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Mike Merin "Bubba" Smith

Born: Fri., Oct. 25, 1963
Died: Tue., May 22, 2012


12:30 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., May 26, 2012
Location: - Not available -

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., May 26, 2012

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Mike “Bubba” Smith

Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend, Michael Merin “Bubba” Smith, 48, passed away May 22, 2012 in Hurricane, Utah.  With a police escort to the hospital Mike was born October 25, 1963 in Salt Lake City, Utah; the second of four children to Michael Edward Smith and Madelyn Peterson Semken.  Mike married Wendy Jean MacDonald September 8, 1990 in Helper, Utah and shared 21 years living both in Helper and LaVerkin.  Together they had two handsome sons Kyle and Kody.  These boys are Mike’s pride and joy; he was their best friend, wonderful father and always there for them.    
Mike was raised both in Salt Lake City and Helper.  After graduating from Carbon High School in Price, Mike began his career working for the family businesses; Texaco Gas Station and later Smith Transit Charter Inc. in Helper which he served as Vice President for fifteen years.  He then moved his family to La Verkin which he began a very successful professional truck driving career.
Mike’s greatest joy came from serving his family. Mike will always be remembered for his quick wit, happy laugh, beautiful smile and big bear hugs. Mike loved the outdoors and spending that time with family and friends which included; four wheeling, camping and his greatest love skiing and boating on any lake especially Lake Powell.
Mike is survived by his wife, Wendy Smith; sons: Kyle Merin (Laycee) Smith; Kody Graham Smith; mother, Madelyn Peterson of Price; two sisters, Sue Ann (Scott) Heino of Price; Corinna (Elvin) Anderson of Moab; brother, Corey (Genefer) Smith of Helper.  Special nephew and nieces; Joshua Heino, Jessica Heino, Ashley (Dan) Smith, Niqui McNulty, Sydney and Savana Smith.  Mother- and father-in-law; Kathleen and Duncan MacDonald of La Verkin; special life long friend Tracy Wilcox and many other family members and friends.  Mike was preceded in death by his father, Michael Edward Smith.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 26, 2012, 1:00 p.m. in the La Verkin 4th Ward; 481 North Main Street.  Family and friends may join the family for a viewing at 12:30 p.m. at the same location.  Funeral services are under the direction of Heideman Hughes Mortuary of St. George.  
At Mike’s request cremation services will take place.  
Graveside and burial service will take place Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Richfield City Cemetery under the direction of Magleby Mortuary of Richfield.  
Family and friends are welcome to share memories of Mike and send condolences through www.maglebymortuary.com.

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Barbara J Olsen
   Posted Sat May 26, 2012
Dear Scott, Sue Ann & Family,
I am so sorry about Mike passing away. Always keep your memories of him close to your heart.
Our thoughts & prayers are with your family.
RIP Mike.
With sympathy,
Barbara J Olsen & Joe Maynarich

Matt Wise
   Posted Sat May 26, 2012
I am thankful for many wonderful childhood memories with Mike, riding our dirt bikes up Spring Canyon to Scofield, water skiing, wheeling, church basketball, and just hangint out, somehow we managed to stay out of serious trouble. My heartfelt sympathies are with all of the family. So sorry for your loss. He was always very kind to me. Thanks Bubba.
Matt Wise

Annette & Bill Inglesby
   Posted Sat May 26, 2012
We are so sorry for you loss. Mike's life was way to short. We will always remember Mike doing Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors." He almost sounded like Dolly and it was such a hoot.

Andrea Wise Swanson
   Posted Sat May 26, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Mike's passing away. He was a friend of my brother Matt Wise. I remember one trip I took Matt, Bubba, and little Mike Smith skiing. I think it was the first time Bubba had ever been skiing. I think the boys were in 9th or 10th grade at the time. We all laughed a lot that day and had fun. Later I was a travel agent and went on a few trips with Mike when he was the bus driver. We still laughed a lot and had fun. I know you will miss him terribly and my heart aches for all of you. My thoughts and prayers will be with your family.
Andrea Wise

Robert & Jaylene Heino & Family
   Posted Tue May 29, 2012
We are all so sorry about Mike!!! He really was a great guy and fun to be around. He was always so nice to all of our family and he will be dearly missed!!!

brooks and heidi nelson
   Posted Wed May 30, 2012
to wendy and sons we are so sorry to here about mike we will miss his humor and freindship.we were out of town when we heard..again were so sorry and were thinking about your family and mike

Brian & Cindy Nielsen
   Posted Wed May 30, 2012
Wendy and Family: We were so sorry to hear about Mike. He was a great guy and we were lucky to know him. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Debi, Trista and Kade
   Posted Thu May 31, 2012
Wendy, Kyle and Cody, we are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad, Husband and best friend will be missed by many. I am going to miss his calls, his hugs and his laugh. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love always, your cuz

   Posted Thu May 31, 2012
Sue Ann,
Since we were little girls, I have always thought the world of you. I have always been in awe of your strength. You put together an amazing tribute for your brother. Your love poured out and filled the room. I love you, my deepest sympathy.


Rich and Mary Watson
   Posted Sat June 02, 2012
Dear Wendy and Boys,

We were shocked and saddened to hear about Mike's passing. He was way too young to be taken from you but I'm sure you take comfort knowing that he is finally free from the pain he has had to endure. Now you all have a special guardian angel watching over you. Hold on to the great memories you have had with him.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rich and Mary Watson

Scott Harmon
   Posted Tue June 05, 2012
It's been quite some time since I was able to talk with Mike, but his smile, voice, humor and gentle ways left an impression on me that is shared by all that were privileged enough to meet Mike. At random times I would remember something he would say and my day was always a bit brighter. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Shelly Peterson Angelos
   Posted Tue June 05, 2012
To The Family and Loved Ones:

So sorry about the passing of Mike. I have fond memories of our family times when we were kids, such as the Thanksgivings spent together. Please accept my sincere condolences at this most difficult time. My deepest sympathies. May you find peace and solace.

Much Love,
Shelly Peterson Angelos

Sandi Peterson Huntsman
   Posted Wed June 06, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I wish the best for your family.

Shauri Dee Peterson Forbush
   Posted Thu June 07, 2012
So sorry to hear about Mike's passing. Mike is my older "boy" cousin and I always enjoyed visiting with them. He took us for rides in his "fast" car and it was very exciting for me. We also went to the movie "Take Down" in Price. It's been many years since I have seen him, but learning of his passing brought back these and other good memories I have. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.

Richard Lipscomb
   Posted Thu June 07, 2012
I just found out today or I would have been at the ceremony. Mike and I were friends in high school and afterword for many years. I will miss him. My condolences to you Wendy and the boys.

Steve Peterson Jr.
   Posted Tue June 12, 2012
I send my love and sympathy to the Smith family. It was wonderful to see family at the graveside service and the luncheon afterwards. May we all support each other in this time of loss. We will miss you Mike!

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