Martin Anthony and Nancy Jeane Smith
1956 - 2020
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Martin Anthony & Nancy Jeane Smith
November 1956 - April 27, 2020
Alpine
Marty and Nancy Smith were both born in November, 1956. Natural born athletes, both were very active in sports throughout their young lives, instilling in them a very competitive nature. They both grew up in San Diego, and they were introduced at a mutual friend's house in 1975 when they were 18 years old. By that time, Marty had already been a professional motocross racer for Team Honda for a year, and Nancy was an independent, vivacious blonde with a love for life that instantly captured his attention and his heart. Marty would go on to win 3 AMA National Motocross Championships, and together they were the dynamic duo, with Nancy accompanying Marty to all his races as his #1 fan and cheerleader.Marty and Nancy were married on November 22, 1980, at Saint Brigid's Catholic Church in Pacific Beach, and their three children followed soon after. While the sporting world knew the famous Marty Smith, behind the scenes was always Nancy, the heart and soul of the family. Martin, as Nancy always called him, would be the first to say that what really defined him as a man was his love for her. Nancy was a force to be reckoned with, a little hurricane of love and positivity, always in motion. Fiercely loving their children, Jillyin, Brooke and Tyler, and turning her gaze on all the rest of the family, her sisters and brother, and sprinkling her fairy dust on everyone else lucky enough to be in her universe. Nancy was always so positive and full of life, and she always left you feeling better than you had before encountering her. Marty and Nancy moved to Alpine in 1991, and they loved hosting parties in their backyard by the pool with all their friends and family. They spent many weekends in the desert, and had a great group of friends who always camped together in Glamis. When Marty wasn't training riders through his Marty Smith Motocross Clinic or managing Supercross teams, they loved swimming and laying out by the pool and playing Backgammon, Rummy, and Mexican Train dominoes. Their home was always a safe place to land for all their family and friends, and their loving and accepting arms were always open to anyone who needed some security. They were never more in love than they were in these last few years of their lives, and together they welcomed two grandsons and then five granddaughters into their family, who were their constant source of laughter, pride and joy. Martin's parents, Al and Joan, moved in with them in 2013, and once again Nancy's loving and nurturing personality shined as she cared for them until the end of their lives.They frequently escaped, just the two of them and their dogs, to the desert where they'd play cards and games, go swimming in the canal, and go for sunset cruises in their dune buggy. It was on one of these trips where their lives were cut short in a dune buggy accident. Marty and Nancy lived every single day to the very fullest, and they died doing what they loved. They died in the way that any happily-married couple would want, they left this world together. They leave behind an enormous void, but we were all so incredibly blessed to have had them as parents, grandparents, and friends. They are survived by their three children, seven grandchildren, six brothers and sisters, and multiple nieces and nephews.Their funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10am, at Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon, California.



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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Apr. 18, 2021.
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April 24, 2021
Two lives well lived. =Godspeed= Marty & Nancy.
Clyde Williams
Classmate
April 24, 2021
thanks for the beautiful childhood memories we have of Marty here in the Philippines. Got to be a responsible rider just reading and watching tapes of him. We all had posters of him. Always my favorite brand till now. Rest in Gods beautiful kingdom Marty and Nancy. Our prayers to both of you and the whole family.
Fernando Lopez
Acquaintance
April 24, 2021
When the world hit a downhill section, God called home two of his finest Angels to oversee us from above and guide us with love, family, friends and God first.... It’s been a tough year - but here we all are strengthening those bonds now more than ever this past year.....
Thank you Nancy and Marty for shinning brightly from above, reinforcing what God always wished for his children - LOVE
ANGELS RULE !!!
Alfred Burke
Friend
April 23, 2021
As to say l knew you briefly as a kid ..but a great impact to my family as our parents would chat at carlsbad RW..and ended up working w your brother as a firefighter..the day you came up to my mom at our camper at CRW and asked if she was ok after a horrible accident to her..was a true show of you as a person..and from these comments it is what l knew way back in the day...a TRUE GENUINE GENTLEMAN ..RIP Martin and Nancy ..GOD BLESS THE ENTIRE SMITH FAMILY
Alan Redden
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April 22, 2021
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April 22, 2021
It’s still hard for me to even wake up to the reality that these two beautiful people are not on earth anymore.

They will be dearly missed, I love them both from very early age.

I’ll see you again on the other side.
Jackie Traverson
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April 21, 2021
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April 20, 2021
There are really no words to express the sorrow and loss the entire motocross community feels from top level world champions to the backyard trail riders, but there are also really no words to express the gratitude and and the joy that Marty and Nancy brought into this world even to those who had never met them . Our hearts ache for their Children and Grandchildren, and the motocross and off road communities will always be there for any of you should you ever need anything. Some people come into this world and make it a better place, that's Marty and Nancy's legacy.
Paul Grimm
Friend
April 20, 2021
I was lucky enough to meet Marty at the Snake River Canyon race in Idaho and got to reconnect with him many times over the years. Marty was always humble and happy to chat with me for a bit as well as give my son Sean a few tips on his riding. RIP Marty and Nancy, prayer to the entire Smith family.
Thad Friday
April 19, 2021
It was an honor to meet you many years ago when i was 14 years old. You where always a true professional and are still my hero. See you on the other side!
Jim millard
Acquaintance
April 19, 2021
Marty and Nancy were truly gems and their storybook lives were an inspiration to all who knew them.
Steve Bauer
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April 19, 2021
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Darrell Penkert
April 19, 2021
Such a huge inspiration to millions of young and old all over the world. Marty and Nancy set the tone for the look and how to present yourself in society under such pressure!
Chuck
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
You brought so much to those of us who loved motocross.
Nancy Tabaka Stencil
April 18, 2021
Thanks for everything Marty. Espescially being a great role model. Bless Nancy for being a great companion.
Robert Vaughn Herndon
April 18, 2021
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