Michael L. Mitchell December 15, 1949 – November 15, 2020
Michael L. Mitchell (better known as simply “Mike”) suffered a fatal heart attack at his beloved mountain home in Placerville, Idaho, one month shy of his seventy-first birthday. In the final years of his life, Mike was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Mary Lou Standley of Redmond, Oregon. As a result, Mike divided his time between Placerville and Redmond.
After retiring from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), Mike worked as both an employee and volunteer for Redmond Area Parks and Recreation District, supervising and coaching sports leagues for both adults and youth. He cherished the relationships he built with other staff , volunteers, and participants during his years there.
Athletics were always a major part of Mike’s life. He played baseball and football for Madison High School in Portland, Oregon, then went on to play both sports at Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) in Monmouth, Oregon. He earned a master’s in physical education and taught and coached in the Marion and Polk County schools for 10 years, prior to moving into a career with OSHA.
Another great passion in Mike’s life was his desire to reflect the heart of Jesus to all those he encountered. Mike and Mary Lou regularly attended Highland Baptist Church in Redmond, Oregon, in-person before the pandemic and online during the pandemic. Mike shined the light and love of his Savior in how he lived each moment of his time on Earth.
Mike loved deeply and was deeply loved by all who knew him. He leaves behind his high school sweetheart Mary Lou Standley, daughter Amanda Ying and her family, daughter Tiffany La Grange and her family, beloved Aunt Rosemary, and many cousins, as well as many others who were blessed to have known Mike. He is truly and deeply missed.
(Image credit: Tiffany La Grange)