PHOENIX: (602) 906-9600 | PEORIA: (623) 486-1955

Date of Birth: March 24, 1928

Date of Death: June 15, 2019

Phoenix, AZ On June 15, 2019, at 91 years young, Marshall D. Smith made his final departure. He is survived by his trio of daughters, Wendy (Rob) Savino, Alison Smith, Lindsi (Dan) Arcaini and three grandchildren, Nathanael (Kelley Lockwood) Homan, Sam Arcaini and Rose Arcaini as well as two great grandchildren, Tellef Homan and Windsor Homan. Marshall was born on March 24, 1928 to Emma and Samuel Smith in Hartford, CT. He spent his early years developing skills in the Boy Scouts, had an avid interest in photography and dreamt of traveling the world. While attending Columbia University School of Engineering in NY, NY he met and married Rae Salzhandler in 1949. After graduating in 1952, Rae and Marshall moved to Boston, MA and began raising their family while Marshall pursued a career in industrial marketing management most notably working for Raytheon. In 1969, Marshall left the engineering field to partner with fellow engineer Edwin H. Johnson. Together they opened Welcome Aboard Travel Agency in Ridgewood, NJ. They grew the company to three agencies in the New Jersey/New York State area and traveled extensively for thirty years until retiring to Tucson, AZ. In Tucson, Marshall was actively involved in volunteer work and teaching computer classes to senior citizens. In 2009, Rae and Marshall moved to Phoenix where Marshall spent the next few years as a dedicated caregiver to Rae. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before her passing in 2012. Marshall began his personal quest in 2013 to revisit many beloved places around the world and discover new horizons. His passion for travel led him to many destinations accompanied by his traveling companion, Karen Modell. Among their many experiences was a retreat at the Kopan Buddhist Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal and volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and a koala and wildlife sanctuary in Australia. Marshall topped off his adventures paragliding at age 89 and they continued countless other adventures. The “Old Vagabond”, as Marshall referred to himself, fulfilled many a lifetime dream and left a legacy of living life to the fullest. Happy trails…

Service Information

Private Services will be held July 27, 2019


Donations may be made to the following charities: (UNESCO World Heritage Centre / (Arizona PBS / (Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix AZ