• Sunset Hills Funeral Home
    Bellevue, WA
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James Michael "Mike" Early, DDS 1947 - 2010
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May 18, 2010
I grew up with Michael when he first moved East with his beautiful family. His parents,Cherry and Jim became like a second set of family for me, along with his sister Janice. We went to elementary school in Wynnewood, Pa. For 4 years & truly became best pals. We had many sleepovers, always at his house because he & his family were fun& great hosts. Plus, he had bunk beds &i always got the lower one. From reading the many tributes to Duke( my siily nickname for him), I can tell he became the great man that he seemed destined to be even when he was a kid. And did he ever miss the Pacific Northwest while exiled back here in Pa.!!! I would love to hear fr any of hhis family or friends.cell:484-437-2486. My deepest thoughts are with his family and many friends. Michael was "one in a million"- a Hall of fame buddy. I am John Spaeth from Wayne,Pa. Bless you all for your feelings about Mike.
April 27, 2010
April 27,2010
I just recently heard of Mike's passing and was both shocked and saddened. We started as patient's of Mike's in 1998 and received wonderful care and friendship until we moved in 2001. He was fun,kind hearted and made going to the dentist a great adventure for my three kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and his special office staff.
April 10, 2010
i first became a patient of mike in 1981 and as everyone who meets mike they consider him a friend, he took care of my wife dianes teeth also, diane passed away a year ago and i appreciated mikes concern and true compassion, diane liked him a lot, i know how jill is doing as i am still going through this, if you need to talk you can call anytime, we loved mike, lindsey and diane burchak
April 10, 2010
March 31, 2010
I am shocked and very saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I have been going to Dr. Early for 26 years and seeing Sue just as long. Mike was kind enough to purchase fund raising flowers from my kids and allowed my daughter to intern at his office. From the first few appointments we shared memories of our Navy adventures. He was always so friendly and asked me about the family and how Kelly is doing. I will miss him, his professionalism, his kindness and will miss seeing Sue and Hope. My sympathy to his family and staff.
March 29, 2010
A great spirit and a wonderful guy. I've delivered Dr. Early's mail for several years and I will miss his warm smile and big, booming hello's ;)

" Dying is a wild night and a new road " - Emily Dickinson

Godspeed, Dr Early*
March 26, 2010
I was lucky enough to have known Mike when I was based in SEA in the 1970's as a flight attendant with Continental airlines. I was also lucky enough to have him use my mouth full of "not so great" teeth to help him with his boards at the University of Washington. He passed.... and I ended up with wonderful and enduring memories of this very special man. He will always hold a special place in my heart.
Laurie Csatlos
March 25, 2010
What a shock to hear of Dr. Early's passing. He was our family dentist for almost fifteen years. My kids actually LOVED going to the dentist from the time they were preschoolers! They'll never forget getting to pick out their prize from his special "treasure chest" when they were done!

Dr. Early succeeded in establishing a special, warm and relaxed atmosphere in his office that didn't feel "sterilized" at all -- a tribute to his warm, relaxed personality. He had also assembled a special staff that left every patient feeling cared for. He always remembered who you were, asked questions about you or your family, or what was going on in your life (even though you couldn't answer him with his fingers or tools in your mouth!).

But the one thing I'll always remember about him and that made me feel happiest of all -- is when he would personally come out to the lobby where I was sitting, after my kids had their teeth cleaned and examined -- and updated me on their dental situation, and then proceded to tell me what wonderful children I had -- what neat kids they were, how much they had grown, how mature they were becoming, how pleasant and social they were to talk to, how well behaved they were, what great looking kids they were, how much he enjoyed them when they were in his office. By the time I left, I was beaming from ear to ear.

He always went the extra mile to personally speak with you and make sure you felt good about your dental experience. We will certainly miss him. Where will we find his replacement? I'm sure others are thinking the same thing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his staff at this very difficult time.

