Martin Anthony & Nancy Jeane Smith
November 1956 - April 27, 2020
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.