Michael Allen Smith
February 2, 1963 – January 26, 2021
Michael “Mike” Allen Smith, 57, of Bentonville, Arkansas, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville after a nearly year-long valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. Mike was born Feb. 2, 1963, in Tulsa, Okla., to Joyce and JD Smith. He lived in a number of places growing up, but he considered home to be Springdale, Arkansas. He graduated from Springdale High School in 1981. Mike married Michelle Winn on March 19, 1983, at First Christian Church in Springdale. Mike served in the US Army as a cannon crewmember.
After an Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1989, he started his law-enforcement career at Leesville (Louisiana) Police Department. After two years he returned to Northwest Arkansas when Michelle’s military obligation ended.
He was hired by the Benton County (Arkansas) Sheriff's Office where he worked for less than a year before becoming a patrol officer for Bentonville Police Department on March 1, 1991. He retired March 16, 2018, as Captain of the patrol division. He held leadership positions in the criminal investigation division, SWAT team, K-9 division, and school resources. He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Addison Smith; and a nephew, Brian Ridenoure. Survivors include his wife, Michelle; two children, (son) Cody Smith and (wife)Olivia of Bentonville, (daughter) Christine Smith of Lowell and (grandchildren) Jack and Cason, of Bentonville; and a sister, Karen Ridenoure of Winslow, Arkansas. His passion was people. He loved training people, coaching people and spending time with people. He touched the lives of hundreds of Bentonville’s youth by coaching football, baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball and basketball. Mike had a life-long love of the outdoors. Anything he could do with you outdoors – especially hunting and fishing -- he would. Family, which came first, was the most important thing in his life. He adored his grandchildren. They didn’t call him grandpa; rather, they called him Captain, as did so many other people. He had a talent for making people feel comfortable by making them feel like instant friends. Even in the last months of his life, he served as an inspiration to others through the strength and grace he showed. Leaders lead by example and he was a leader in every facet of life.In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to Bentonville Fraternal Order of Police (908 S.E. 14th St., Bentonville AR 72712) or the Arkansas Families of Fallen Officer Fund (Fallen, 200 Nm Main St., Nashville AR 71852).
- Michelle Smith, Wife
- Cody Smith (Olivia), Son
- Christine Smith, Daughter
- Jack Smith, Grandson
- Cason Smith, Grandson
- Karen Ridenoure, Sister
Bentonville Fraternal Order of Police
908 SE 14th Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
Arkansas Families of Fallen Officer Fund
200 N. Main Street, Nashville, Arkansas 71852
Graveside Funeral Service
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Michael Allen Smith
Jessica Wallace Miller
January 29, 2021
Captain Smith really was a community staple. Somehow he was just kind of always there. Whether passing a traffic accident or attending a large event, it was not unusual to see him. In fact, it seemed more unusual to NOT see him. Later in my life he served more as a mentor to me.
Something unique about Captain Smith is that regardless of the setting or circumstances, he had a way of being warm, friendly, inclusive & respectful all the while maintaining a presence that commanded respect and that made me feel safe. I know I’m not the only one.
Humble, he did not brag about his achievements, of which I knew he had many.
What I loved was how Captain Smith loved his family. His great love and respect for his wife, Michelle; his brags of how they had the “best dog in the world” but my favorite? My very favorite? Hearing all about his kids, Cody and Chris. It was awesome to hear that proud dad, to see the sparkle in his eyes when he talked about them (or to them when I ran into them on errands one day).
Captain Smith, a noble and kind soul. Your legacy lives on. Thank you for your service.
Peace be with the entire Smith family.
January 29, 2021
Mike was one of a very few men I’ve met in life that I can say was a great man! I met Mike through work. He was genuine. Whether you saw him at work or out in the community, he would always make it a point to say hi and take time to visit. Loved talking about his family and sports. So sorry for your family’s loss. He was a great man!
January 28, 2021
A great man and role model for all.
God bless you!
January 27, 2021
Mike Smith is one of those “once in a lifetime “ people that was a true blessing when he came into your life. I met Mike over 30 yrs ago when I moved my family 7 to NWA. I met Mike shortly after we arrived as we shared a love for our kids and basketball. I had the pleasure to Coach alongside Mike as we tried our best to teach our daughters the fundamentals of the game. He dedicated his life to his family ,his career, and this community. He always gave 100% in all he did, and I never saw him have a bad day. This was even true as he battled this horrible disease. I would text or talk to Mike and I always felt like he cheered me up with his positive attitude and love for life. He will be greatly missed, but I know that Heaven just got even better. Michelle, Cody, and Chris are in the Fleener family’s prayers as you deal with his loss. His mark on our family will live forever and I know this is a very tough time, but I also know that his faith was strong and he will see you all again in Heaven. Stay strong guys!
January 27, 2021
You took him from me to get married to him and I had to let you because you made him so happy. I didn’t know I’d never see him again. I bet you’ve got a lot of stories. Maybe someday you’d be willing to share some. He was a great friend. I’m so sorry that you now have to give him up.