Diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer at age 55, Mikeal stepped into the ring and began the fight of his life. He seemed to easily win rounds 1-7. Rounds 8 and 9 were brutal but he remained standing. Round 10 was heartbreaking as he continued to fight to his final breath.
It has taken a village to battle cancer for the last seven years. The friends he has made throughout his life were a large part of this village.
"THE" Ohio State Buckeyes and the U of U lost one of their biggest football fans. Mikeal's father raised him as a lifelong Buckeye fan because of coach Woody Hayes. Mikeal was a true sports fanatic and was passionate about his teams. He was also a fan of any athlete with a Serbian last name, as he took great pride in his Serbian roots.
He enjoyed going on weekly Wendover trips where he would place football sports bets and play 21 with his dear friend Mike Mundee. Mikeal grew a large garden every year with an abundance of fruits, veggies, and "weeds." He would share his bountiful harvest with pride.
Although Mikeal never married and had a small immediate family, he was very close with his extended family. He was fortunate enough to be raised by amazing parents whom he missed dearly. Every Memorial Day he would pick the most beautiful rose from his garden to put on his mother's grave.
He was employed at Rasmussen Equipment in WVC where he worked inside sales. He loved his job and developed many close friendships with his co-workers.
He is preceded in death by his parents Mitch and Renee Masich, half-brother Allan May, half-sister Christine May Clayton, and brother-in-law Kris Gramer. He is survived by sister Gina Gramer, nephews Paul and Andrew Gramer, Bryan Clayton (Darla), Shawn Clayton (Linda).
For the 62 years of his life Mikeal was known to live life on his terms. He was compassionate and kind. This was reflected in his acts of kindness with friends and family.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Richard Matern, Dr. Jeffery Lee, Dr. Scott Samuelson, and their kind staff. Thanks to his Hospice staff, Dennis, Andrew, Jen, and Brandon. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Rasmussen Equipment owners and employees for their generosity, kindness, and love.
A celebration of life will be held at the Cottonwood Club located at 1780 East Lakewood Drive, Holladay, Utah on Saturday, February 12th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. In honor of Mikeal's love of sports please feel free to wear your favorite teams color or jersey. Due to "COVID" we are asking that only Mikeal's friends and their families, his coworkers, and close relatives attend. Masks required.
He recently lost his beloved cat Meesha he had for many years. In lieu of flowers please donate to a local animal shelter on Mikeal's behalf.