Mark C. Smith, 63, of Mooresville, North Carolina passed away peacefully July 22, 2017 in his home surrounded by loved ones after a long and private battle with cancer.
Mark’s first love and priority was his family, but racing was his passion. He began his racing career building engines for his brother Jack’s drag car in the 1970s. Mark moved his family from the West coast to pursue a career in NASCAR. Mark was a man of integrity. As owner of TriStar Motorsports, and Pro Motor Engines, he was known for being a hands-on owner, always willing to help where needed and provide a story or laugh. After nearly three decades in NASCAR, Mark’s impact can be felt throughout the garage area and race community.
Mark is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Kathy and their three children, Amy, Bryan, and Kevin. He is also survived by his mother, Shirley Smith; brothers, Jack (Sue and family) Smith, and Matt (Tammy and family) Smith; stepdad, Jack Gundlach; step-sister, Suzanne (Jack and family) Harsha; and step-brother, Jack (Lynette and family) Gundlach. He was preceded in death by his dad, John H. Smith and sister, Sharla Mattox.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Victory Junction Gang victoryjunction.org or NOVA (National Organization for Vehicle Access, part of the BraunAbility) novafunding.org.
Mark’s family would like to thank Dr. Bachelor; Dr. Krumdieck and staff; Catawba Regional Hospice; and especially his nurses, Denise and Linda.
The family will celebrate Mark’s life by receiving friends from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at The Heritage House of Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville. They have created a Facebook page where you are encouraged to leave a story for the family to enjoy. facebook.com/Remembering-Mark-Smith-301261653675224).
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Smith. Condolences may be made to the Smith family at www.cavin-cook.com.