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Dr. Michael Jay Smith


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Dr. Michael Jay Smith

Gilbert - Dr. Michael Jay Smith of Gilbert, Arizona, passed away on October 4, 2018 after battling brain and liver cancer for the past six and a half months.

Michael was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 9, 1951 to Roland and Madge Smith. After his parents were killed in a small plane accident, his uncle and aunt, Milan Dale and Jessica Udall Smith, raised him and his sister, Kathleen, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. In 1970 he served a two-year mission for the in Argentina.

Michael met his bride to be, Karen Taylor, while they were both students at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. They were married on August 26, 1977 and later moved to Virginia so Mike could attend Georgetown University School of Dentistry in nearby Washington, D.C.

After graduating from dental school in 1984, Michael and Karen moved to Mesa, Arizona where Michael opened and managed his own family dental practice in Mesa for 33 years. He was a true craftsman when it came to dental work. He lived life to the fullest, always placing the love he had for his wife and family above all else. Michael had a contagious sense of humor, and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

Michael is survived by his wife, Karen, daughters, Kari (Justin) Cook, Kristin (Tim) Reed, Kenna Smith (Cody Miner), Kelli Smith, son, Matthew Smith, and seven grandchildren.

Visitation for family and friends wishing to pay their respects may visit Falconer Funeral Home, 251 W Juniper Ave. Gilbert, Arizona on Friday October 12th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 13th, 2018, at 11:00 am in the LDS chapel of the Gilbert-Greenfield Stake Center, 777 E. Elliot Rd, Gilbert, Arizona. Condolences may be shared with the family at falconerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 10, 2018
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