About Foxenwood Estates
By-Laws Document: By-Laws_11302015
Professional Directory: professional_directory_2016.pdf
If you are aren’t familiar with Foxenwood, it was established back in the 1970’s when local builder Mark Smith developed the land bordered by Union Valley Parkway to the north, State Highway 135 to the east, Blosser Road to the west, and Doverlee and Burlington to the south.
Note: there are Foxenwood Townhomes on the east side, approximately bordering Foxenwood Lane, so it is next to impossible to give a precise “border” of Foxenwood Estates.
Mark J. Smith was born in Santa Ana, California on August 14, 1924. His parents were Jesse S. Smith and Cora C. Smith, both born and raised in the United States of America. Mark was raised in Glendale, California where he attended Hoover High School.
Following graduation Mark entered the United States Army. He served three years in the U.S. Infantry, two of which were in Europe during World War II. Mark was in the 99th Division, 395th Regiment, George Company which was in combat in France, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, and later in Germany. The Battle of the Bulge, lasted six weeks from December, 1944 ending January 28, 1945, in freezing temperatures and is known as the most intense and relentless combat of the war. His regiment was at one time surrounded by German forces but held its ground in what proved to be a turning point of the war in Europe. When his company was caught behind enemy lines the Army declared Mark missing in action and later informed his family by telegram he had been killed in action. The Army had him confused with another soldier. Mark was alive and well and participated in Victory in Europe Day on March 7, 1945.
Mark's entire regiment received the Presidential Unit Citation for its participation in that battle as well as a special decoration, a Belgium Fourragere, for their liberation of Belgium. Mark also received three Battle Stars or Campaign Streamers for participation in other major battles including the Rhineland and Ardennes Offensive and a Combat Infantryman's Badge which included a Bronze Star. Mark began his G.I. Bill education while he was still in France waiting to be shipped back to the States. He returned home from Europe in 1946 and attended the University of Southern California pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering to complete his education.
Mark married his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy W. Berry, who had been employed by the U.S. Army Air Corps working with pilots in their flight simulator training exercises during the war. Mark first saw Dorothy in Huntington Beach in 1941 while driving in his 1936 Ford convertible. He took one look and backed up to introduce himself. The rest is, as they say, history. They settled in Arcadia and had two sons, Craig A. Smith and Cameron L. Smith.
Following college, Mark entered the engineering construction business with his father and they worked together for nine years in Southern California where they were involved in heavy construction building freeways, public works and airport projects. In 1954 Mark joined Coxco Construction again constructing freeways, airports and numerous subdivisions. In 1958 Mark was transferred to Santa Maria, California as superintendent of Coxco Construction's branch operations. He ran heavy equipment and worked on various projects including construction of the shortcut off Highway 1 from Orcutt to Vandenberg Air Force Base. Mark remained with Coxco Construction until 1965.
Life was good for the Smith family in Santa Maria. In the early years summers were spent with family at the Miramar in Santa Barbara and later weekends at the family cabin at Nacimiento Lake. Mark and Dorothy loved to take cruises with good friends Judy and Bill Hamilton and travelled often to Palm Springs and Las Vegas for a little gambling and nightlife. Hunting, fishing, occasional golf, Sundays with their "Birthday Group" and entertaining friends were favorite pastimes. Holiday time at the Smith home was special for all the members of the Smith family. The kids loved to listen to Dad tell a good joke.
In 1965 Mark and Dorothy formed Foxenwood Builders and Developers and started building subdivisions and custom homes. Their first development was Foxenwoods Estates a master planned community which they started in 1968 and at completion was 500 acres containing 900 custom homes and 240 custom townhomes. They started Foxenwoods Realty which at its peak had 22 sales agents. Dorothy was responsible for sales and handled the model home design and decorating. Their next project, started in 1988, was Foxenwood Country Club Estates consisting of 143 custom homes adjacent to the Santa Maria Country Club.
Mark's son Cameron joined the firm after attending Cal-Poly University in San Luis Obispo in 1975 and became the managing partner and builder for the firm. In 2006 Mark, with his son Cameron and grandson Brandon, completed 32 townhomes known as Foxenwood Garden Villas IV. The townhomes are located across the street from the original Foxenwood Garden Villas I, II and III that were completed in the 70's and 80's. Mark and Cameron also completed numerous custom homes throughout Santa Maria Valley and the Central Coast supported through the years by their dedicated staff members Marian Ropp, Stephanie Ross, Pat Jones, Janelle Hann, Tom Blake, David Sinton (Mark J. Smith Commercial Real Estate Division), Frank Kiser, Joe Teniente, Juan Maestas and their real estate and construction staff.
As a successful construction entrepreneur and real estate developer, Mark has spent his life building more than just fine homes and commercial properties. Mark and his wife Dorothy have literally invested their lives in building the future generation of health care for the Santa Maria Valley. In the early 1990s when the Marian Foundation approached Mark and Dorothy about supporting the hospital's commitment to develop the Marian Heart Center, they generously accepted. In 1995, just two years after Marian introduced its comprehensive cardiac program to the community, doctors diagnosed Mark with heart disease and he was soon scheduled for cardiac bypass surgery at the facility. Mark and Dorothy continued to support Marian Foundation and the recently completed critical care center in the new hospital was named in their honor. The Mark and Dorothy Smith Family Foundation will continue to support health care and other charities in the Valley.
Mark's son Craig obtained his degree at UCSB, attended law school in Southern California and passed the bar in 1975. He returned to Santa Maria in the early 80's opened his law office and handled the legal affairs for the family as well as becoming a partner in the family's various real estate ventures.
Mark was very active in Santa Maria. In 1978 he became President of the Santa Maria Valley Developers, later known as the Santa Maria Economic Development Association. Mark was also a member of the Rotary, Elks and Santa Maria Country Club. The family was a major contributor to Marian Hospital, Hancock College and its scholarship program, St. Joseph High School's scholarship program, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, St. Louis de Montfort, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Council, Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. Mark served on the original Foundation Board of Hancock College and while on the board Mark spearheaded efforts to renovate a small residence near the Santa Maria campus to create a permanent home office for the college's foundation.
Mark was named Santa Maria Citizen of the Year in 2009 for his long history of community involvement. Instead of seeking medals for his deeds following the war Mark kept a reminder of the war years in his wallet. On Veterans' Day in 2009, 63 years after the war ended, Mark finally received more than the dozen medals he earned during the war. Mark was a member of the "Greatest Generation" that helped change the world.
Mark is survived by Dorothy, his beautiful wife of 69 years who he adored, his sons Craig and Cameron, Craig's wife Clarice Smith, Craig's daughter Tina Usman, her husband Omar, great-grandchildren Kyle Urbano, Taylor Usman, Mason Usman and OJ Usman, Craig's son Trevor his wife Lavel Smith, great-grandchildren Rachel Smith and Ethan Smith, Cameron's wife Linda W. Smith, their son Brandon Smith, his wife Karla Smith, great-grandson Miles Smith and great-grandson Baron Smith, son Shannon Smith and Mark's sister June Ann Nye Nebel and her husband Larry. Mark's sister Peggy Jean Smith and his brother Donald W. Smith predeceased him.
Mark was an avid fisherman who travelled to Alaska for many years with his sons, grandsons and close friends for salmon and halibut fishing. Mark's ashes will be taken to Cape Ulitka Bay off the coast of Noyes Island, Alaska. Mark was a very special man who loved living in Santa Maria. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather dearly loved by his family and many friends. He will be missed.