Michael John Smith (Myke), 53, born Jan. 3, 1960, in La Crosse, died Friday July 19, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was surrounded by family and a large group of friends. Myke was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and started Myke’s Mission in support of quality care for our veterans. He was an active member of the recovery community in Houston.

Myke is survived by his parents, Robert (Bud) and Janine Smith; two brothers, R. Scott Smith, and Gregory Smith; four sisters, Catherine Jensen, Michelle Smith, Linda Goodman and Patricia Smith; Eight nieces and nephews and eight great-nieces and nephews and his little dog Parker.

Myke was preceded in death by a sister, Roberta and his maternal grandparents, paternal grandparents and several other relatives.

The family thanks the staff of Omega House in Houston for their excellent care.

There will be a celebration of life for Myke in La Crosse to be announced at a later date.