By Melissa Jourdain
April 21, 2008
Michael had an enviable zest for life and adventure, as evident by the way he lived every day of his 38 years. Michael was a force of intellect, strength, passion, and courage. He served as a Marine right out of high school and loved to recant the stories of his time in Japan and service oversees. He traveled the world and the country chalking up 10 days mountain biking alone through Utah, rafting the Grand Canyon, and scaling many of America's mountain ranges. It was 1997 when on a road trip to Alaska with Darin, that Michael finally put down roots. As they packed up to return to California, he told Darin, "I'm staying here this place just fits." It was there in Alaska, that Michael not only made his home, but a beautiful life which included a powerful love for his wife Teri and a commitment and devotion to his children that was palpable.
The description provided along with the quotes included by Michael's colleagues and friends, truly captures the essence of the man we all admire and love. Please accept our deepest appreciation for publishing such an eloquent and professional piece during a time that has left us simply devastated.
My deepest regards to the state
of Alaska, the rescuers who brought Quinn home safely, and to
the widows and children of those with whom we share this loss.
Received April 18, 2008 - Published April 21, 2008
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