Mike was raised by two very loving and incredible parents, Al and Ruth Turner. He graduated in 1962 from Queen Anne High in Seattle and went on to attend the University of Washington and then on to Central Washington University, where he graduated with a degree in Business and Art. He and Jo (Vehse) were married in Seattle in 1973.
He loved reading and traveling and making new friends. He loved motorcycling across America every year with his best friend, Richard Talcott, of Olympia, Washington. Mexico was special, Mike and Jo spent their first 9 months of marriage traveling in a VW Camper Van in the US and Mexico, where many new friends were added to an already long list.
Mike worked at several jobs but his favorites were working in the energy business selling storm windows, insulation and heat pumps. He also sold posters for American Arts and Graphics for 10 years. In 1997, Mike and Jo purchased the Prospect Historic Hotel and moved to Prospect. The Hotel was sold in 2005 and they were able to travel.
Mike loved the wilderness, hiking and being in the forest. Prospect provided all that and more for him. His love of the community was immense. He lived and traveled all over the world and said that he never found a place better than Prospect. He wanted to thank the community for being such a close knit and a wonderful place to live. He felt at home and accepted with love and compassion. He also appreciated the support and devotion from Jo over his lifetime and especially when the time came for him to be substantially taken care of during his illness and all the treatments it entailed.
Mike was a wonderful friend, husband, father and son. His most remarkable attribute was his ever present positive attitude and humor. If you had the pleasure of ever meeting him, you were fortunate. He had the ability to make people comfortable and laugh a lot. He was engaging and knowledgeable about a wide range of topics. He was never at a loss for words. Jo is grateful to the people who touched Mike in ways that inspired him to be a warm, loving and humorous man.
He loved his family, friends and children deeply. His best friends, Dick & Cece Talcott of Olympia, Wa, Greg & Linda Barlean of Everson, Wa, Dave Moe and Roman Lemeshkov of Seattle, Ken & Ofelia Nelson of Portland, Or, Kathleen and Larry Wall and Trudie and Bill Dvorak of Seattle, Wa, Janna and Steve Little, and Dave and Laure Reid and Lyle and Nadene Pope of Prospect, Ore, Angela and Kalle Meier and Jochen Melzer of Germany and many, many more that will miss him very much. He also wanted to make a special thank you to the angels that cared for him, which were his doctors, nurses, Home Health Care and Hospice.
Mike’s favorite quote was when Mark Twain was asked where he wanted to spend eternity: “Heaven for the Climate and Hell for the company.”
A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held in Seattle and in Prospect. Seattle was held January 29th at Acacia Memorial Park in Bothell, Washington beginning at noon. Prospect will be on February 18th at the Prospect Community Club beginning at noon.