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Mark Smith Memorial Fund

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The Mark Smith Memorial Fund is being created to provide our Dear Friend with a proper Farewell memorial service. On September 19, 1954, Mark Smith was born, and on November 10, 2021, he gained his heavenly wings. As many know, Mark battled Cancer for four years, never giving up and fighting till the end. However, Mark would not be defined by Cancer, and he did not let that get in the way of what he loved - covering high school sporting events. He was known to many as the "The Renegade" for his many top-10 polls and/or "Old Uncle Mark" throughout Northwest Indiana. He could often be seen taking pictures for his sports reports for newspapers, online articles, followers of, and as a driver for the Now Courier family.

Mark had a warm heart, sweet smile, and incredible personality. He touched more lives than he would ever give himself credit for, such as the many student athletes, and now alumni of high schools throughout NWI. He was widely respected and appreciated for his wealth of sports knowledge by area coaches, Radio & TV and Internet sports reporters throughout NWI, as well as all who worked with him at Now Courier from administrators, drivers, and customers - he was valuable to all.
As Mark's health declined, and he was out of work for eight months, with the help of beautiful people who all chipped in, we were able to raise some funds for his end-of-life expenses. Unfortunately, those funds were quickly depleted and there were no funds saved for any final services for Mark. So let us give Mark Smith what he deserves, and please consider donating to the Mark Smith Memorial Fund.
Any donations that remain will be presented in honor of Mark's memory to the two charities that Mark held in high regard, The Salvation Army and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Service information currently is still TBD; once information is available, we will be sure to provide those who would like to pay their respect to Mr. Mark Smith. Thank you all in advance for your comments, prayers, and donations and for being in Mark's life. If there are any photos or memories you would like to share, please feel free to do so. Mark Smith, rest easy now, our dear friend, and fly high.


Jennifer Castanedo
Merrillville, IN

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