Michael Crowell, aged 69, passed away peacefully Oct. 12 with his wife at his side. Mike was born in Upstate New York, spent much of his life in the Bay Area of California and moved to Washington in 1999 to be with his sweetheart who became his wife in 2000.
Mike served in the Navy Reserves in early adulthood, and worked for United Airlines as a mechanic and inspector for 34 years. He loved airplanes and could fix any engine.
Mike fought Parkinson’s Disease for 22 years, determined that it would not get him down. When Parkinson’s made doing something difficult, he found another way to do it. When riding motorcycles got difficult, he rode a three-wheeled scooter as long as he was able. When he could only fish, and not catch, he remained forever hopeful that one wayward fish would bite.
Mike never met a stranger. When camping, he knew the other campers nearby almost before he set up camp. When moving to a new neighborhood, he knew all the neighbors the first day and often introduced people to each other who had been neighbors for years without meeting. He loved people, regardless of their foibles.
Mike loved fishing, camping, traveling, bowling and spending time with his grandchildren and family. He is survived by his wife Christine, his children Martin (Taylor) and Marisa, step-children Amie (Tony) and Robert (Alison), his four siblings Eileen, Suellen (Bruce), Peter (Patricia) and Laura. He had four grandchildren, Noah, Luke, Lola and Avery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. Please contact family for information regarding his memorial.