The Bradley Family
Jeff, Carrie, Michael and Sydney
March 24, 2010
Fair winds and following seas from your Sooner Navy classmates.
March 24, 2010
After attending the celebration for Mike, we are still in shock. We can't believe he is gone. Mike was our dentist for close to 30 years, starting on 156th Ave. and ending up on Bel-Red Rd. Four generations of our family went to Mike starting with my mom, Hallie Sharper, who died a few years ago at age 92, and then Jim and Nancy Bailey, their son and daughter-in-law Scott and Laurie, and their two daughters, Lindsay and Leigha. Over the years, we all looked forward to going to the dentist to see Mike and Sue. Mike was wonderful, so compasionate and caring, remembered all the little details about each family member. And we shared our love for dogs, especially Westies. We will miss Mike. And we send our special thoughts and prayers to Jill, Jeff, and Kari.
Nancy and Jim Bailey
March 21, 2010
Mike was our friend........when we met Mike he was single, young and handsome and every gal wanted a date with him. once you got to know him you were drawn in by his humour, sensitivity, and well, he was just a good friend. In 1981 my husband steve and I were involved in a serious car accident and I had quite a bit of facial trauma and dental needs. Mike then became our dentist. He called us everyday to check up on us and took such great care of me. Years later when we moved to park city, ut, i still flew in to seattle to have Mike take a look and make sure everything was going okay. Our old group of friends who knew Mike from the "old days" will miss him and the fine memories we have. Our sympathy to Mikes family. We have only the best of memories. Kitty Entwisle-Sherer and Steve Sherer
March 19, 2010
I got the call from Sue today... I was speachless and so very sad to hear the news. Dr. Early has been my dentist for 25 yrs. He worked so hard to help me with my fears of dentists. His smile, sense of humor and the compassion he has showed me over the yrs has been absolutely amazing. When I lost my husband in 1998 - it was Dr Early who called me to see how I was doing. Then again when I was diagnoised w/ Breast Cancer it was Dr Early and Sue who called to see how I was doing. I will never forget his kindness and positive attitude. He will be missed very much. My sympathy to his family and staff - you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Sandy Zegretti
March 18, 2010
My family and I were patients of Dr. Early for about a decade. He clearly kept his patients' well-being foremost in mind. I was unable to attend the memorial service, but I thought of him as I performed Mozart's Requiem the next day. Condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers.
March 16, 2010
We were patients of Mike's after our dentist retired and then we moved to Oregon. He always made a special effort to make sure his patients were comfortable. It was always fun to catch up on the latest golf game, vacation, wine tasting, etc. He will be greatly missed. He enriched our lives. Jill, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
March 15, 2010
I was so sorry to hear of Dr.Early's passing today. He will be missed greatly. I was a patient of his for going on 14 years and never once did I dread going to see him. I looked forward to the appt as I knew we would always catch up and talk about OU football or what ever we had been up to recently. I was a grad of OU (several years after Mike) but that never stopped us from chatting about it and life in general. Jill I did not know you but feel like I do from hearing of you and your family through Mike. My heart is with you and your family - Take care and hang on to all the great memories!
March 15, 2010
I've been a patient of Mike's for 15 years - since my best friend went to work for him. I just heard of his passing, and am shocked to say the least since I just saw him a couple weeks ago. Coming into the office was like going to see old friends and family - they all shared so much with me from college, to moving away, to getting married, and having children. Mike made going to the dentist something I looked forward to, and his gentle and kind demeanor are unmatched. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and to the entire staff at his office. I know Mike is in good hands,but you will be sorely missed by all down here.
God Bless.
March 15, 2010
We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing, as he was certainly one of a kind. I know his legacy will live on through the many memories you cherish, as I was just pleased to have the opportunity to know him through growing up with Jeff. A beautiful service on Sunday. Our sincere condolences.
March 14, 2010
Jill, Duane shared with me the very sad news of Mike's unexpected passing. Paul Hunter and Bob Nunn are here in AZ and we reflected on you two very special people. Karen and Harry Purper will be with our group tomorrow when they arrive from Florida. We will tell them of this very sad news. Tex Hartley will be there as well. Bob and I talked about the annual JWN dinners and Mikes thoughtful exchanges with us. Helen and I remember when you and you son joined us for Mariner games in the King dome. Your very strong faith and inner strength will see you through this event. You both have and had many close and caring friends let their, our caring bring you some comfort.

God Bless you and your family. Deepest symphathy,Gale and Helen Wergeland
March 14, 2010
so..our family went to micheal's life celebration yesterday. the word of the day was "wow"..the place was like the crowd scene from BEN-HUR!! that alone speaks volumes about how many lives j. micheal touched and how he was revered, respected and loved by everyone who was fortunate enough to have crossed his path.

he is now upstairs and:

a) still drilling, filling but probably not billing..making sure everybodys teeth are in order and always making those follow up phone calls to make sure all is okay.

b) cooking up some of his favorite recipies and SHARING them, cuz that is what michael does!!

but most importantly, he is continuing to set the standard for what it takes to be a truly caring and compassionate humanoid. after all that's what he did down here, so why should he change??

we will miss yah buddy
the witherspoons(rex, trish, tiffany, marisa and morgan)
March 13, 2010
Played a round of golf today and thought about Mike. Boom, chipped in for birdie on #5. Another kick-in birdie on #11. Booming drives on #2, 7 and 12 that had my regular playing partners wondering who I was. Felt as though Mike was there in spirit helping me along.

