ORRINGTON and BLUE HILL – Tracy L. Smith, 52, died unexpectedly May 22, 2013, at his home in Orrington. He was born Oct. 8, 1960, in Kansas City, Kan., son of Lloyd E. Smith and Helen (Newland) Smith.
Tracy graduated from Turner High School, Kansas City, Kan., in 1978, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and lettered in both football and wrestling. He attended the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan., where he was a member of the Kansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Chemistry, graduating with honors in 1983. After graduation he moved to Dallas and was eventually accepted to dental, medical and law school. He decided to follow his lifelong dream of becoming a dentist and chose to attend dental school. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School, with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1994 and started his practice that year in Kansas City, Kan., before buying a practice in Overland Park, Kan. In 2001 he sold his practice and moved to Brewer Lake, Orrington, and began working with Blue Hill Peninsula Dental, which he eventually purchased. Tracy truly enjoyed the relationships he built with his patients and coworkers. His many interests included motorcycling, skiing, kayaking, boating, tennis, basketball, music and traveling. He took his first cross-country motorcycle trip in 1984, eventually touring the entire continental United States. For the last 15 years Tracy had enjoyed tobogganing at the National Toboggan Championships, Camden. His teams won two National Championships and he is a member of the current World Championship team along with his brother, Kelly, nephew, Tyler, and longtime friend, Steve Huff. His lifelong passion for all kinds of music will be fondly remembered by all of his family and friends.
Tracy was predeceased by his father, Lloyd E. Smith. He is survived by his mother, Helen N. Smith, of Kansas City, Kan.; brother, Kelly E. Smith and wife, Susan (Stafford) Smith, of Overland Park, Kan.; sisters, Nancy (Smith) Bodkin and husband, Rob, of Mukilteo, Wash., and Kristi (Smith) Dolinar of Kansas City, Kan.; nephews, Dustin Morris and wife, Julie, of Weston, Miss., Patrick Morris and wife, Nicole, of St. Paul, Minn., and Tyler Smith, of Merriam, Kan.; nieces, Rachel (Smith) Brudnicki and husband, Keith, of Overland Park, Kan., and Ellen Yoakum, of Mukilteo, Wash.; and great-niece and great-nephew, Lilah and Jacob Morris of Weston, Miss.
Interment will be at a later date in Toronto, Kan., at the family cemetery. Those who wish to make donations in Tracy’s name may send them to American Dental Association Foundation, Access to Care, for programs that bring oral care to lowincome communities and underserved rural areas. ADA Foundation, 211 E. Chicago Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 440-2547. A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St.. Bangor. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.