Martin J. Smith, lawyer, youth coach

Martin J. Smith, a lawyer who chaired the Baltimore County Board of Recreation and Parks and coached in youth baseball programs, died Sunday of cancer at his Reisterstown home. He was 54.

He was a partner in the firm of Smith, Johns and Smith, a Reisterstown law firm that recently merged with the Towson firm of Power and Mosner.


In addition to chairing the county board, he was for many years a volunteer fund-raiser for the Reisterstown Recreation Council.

His involvement in the recreation council began as a teen-ager. He coached baseball at all levels and other sports, including basketball and girls' softball.


For nearly 10 years, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Towson State University. He was also a former member of the national board of Dizzy Dean Baseball.

His baseball teams of teen-agers and young adults won several national championships -- Dizzy Dean in 1979 and 1980, the Hot Stove League in 1974, and the National Printers in 1983.

The Recreation and Parks Department recently cited him for his decades of service to the board and to his Reisterstown community.

Also, the lighted baseball diamond in the park at the Hannah More Center, where he was on the board of governors of the school for the emotionally handicapped, was named in his honor.

A former president of the Reisterstown Jaycees, he was former legal counsel to the Maryland Jaycees, and was honored as a senator of the Junior Chamber International.

He had also been president of the Reisterstown-Owings Mills-Glyndon Coordinating Council, an umbrella organization of community groups.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of St. Charles School in Pikesville and of Loyola High School.

He attended Notre Dame University, Loyola College and the University of Baltimore, where he earned a law degree.


A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Smith was to be offered at 11 a.m. today at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Reisters- town.

He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley Worrell; three sons, James Temple Smith, Jacob Worrell Smith and Martin John Smith Jr.; his mother, Margaret Edna Schuster Smith; three sisters, M. Linda Cavanagh, Bridget S. Zienty and M. Teresa Cook; and a brother, Baltimore County Circuit Judge James T. Smith Jr. All are of Reisterstown.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Reisterstown Recreation Council Playground Fund.