Frank Smidt, Jr., of Rathdrum, Idaho, age 75, passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer on October 3, 2022, surrounded by family at home. He was born on June 18, 1947, in California to Frank Sr. and Marjorie Smidt, who lovingly called him "Corky." He was taken far too soon and is survived by his loving wife Marty, his son Frank III (Traci), daughter Michelle, his grandchildren, Cheyenne (James), Savannah, Cassidee, Caden, and Colton, great-grandchildren, Charlie, Mollie, and Iris, and sister Tina, along with countless other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Victoria, and much-loved in-laws.
As a child, Frank loved playing with his sisters and eating peanut butter and mayonnaise sandwiches. He graduated high school in 1965. After, he went on to work at his first job, where he met the love of his life, Marty. They went to the company Christmas party together and were inseparable thereafter.
Frank grew up with only his nuclear family, an aunt and uncle, and two cousins. He was overjoyed to not only have found Marty, but to be marrying into his own real life version of, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." He was instantly welcomed and so beloved by Marty's parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and innumerable cousins and extended family.
Frank and Marty married in 1967 and had their first child in 1968. Almost exactly one year later, their second child was born. The family moved to Rathdrum in 1979. Frank found work at Keytronics in Spokane, where he worked until his retirement. In the early 80s, Frank became a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the city of Rathdrum -- a job he truly loved and was passionate about.
Frank's hobbies were numerous but among his favorites was riding his Harley. He and Marty enjoyed riding to Sturgis and loved taking many weekend bike trips with friends. He also loved working on cars and was in the process of restoring a 1947 Ford Coupe. And more than anything, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He loved family get-togethers and could always be counted on to fire up the BBQ. He was everyone's favorite cook.
Frank was an adventurous guy, always willing to try something new. He had fun skydiving, ziplining, parasailing, traveling to Europe and Central America, whitewater rafting, and cliff jumping. He also loved the ocean, playing all kinds of different card games, and going to the casino with his sidekick, Savannah. In the summers he enjoyed riding his four wheeler, camping, and kayaking.
Frank's loved ones would describe him as generous, hardworking, kind and loving, and a family man with a wonderful and sarcastic sense of humor. They will all miss his smile and the way he always knew how to make them smile too. He touched so many lives and will be missed by more people than he ever could have imagined.
Friends and family are invited to his celebration of life gathering on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11 am, at Real Life Church, located at 1860 N Cecil Rd, Post Falls, ID 83854.