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Martin Laurence Smith November 2, 1934 – April 18, 2014

Posted: Monday, Apr 21st, 2014

Martin L. Smith, age 79, passed away at Evanston Regional Hospital in Evanston, on April 18, 2014. He was born on November 2, 1934, in Fort Collins, Colo., the son of Martin Leslie and Alene Viola (Hicks) Smith. He was the baby brother of five older sisters.

Martin lived and attended school in Walden, Colo. When he was nine, his family moved to Fort Collins, where he finished his schooling. He married Joy Juvenall and they had two children: Alan Leslie, and Debra Lynn. Martin and Joy later divorced.

On June 30, 1968, Martin married Janis Bartschi, joining her and her son, Cameron John. Martin and Janis were married for 45 years. To this union were born a daughter, Melanie Anne, and a son, Martin Laurence (Marty).

Martin’s career was in auto body repair, which he began at age 17. He owned his first shop in 1956, when he was 22 years of age. A few years were spent as a State Farm insurance adjuster. For the last 29 years he was owner of Smith’s Auto Body in Evanston. He was known for his quality of work and his honesty. He helped many stranded motorists who had been caught in Wyoming weather.

Martin was a pilot who loved flying and he enjoyed working on his own airplanes. In his younger years he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved being in the outdoors and camping with his family.

Martin is preceded in death by his parents, and all five sisters; Lila Forbes, Eleanor Hughes, Joyce Martin, Edna Carlson and Frances Bujack.

Martin is survived by his wife, Janis Smith, of Evanston; children, Debby Burk of Manitou Springs, Colo.; Alan Smith of Casper; Cameron John, of Evanston; Melanie (Ken) Riel, of Laramie; and Marty (Tonya) Smith, of Woodland Park, Colo. Martin is also survived by eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

Martin was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 22, from 6-8 p.m., at Crandall Funeral Home in Evanston. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, April 23, at 10 a.m., at the Evanston South Stake Center, with Bishop Dee Dillree officiating.

There will be a viewing at the church one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Interment and graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Providence City Cemetery, in Providence, Utah.

Online condolences may be left at crandallfhevanston.com.

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