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Thomas C. "Tom" Smith

Thomas C. "Tom" Smith Obituary
Smith, Thomas C. (Tom)
Thomas C. (Tom) Smith of Phoenix, passed away May 25, 2014. Born on the 16th of March, 1927 in St. Paul, MN, Tom graduated from Humboldt High School on the West side of St. Paul in 1944. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a Pvt. At the age of 17, and served in three wars, WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. He retired in 1968 as a Lt. Col. after 24 years of service. After retiring from the Marine Corp, Tom earned a Teaching Certificate, MA and Administrative Certificate in Education from ASU. He served in the Scottsdale Unified School District for 17 years as a Teacher at Hopi elementary and a Principal at Hohokam Elementary, Ingleside Middle School and Chaparral High School. He also served on the Scottsdale School District Governing Board. In March of 1991, Tom was appointed to serve in the State House of Representatives. He served as a Republican Representative from District 26 for eight years. In 1999 he was elected to serve in the State Senate as a Senator from District 26. He served in that capacity for four years. He was a life member of numerous military and veteran organizations. Tom is survived by his wife, Sarah Jane Smith and six children; Mary Yocum of CA, Michael (JoAnn) Smith of AZ, Ann Smith of AZ, John Smith of GA, Joan Smith of CA and Patrick (Suzanne) Smith of AZ; one stepdaughter, Anne McIntire of AZ, ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening, May 29th at Messinger Mortuary. 7601 E. Indian School Road in Scottsdale, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 30th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 7655 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, with a reception immediately following. At Tom's request, please, please, no donations, sympathy cards or flowers. In lieu of this, take your spouse, companion, friend, neighbor, or whoever, for a night out and have one in honor of Tom. There will be a private burial at the National Memorial Park of Arizona in Phoenix.
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Published in The Arizona Republic on May 29, 2014
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