Mark Smith

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Mark Leslie Smith 48 died Saturday November 12, 2011, with his family and friends by his side.

A service will be held Sunday November 20 at Abbot Loop Community Church; 2626 Abbot Road. Funeral services will be from 5-6 p.m. with a celebration of life potluck from 6-7:30 p.m.

Mark was born in Santa Maria, California on July 26, 1963 to Leon Leslie Carraway and Patricia Bea Smith. Mark came to Anchorage in 1970 and graduated from Bartlett High School in 1984. He moved from API to Hope Community Resources around 1975. Throughout his life Mark lived with wonderful foster parents, group home families, and supported living housemates.

Mark, well known by all as "never having a bad day", was deeply loved by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. He embraced life to the fullest and brought joy to all those around him, and will be fondly remembered for his famous kisses on the cheek. To Mark, no one was an acquaintance everyone was a friend, and his jovial nature was infectious.

Mark, who was well known for his socializing, would often go to Wells Fargo, the O'Brady Restaurant in the Diamond Mall, the Jewel Lake Holiday Store, and numerous other stores and locations throughout Anchorage, for the simple pleasure of visiting with friends. He loved music and could often be found rocking out at Koot's, Hope Discovery Center, or the Music at the Park. Mark loved to bowl and made those at Jewel Lake Bowling and the Trophy Lounge his second family. You would often find him riding the People Mover downtown to Humpy's and the Saturday Market. Mark participated in local, state, and international Special Olympic events for years; and avidly participated in events sponsored through The Arc of Anchorage, Challenge Alaska, and Hope Community Resources. Mark's last place of work was at the downtown Court House with Assets, and was a member of Trinity Christian Reformed Church.

Mark is survived by his mother; Patti Smith, siblings; Liz (Paul) Hook, Steve (Stacy) Carraway, Dan Carraway, and Galena (Rick) Vanevey; nieces and nephews Buddy, Sammie, Ashley, Kadie, Stephen, Addy, and Harley; great nieces and nephew Alexandra, Colton, and Lily.

The family is asking in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Special Olympics Anchorage and/or Hope Community Resources both who loved and supported Mark for most of his life.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21, 2011