Mark L. Smith, 73, of Idyllwild, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007.

He was born in Sherman County, Texas, and spent his formative years in Laramie, Wyo., where he worked summers as a real-life cowboy out on the range.

Mark fought in the Korean War with the U.S. Marines.

After being discharged from the Marines, he lived in San Diego where he met and married Sandra L. Alm of La Jolla. They had three children.

Mark lived his last six months here in Idyllwild where he spent most days at Lake Hemet fishing and making friends. He loved the wild beauty and friendly nature of our town.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the people of Idyllwild Bible Church and local neighbors who brought food and kindness in the last, most difficult weeks of Mark’s life.

The family will hold a memorial from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at his son Mark’s home, 1720 Geranium St., Carlsbad, CA 92011.

He is survived by his children, Mark Smith of Carlsbad, Hayden Smith of Clairmont and Verna McQueeney of Idyllwild. His wife preceded him in death.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the VNAIC Hospice, 39815 Alta Murrieta Drive, Murrieta, CA 92563.