous awards, including the Glen Walters Memorial Award, Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois Legislator of the Year, Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts Friend of Agriculture, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association 1999 Legislative Award, Illinois Association of Rural Electric Co-ops Representative of the year, Illinois ABATE Outstanding Legislator Award, Illinois Education Association Legislative Service Award, Illinois Hospital Association Friend of Agriculture and the Illinois Farm Bureau Leo Sharp Award.
A visitation was held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with a funeral service at 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mike Smith Scholarship Fund, c/o Mid-America National Bank.
To view Mike's memorial tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.