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“Geneva, our thoughts are with you. Mike sure made the best 'rita's'! xoxoPam ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Pam Eckerson - Portland, OR

“Our deepest condolences to Geneva, the Howard family, and Mike's friends. In the short time we knew him he always had a smile, a story and a joke. ...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Dennis & Jeanne Pettit - Ventura, CA

“My deepest sympathy to the Howard family. May God give you strength and peace.Psalm 29:11 ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“My the memory of this wonderful man live on in the hearts of those who love him so dearly. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Rhonda Lehmann - Milwaukie, OR

“I am honored to have called you a friend. What an amazing example of courage and strength. You will be missed. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Carla Sharp - Vancouver, WA

“Mike you were my favorite cousin. You always had a great story to tell & the best sense of humor. I will miss you & our long phone calls. RIP Mike....Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Leslie (Hanstad) Murphy - WA

How does a person named Mike actually get the personalized plate MIKE ? “I miss you more each day. The dogs miss you, too. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Geneva Fraser - Vancouver, WA

“Josh and I are so very fortunate to have the pleasure of Mike and Geneva as neighbors. Mikes laughter and booming voice coming from across the fence...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Heather Wilkinson

“A light went out of this world when Mike Howard left us. He was a funny, helpful friend, and had a generous spirit. There's no one like you, Mike. ...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Margaret Ford


Howard, Michael Anthony 59 Oct. 25, 1956 Oct. 13, 2016 Mike Howard died on Oct. 13, 2016 just twelve days shy of his sixtieth birthday, after a year-long struggle with esophageal cancer. His beloved dogs were snuggled by his side throughout his final days. He was born Oct. 25, 1956, in San Francisco, to Darlene and Harry Howard. He was raised in Puyallup, Wash., where he attended Ezra Meeker Elementary and Puyallup High School. After graduating from P.H.S., in 1974, he worked painting bridges and building houses. During these early years, Mike was an avid dirt-bike rider and concertgoer, and also developed an interest in photography. Later, he worked as a meat packer for Hormel Meats and as a warehouse supervisor for Provisioners Trucking. On Oct. 10, 1981, he married Carole Glass, and they raised two children together until they divorced, in 1996. In 1997, he moved to Portland, when he began working for Precision Castparts as a utility investor; he was employed there for nineteen years. He met Geneva Fraser in 2000. They were married on March 1, 2004, and settled in Vancouver, Wash. Mike had a big heart. He was very generous with his time, and loved helping others. He had a wonderfully clever sense of humor and was a great storyteller. He loved drives and hikes in the Columbia River Gorge, trips to the ocean, animals, books, movies, muscle cars, motorcycles, tools and gadgets. He barbecued year-round, and produced everything from succulent rotisserie turkey at Thanksgiving to scrumptious chicken and burgers on the Fourth of July. Mike was incredibly handy, resourceful and creative; he could fix anything. A garage sale enthusiast and collector of all things vintage, he couldn't resist a good deal. He amassed a large collection of vintage radios and had a particular interest in Telechron clocks, which he took great care in restoring and giving as gifts, with his motto, "Time Is a Gift." Mike is survived by his wife, Geneva; his mother, Darlene McNall (Vancouver, Wash.); his brother, Patrick Howard (Puyallup, Wash.); his son, Jacob Howard (Orting, Wash.); his daughter, Heidi Howard (Everett, Wash.); and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112th Avenue, Vancouver, Wash. 98684. Please join the family for refreshments in the hospitality room, immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kaiser Hospice Program, 2701 NW Vaughn Street, Suite 140, Portland, 97210.

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