Our witty and sometimes sarcastic husband, father and grandfather graduated from this life on November 14, 2022 at the age of 84 at home, after a long-fought battle with heart disease. We lovingly referred to him as our “Social Butterfly”, He loved to visit with and meet new people.
His passing leaves a huge hole in our family. As we have had to watch his health deteriorate over these past months, we know it is a blessing but already miss him so much. He loved all of his girls so much, Peggy and his four daughters, their spouses, grandchildren and greats.
Mike loved his country and served in the Army branch of the military as a staff Sargent. His service extended to the 18 years in the Midvale City Fire department where he was a volunteer fire fighter and EMT. He loved all the members of his squad. At the time of his retirement, he was a Captain.
He worked for Bennetts Paint and Glass for 25 years, went on to work at Ross Equipment in Midvale, then finally retired from Smiths at the age of 72.
He had a passion for the outdoors, loved to hunt and fish or just ride his 4-wheeler around. When his daughters were young most weekends in the summer were spent camping and fishing. Those were wonderful times. Later on he loved to spend summers at their cabin with family and friends.
He loved to bowl and spent many years on different leagues with co-workers or with Peggy and friends. He was an avid BYU fan, loved to watch them play football and basketball. Loved to watch the JAZZ team play. Before coming home for the last few days of his mortal life he was in a care center for a few weeks and one of his greatest frustrations was not being able to watch his teams play.
Dad was the best at bear hugs, he would squeeze so hard sometimes it hurt. He just wanted us to know how much he loved us. He loved to visit with his family, if not in person, then by a phone call. He tried to support his children, grandchildren, and his greats by attending any of their activities, be it sports, dance etc.
He always looked forward to the annual visit to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Many fun memories were made with family there.
Mike was born on January 13, 1938 to El Veda and Deming Wright of Midvale, UT. He was born in Murray, Utah. He graduated from Jordan High School in 1956.
On August 28, 1958 he was married to Peggy Olson in the LDS Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. He loved Peggy (Mom) very much and his weeks in the care center were lonely without her.
He is survived by his wife Peggy, daughters, Debbie (Rod Tapp), Nancy (Bill Humphreys), Julie (Bill Hendrix), Michelle (Kevin Roesberry), 11 grandchildren and spouses, 14 great grandchildren. Sister, Karen Stephensen.
Preceded in death by his parents, sister Gayle, grandson Justin and granddaughter Cheyenne.
The family wishes to thank Atlas Home Healthcare for the care they provided and also the West Jordan Fire Dept. and EMTs for the kindness they showed towards Mike when he had his falls and they came to help pick him up. The West Jordan police for the compassionate way they assisted with our Husband and Father the morning he passed away.
Viewing for Mike will be held Friday, November 18, 2022, 6-8 pm, at Goff Mortuary, 8090 So. State, Midvale, UT. Graveside service only on Saturday, November 19th at noon at the West Jordan cemetery, 7800 S. 1300 W., West Jordan, UT.