Marcus was the only child of Sidney Paul Smith and Ruth Wolf Smith. He married Jeanne Diane Becker in 1958 and they had a son, Becker Sidney Smith, in May of 1960. They divorced in 1962. Marcus never remarried and had no other children, but he is survived by his son and his son's son, Christopher Sidney Smith, born in 1987, and by many others who knew and loved him well.
Marcus traveled widely, and lived at times in Denver, Martha’s Vineyard, and San Blas, Mexico. He took two bachelor's degrees, his first in journalism from the University of Utah and the second in philosophy from Metro State College of Denver. He was a veteran of the Marine Reserves. He was a life-long student of literature and philosophy and, although never commercially published, he was a prolific writer of fiction and essays. He also wrote and published, on commission, a history of the Utah Oratorio Society: And With Them Were Ten-Thousand And More.
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