Atty. F. Matthew Smith passes away


Long-time Commonwealth Development Authority legal counsel F. Matthew Smith passed away at his residence on Capital Hill last Friday, July 31, of natural causes, Saipan Tribune learned.

Smith’s wife, Christina, died in 2013. Last year, Crime Stoppers International awarded her the “President’s Global Award” for her outstanding contributions to the program.

The couple left behind four children: Taylor, Madison, Harrison, and Carter.

Matthew Smith, 49, was the producer of Baptists at Our Barbecue, a 2004 comedy based on a 1996 novel by his brother, Robert Farrell Smith.

The F. Mathew Smith Law Office is located in San Jose. His partners are CNMI Bar Association president Jennifer Dockter and Mark Scoggins.

Attorney Viola Alepuyo said the Commonwealth has lost a champion who never hesitated to defend the poor who needed help.

“He never hesitated to lend me a helping hand and mentor me when I called. I will miss my friend dearly,” Alepuyo said.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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