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Bernard Smith

February 27, 1952 — February 3, 2022

Bernard "Mark" Smith, 69, of Safford Arizona, was born February 27, 1952, to Billy G. Smith & Marion Ruth (Kreidler) Smith in Waco, Texas. After spending his early childhood in Texas, Mark's family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. Mark attended grade school at Saint Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix, Arizona. During these years Mark was an altar boy at Saint Thomas as well as a paperboy delivering the local paper. He attended High School at Saint Mary's in Phoenix and later attended Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Arizona. It was while he was attending EAC that he met his future wife, Nicki. The two were married on August 25, 1973, at the home of Mark's parents in Phoenix. Mark worked for Phelps Dodge in the Morenci mine. During the mine strike of 1983, Mark relocated his family, which now included four sons, to Alpine, Arizona. While living in Alpine, Mark worked as a certified mechanic until the late 1990s when he had to leave his job to provide full-time at-home care for his wife Nicki. In March of 2007 Mark and Nicki moved to Safford, Arizona where Mark continued to care for his wife. After Nicki passed away in 2012 Mark began to pursue his passion for photography. He made many friends in the Safford area while still maintaining friendships from his years in Alpine. Mark is preceded in death by his father Billy and his wife Nicki. Mark is survived by his mother Marion; sisters Mary and Martha; sons Chris, Jeremy (Adrienne), Cody (Ami), and Justin (Jamie); granddaughters Kylee, Calli, Jadyn, Samantha, Avery, Bonnie, Jacey, and Haylee. Services for Mark will be held on Thursday, February 17, 2022, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church starting with a viewing at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Recitation of the Rosary at 10:30 and the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. with burial in the Sacred Heart Cemetery.
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