Eugene Smoker Jr.
Born July 3, 1969, passed November 7, 2017
Marvin Jr. – also known to family and friends as “Muggs” – lived his life as a proud Yurok tribal member. He was raised in Crescent City in the early years, spent a short time in Hoopa and finally settled in Eureka by the age of nine.
Always a very proud father and grandfather to three daughters, Rosemary Smoker, Aurelia Knight and Cindie Simpson. He has seven grandchildren. His greatest accomplishments – to give love to his family watch them grow. He said “the whole tribe came to visit me yesterday,” it brought him so much joy to see and feel the love from his daughters and grandchildren.
He spent more than 14 years working in the restaurant business as a chef. He often shared his love and expertise of good food by cooking family meals. One of his favorite pastimes was to walk the railroad track near Humboldt Bay. He loved to ride his bike and play frisbee golf on nice sunny days. His hobbies include collecting Marvel comic books and football cards. He loved to go to Angelo’s pizza parlor during football and basketball season with his best friend, Huck, as they would root for their favorite team, the 49ers.
Muggs will be remembered for his incredible sense of humor and unique personality, always thinking of the people he loved before himself. He was truly a one-of-a-kind brother, father and grandfather, missed by so many. If a friend needed him to he’d sit and hear you out if you were troubled, he would make you laugh if that’s what you need. Friends would often visit him as his door was always open for his loved ones. Muggs was a talented musician, a creative artist that loved to play guitar and write his own music he and his friends would often have practice nights where they would sing and play music for hours. He loved to ride his motorcycle go to concerts, the river, the Redwood Run with family and friends.Some of the best times he had was spending it going to see his favorite bands in the Bay Area and locally. He was a warm and charismatic person born with sense of humor and charm like no other man. He will be missed by everyone or anyone who’s ever had the honor of meeting him.
Preceded in death by daughter Cindie Simpson, grandmother Catherine Richards and uncle Leroy Gardner, father Marvin Smoker Sr., aunt and uncle Mary and Jack Russell, mother, Rose Marie Smoker and grandmother Sarah Smoker, brother Julian Wade Smoker.
Survived by and family and friends that will forever miss him are daughters Rosemary Smoker and Aurelia Knight, son-in-law Ryan Scott, sisters Sarah Smoker, Crystal Shade, Dana Shade, brothers Jason Smoker, Frank McKuhn, Harold Huck, nephews John Jr. and Damon Rogers, Damon Jr., Mitchell and Keyton McKuhn, Maxwell Clyne, Jason Sabedra Jr., nieces, Samantha Smoker, Kait, Robin, Rachel and Tiffany Rasmussen, aunties Roselyn Jones, Marilyn Bray, Ann Hostler, uncles Pete Gardner, Fred Hostler, cousins, Larry and Terry Bray, Nancy Colegrove, Mike and Dean Jones, Alfred and Vincent Hostler, grandchildren Zachery Scott, Troy Myers, Stephanie Myers, Aliya Knight, Jonquil Knight, Nalani Knight, Che ’ shon-ee Knight, best friend Brian Bennett. He loved his friends and family most names aren’t listed but they are not forgotten. Foster parents throughout the early years, Frank and Linda Hostler, Wilmot family, Viola Long and McCovey family.
Friends and family are welcome to attend his memorial service on November 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Eureka Yurok Tribal office, located 3400 Erie Street Eureka, followed by a potluck reception.
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