Michael was taken
far too soon. He leaves behind a loving family and wonderful friends who
mourn his loss deeply. However, Mike would not want us to grieve and feel
sadness. He would want to be remembered for the joyful person he was and to
be comforted by cherished memories that we all have.
If ever anyone truly lived the expression “Carpe Diem” it was Mike. There
were times when he told us that he wanted to do something and our reply
might be …take it easy or why not wait on it… but in retrospect I’m glad he
did not always take our advise. During his short life he was able to
experience more than some people who live twice as many years.
At the Chili Cook-Off last year I had a talk with Karen Chavez that made
me think about how to put Mike’s life in perspective. After some time I
shared the following with her:
I was thinking about our talk on Saturday and what the owner of the
restaurant in Rachel said and tried to give meaning to Mike's life and
death. Perhaps his purpose was to leave us these important messages:
1. There is nothing more important than the love of family and friends.
2. Friends are far more valuable than material possessions.
3. Follow your dreams and live each day to its fullest since you never know
how long you have.
From a headstone in Ireland:
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory no one can steal.
Last year Mike’s good friends Sean and Julie Kelly welcomed a new Michael
with the birth of their son, Michael Joseph Kelly on August 25th.
ET Highway - Rachel, NV
- We have placed a Geo Cache by Mike's
Marker. To find out more about geocaching