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Marlin Donald Smith

May 19, 1946 ~ January 11, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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On January 11, 2023 Marlin D. Smith, a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend passed away at age 76 with his family by his side. Marlin was born on a beautiful May 19, 1946, in Wellsboro, PA to Frederick M. and Marian B. Smith. He grew up in Wellsboro/Asaph enjoying all that the small town had to offer. He helped his grandfather on the farm, hunted, fishing, played football, and graduated from Wellsboro High school in 1964. He wanted to be a farmer, but wasn't able to accomplish that due to the early death of his grandfather. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1968, and graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1971 with his Doctorate of Law. We all heard how proud he was of his Alma mater. His move to Alaska in 1971 started an adventure like none other. It was 32 years of new experiences, one around every corner. He now had the opportunity to practice law in the frozen north. After his move to Alaska, he practiced law in Fairbanks for a short time, then was transferred to Barrow (Utquagvik), Alaska. It being one of the northernmost cities and towns in the world, and northernmost in the United State being located 360 miles north of the Arctic Circle. It gave him the true Alaskan experience. Hunting and fishing. We so enjoyed hearing him share with the family many a story of the cold north. His law career continued in Fairbanks, Alaska's golden heart city, where he met his love, Beverly Lorz. They married in September of 1982. In 1988 they welcomed their first bundle of joy, Megan, to the family. Their second amazing daughter, Sara, followed in 1990. The Fairbanks community enjoyed seeing Marlin each year with the Kiwanis Christmas tree fundraiser. We'd see the sparkle in his eye as families scored their holiday trees. Marlin was a very active member of the Kiwanis Club of Fairbanks for a number of years. He loved the community and people. He could talk to everyone and anyone. 2003 became time to return to PA. He packed up house and family and moved back to the family farm in Asaph, building their now home where he loved to garden and mow huge expanses of lawn. After moving back to Wellsboro/Asaph Marlin substituted as a teacher and is remembered by young people for that. His passions were his wife, children, grandchildren, reading, gardening, animals and the farm. Survived by his wife, Beverly Smith of 40 years, two daughters (Megan G. Pope, and Sara K. Smith) four grandchildren (Leland and Darian Thompson, and Lukas Converse and Zoey Pope), and a sister (Dr. Ardys Boostrom).He was preceeded in death by his father and mother (Frederick M. Smith and Marian B. Smith, and a brother (Marvin Smith). Memorial services will be held at the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro, February 4, 2023, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Tx 77030. Marlin's family has entrusted the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home 139 Main Street Wellsboro, PA 16901 with his arrangements. To share a memory or condolence with his family visit www.tusseymosher.com.

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February 4, 2023

11:00 AM
United Methodist Church of Wellsboro
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