MICHAEL J. "MIKE" SMART
Full honors will be bestowed by the City of Sunnyvale Public Safety Department for Brawley native Michael Johns "Mike" Smart, who died of injuries sustained in a traffic accident on September 30, 2016 in rural Imperial Valley. Funeral is Friday, October 21, 2016 at Sunnyvale Presbyterian church in Sunnyvale, California. He was visiting Brawley to attend his 50th High School Reunion and to see his many classmates that have remained loyal friends for all those years. He was particularly close to Steve Martin (deceased) and David Cato, taking many trips together for golf, sightseeing and general frivolity. Mike was born in 1948 to Ruby Lee and Eddie Johns, who was also killed in an auto accident. Mike was adopted by Robert Smart after marrying Ruby a few years later. He attended Myron D. Witter, Barbara Worth and Brawley Union High School, graduating in 1966. Mike played baseball for the Wildcats, and still holds the record for career batting average at 1.000. Mike attended and graduated in 1970 from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff with a Criminal Science Degree. He immediately was hired by the City of Sunnyvale, where he remained until his retirement in 2002. Mike also served as a deputy US.S Marshall and Court Security Officer from 2004 till his final retirement in 2014. Mike was member of Delta Sigma Phi national fraternity and a loyal member of the POA, the International Police Association and the Elks Lodge of Gilroy. Mike was a resident of Morgan Hill, California for 19 years, he is survived by his wife Patricia McMahon; son, Bryan (Danielle) of Gilroy; daughter, Carrie (Daniel) Smart Barner of Independence, Ohio; sister, Leslie Rutherford of Oceanside, California; brothers, Steve (Debbie) of Jacksonville, Florida and Rod (Holly) of Brawley. He had six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mike enjoyed cooking gardening, wine travel, golf and his beloved Dodgers and 49er's. Mike was everybody's best friend. He was a prankster, loved the camaraderie of his fellow officers, and was in his element at parties, BBQ's and family gatherings. He loved to make people laugh, many times unintentionally, and enjoyed a laugh at himself most of all. He will be missed by his family and his many friends around the country. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pioneers Memorial Hospital Foundation.
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