Frank Richard Smith, 62, of Lansing, formerly of Flint, died February 23, 2017 of brain cancer. Frank was born on March 29, 1954 in Flint, Michigan. He is a graduate of Flint Central High School and Baker College.
Frank was obsessed with politics, economics, and current events. He endlessly debated the “evils” of “going off” the gold standard. He was an avid Tigers baseball fan, who also enjoyed following the Lansing Lugnuts. Frank loved cats and grew up with several. When he was young, he and his brother George would round up the neighborhood cats and play “cat school,” where the cats were graded on various topics (e.g., what their breath smelled like). At the end of his life, his only concerns were for his cat, Jellico (“Jelly”). Frank and George were extremely close, especially after George became Frank’s primary caregiver in 2006; George will miss their weekly trips to the grocery store together. Intellectually curious, Frank was eccentric and could be a “handful” – or as his mother used to say “the limit” — but he had a generous and compassionate spirit. Developmentally disabled, his determination to live up to his fullest potential and as independently as possible was inspiring.
Frank is survived by his brothers John Robert Smith (Dr. Vivien Dee) of La Quinta, California and Dr. George Frederick Smith (Denise LaFave Smith) of Lansing, Michigan, nephew Dr. Shannon Andrew Dubenion-Smith (Dr. Kay Zavislak) of Bellingham, Washington, niece Kristen Courtney Dubenion-Smith (Anthony Thompson) of Catonsville, Maryland (and their mother Shela K. Dubenion-Smith of Okemos, Michigan), two great-nephews, Noah and Evan, and his cat “Jelly.” Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Worth Smith and Margaret Estelle Fuller Smith, Aunts Florence Belle Fuller and Helen Janet Smith Dentino, and his soul mate, Elaine Mobley.
A private graveside service will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, Capital Area Humane Society, or Care Free Medical Clinic in Frank’s name.