Larry M. Smith, 81 of San Antonio, Florida passed away August 22, 2019. He was born in Fairgrove, Michigan. He was predeceased by his parents Joe and Alice Smith, his son, Scott, in 1998. He is survived by his loving wife Joan (of almost 61 years, September 6th), his daughter, Lisa Prestininzi; sons, Mark (Melissa) Smith and Brad Smith; his grandchildren, Justin, Curt, Samantha, Michelle, Josh, Brandon, Katie, Michael, Matthew and Ashley, and 7great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law, Sherri Smith-Gronski, brothers-in-law, Paul and Joe VanMill, nephews, Craig and Chris Van Mill, and niece, Cheryl Van Mill.
He was a graduate of McKenzie High School and Eastern Michigan University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Education & Administration. He began his teaching career in 1961 in Saline, Michigan. His career in the Utica Community Schools began in 1965 as a teacher and counselor before becoming Director of Pupil Services at UCS Central Office. After retirement from UCS in 2001, he and Joan became part-time residents of Florida in 2006 and permanent residents in 2012.
In his earlier years, Larry was a multi-sport athlete, coach and referee in the YMCA youth basketball and baseball programs, and President of the Utica Michigan Rotary Club. While living in Florida, Larry was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dade City and of the Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, dancing with Joan, socializing, and spending time with his family and friends. Larry has always been described as a true gentleman, good man, and genuinely kind human being. Wherever he was and whomever he met, Larry made people laugh, feel comfortable, important, and loved. He will be missed dearly and remembered fondly by all who knew and loved him.
A Funeral Mass will be offered on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dade City, Florida. A memorial service will be held on September 6, 2019 from 3-8pm at William Sullivan & Sons Funeral Home in Utica, Michigan.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Karmanos Cancer Center, Detroit, Michigan.
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