Memorial Service:

3/11/2009 11:00 Spirit of Christ Catholic Church, 7400 W 80th Ave, Arvada

Commital Service and Interment:

3/11/2009 1:15 PM, Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area C

Michael J. Mitchell

March 26, 1946 :: Galesburg, Illinois
Passed Away:
March 4, 2009 :: Arvada, Colorado

Michael Mitchell, 62, of Arvada, passed away Wednesday, March 4, at his home. With his loving wife Lois and son Clint, at his side, Michael, born March 26, 1946, in Galesburg, Illinois, left a legacy of love and friendship. He married the former Lois Bunt in 1984 and the two shared a wonderful life, which brought them the son Clint. He is also survived by his daughter Julie Garrison of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic in Vietnam where he earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Medic Badge. Courage comes to those who need it and throughout his life no man made a better friend than Michael Mitchell. After returning from military service Michael worked as a member of Operating Engineer’s Local 649 in Peoria, Illinois. After establishing his home in Colorado he worked as a surveyor on the pedestrian mall in downtown Denver, the Eisenhower Tunnel and many more large-scale construction projects. He later worked for the Jefferson County Assessor’s office. In his later years, Michael operated a successful property inspection company.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on 3/11/2009, at Spirit of Christ Catholic Church 7400 W. 80th Ave. Arvada, Co. 80003 followed by Military Services @ Fort Logan National Cemetery 4400 Kenyon Ave. Reception will follow at Spirit of Christ and all are invited.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Michael J.Mitchell as a tribute contributions to Denver Rescue Mission call 303-313-2443 or mail to Denver Rescue Mission at 1130 Park Ave. W, Denver, CO or mail to the Exempla Lutheran Collier Hospice Center at 3210 Lutheran Pakway WheatRidge, CO 80033 or call 303-403-7200.

The Mitchell family sends condolences and sympathy to Lois and Clint Mitchell, family and friends. We all loved Mike and knew him as a courageous, determined and loving husband and father.

Mike is survived by four Brothers and five Sisters. His Mother, Marguerite Mitchell was born July 12, 1900, in Avon, Illinois to John and Laura Crozier Fitzsimmons, she married Mr. Julian Arthur Mitchell on May 6, 1920 in Saint Augustine, IL. Mrs. Mitchell died on the 27th of February, 1983.

His Father Julian Arthur Mitchell was born July 20, 1891, in Avon, IL to Douglas and Mary Smith Mitchell and passed away on March 7, l983.

Mikes family members are:

Kathleen Francis Searles resides in Anaheim, CA.
Julian Marshall Mitchell and his wife Gracie live in North Haven, CT.
Eloise and her husband Ken Fransen live in Orion, IL.
William Edward Mitchell and his wife Phyllis have a residence in Galesburg, IL.
Mary Patricia Koons lives in Oceanside, CA.
Robert Eugene Mitchell has a home in Long Beach, CA.
Theresa Rose Mitchell lives in Galesburg, IL.
Carol Jane and her husband Chuck Ritter reside in Peking, IL.
John Douglas Mitchell and his wife Janet live in Galesburg, IL.
A Sister, Joyce Elizabeth Mitchell preceded Mike in death. She was born on July 26, 1941 and passed away on April 5, 1942.

We extend our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss, but feel comfort knowing that Mike is with God and family members that preceded him in death.

Michael Mitchell

The measure of a man lies in the size of his smile
Mention Michael Mitchell
And laughter lunges across the face of all who know him
Not knew him
Know him
For the measure of a man lies in the memories of family and friends
Of madness and more

Michael Mitchell knew well the love of his life
Lois his wife
Michael Mitchell knew well the love of being a dad
Twice he produced the pleasure that defined his life
Clint and Julie stand as monuments to a man
Not a perfect man
A perfect person
For Michael Mitchell knew well the measure of a man lies in left behind

And Michael the man forever stood stout in the face of danger
For he knew well the strong serve as the soft
While some could kill Michael Mitchell could help and heal
And never lose the love of life
The laugh of love
For Michael Mitchell knew well the measure of a man lies in the simple pleasure of

Many will mourn
But for those who loved him
He lives on in our lives and our laughter
Michael, thanks for taking the time to teach me too many things to mention
And the one lesson I learned that matters most
Never be afraid to tell those you hold close

Thank you all for sharing in Michael’s love,
Lois, Clint, Julie, Shayna


2 Responses to Michael J. Mitchell

  1. LaVonne Bunt says:

    Lois and Clint, This poem was written a few years ago for a friend that had lost someone very close. It pulled from my insides the intensity that comes with the loss of someone you love deeply. There is a silent moment before the sun rises with just a hint of the day’s light coming forth it is there that I miss you As clouds gather, the color of the air changes announcing the rain — it is spring’s first thunder in the gentle rain, I miss you The ground warms as a crocus peeks bravely through the winter crust — a flower opens amidst the chill just a reminder — I am with you still My heart goes out to you in this time of loss. I hope to see you soon. With love, LaVonne

  2. Katie Hubbard says:

    My thoughts are with you Lois and Clint.

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