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Todd Eric Smith, cherished husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and grandson, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening Nov 3 2013, in Gilbert, AZ. Todd was born in Phoenix Oct 8 1973 to Eric and Janet Smith. He was the second of five children, and spent most of his life as a valley resident. Todd met Mendy Bentz in Sunday school when they were 4. They went on to become friends and high school sweethearts and were married in the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple on Jan 3 1995 shortly after Todd returned from his LDS mission to Italy.
Over the next eight years they would welcome a son and three daughters into their family. Mendy and the kids were the center of Todd's life and his passion for his family was evident to all who knew him. He lived life large: laughing, joking, and generally being mischievous whenever the opportunity presented itself. Todd enjoyed attending many activities with his children, cheering them on. Todd loved all sports, including cycling, baseball, BYU and ASU football, European Soccer, and his beloved Denver Broncos. Todd was a man of faith, and was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He loved his Savior Jesus Christ.
Todd is survived by his wife, Melynda and children Shayne, Megan, Ashley, and Emily of Gilbert, AZ; parents Eric and Janet Smith of Phoenix, AZ; siblings Laurie (Mike) Tifft of Gilbert, AZ, Doug (Stacy) Smith of Boise, ID, Eric (Lindsay) Smith of Gilbert, AZ, Kevin (Laura) Smith of Annapolis, MD, grandmother Grace Smith of Oakley, ID, and numerous uncles, aunts and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Melvin and Bertha Greaves and his paternal grandparents Rudger, LaPriel, and Pearlyne Smith.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 8th, at 10:00 am at the LDS church at 3572 E Guadalupe Rd. in Gilbert. Viewing will be that morning from 8:30-9:30 am. There will be a private family interment at the Mesa City Cemetery.A memorial fund has been set up in Todd's name to assist Mendy and the kids. Donations can be made to the Todd Smith Memorial Fund at Gateway Bank, PO Box 14509, Mesa, AZ 85216. For flower information please visit AZFreshFlower.com or call 602-507-4200 Ext. 110 use promo code SereniCare to receive free flower delivery.
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