Jill, Vickie and I are shocked at Mike's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. The service, although sad, was uplifting and celebrated a life well lived.
March 13, 2010
Jill and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and our deepest sympathy for your loss.
March 13, 2010
Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories of Mike today at his celebration of life. You will always have my love and support and my thoughts and prayers are constantly with you. I love you, Jill. Mary Scott Clement
March 13, 2010
Mike was a friend from the UW Dental School, study clubs, and the golf course. He was always a terrific person to be around...his laugh was unforgetable.
Mike seemed to understand that life was for "truly living"...and he did that to the utmost.
Our thoughts are with Jill and her family. We will miss and remember Mike always.
March 13, 2010
Abby, Carly and I were lucky enough to have spent a couple of days with Mike and Jill at their beautiful house on Whidbey Island. It didn't take long to understand why he was loved by some many. He was a generous and loving man. The time we spent with him was short but a time full of laughs. It is a time that we will always remember. His life will be celebrated by many including Jill, Jeff and Kari.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family as we know he is in a better place.

-Abby and Bobby Weinberg (McKinney TX)
March 13, 2010
Mike was a great neighbor and friend. He was always ready with a good story and a good bottle of wine. I'll always remember him.
March 13, 2010
My life has been so much richer because of my friendship with Mike these last 23 years. I will miss him tremendously. But because he is such a compelling person, his spirit will live on with me. Joe Arbanas
March 13, 2010
Mike truly changed my life.
We first met when I was on a quest to find a dentist in Washington, he was able to overcome all of my objections and anxiety, eventually he created the smile that I have today. Through the years we became friends and I learned a lot from him. Not only was he a brilliant practitioner, he was an amazing person and I found myself actually looking forward to my next visit and will truly miss him.
All my best to his family and staff you are in my thoughts and prayers.
March 13, 2010
I was so shocked to hear about Mike's death and still can't quite believe he's gone. It feels like a loss in my family.

I was one of Mike's first patients. His office was on 156th & Bell Red Rd, not far from my apartment. I had a dental emergency on a weekend, looked in the phone book and, in those days, Mike's office was open on Saturdays. That's how I met him and have been his patient ever since.

Some of the best conversations I've had occured in his office. Of course, his hands were usually in my mouth and I'd touch his sleeve so he's stop working and let me answer him. I shall miss his great smile, his smiling eyes, his intellect and his zest for living.
March 13, 2010
I met Mike for the first time at his 60th Birthday party. Within the next 24 hours, I had come to a know a man who was happy,content,caring and sensitive with a great sense of humor. He was surrounded that weekend by family and friends who all loved him deeply. Even though I was a new friend, I quickly grew to care for him, as so many had already. I am saddened by his death and my prayers are with you, Jill, your family and Mike's staff.
March 12, 2010
mike truely placed a footprint on my heart and life. i had the privledge of sitting beside him for six years as his assistant. he is forever my mentor. an amazing teacher and friend. my thoughts and prayers are with you jill and his staff.
March 12, 2010
You ole sea dog. Not only did you scrape and repair the barnacles from my pie hole you had filled a much bigger void in my life.
Yea, you filled the need of the barber and the bartender. You're the regular guy I looked forward to that I could spill my guts to about all the crap that guys like to commiserate about.
Thank you for your eloquent care over these many years.
How on earth did you make it to this position on the game board before me. We are the same age you know. And for what it's worth one of the things I really admired about you, you did not have a limp handshake but some how had the touch of a Master at your work.
Susan and I will miss you. I tip my hat to you and thank you for serving our country.
Jill, thank you for being there for Mike all these years. We do understand your grief.
March 12, 2010
Although I was only a patient of Mike's for less than 5 years, my admiration for him, his abilities, his expertise, and his prefessionalism runs deep in my heart. He calmed my fears and even made every visit full of joy, laughter, and wonderful stories. I shall miss him greatly. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out ot his family and I truly know that he's in the hands of our Lord and looking over all of us until we meet again. Caren Laub, Snoqualmie, WA
March 12, 2010
Mike and Jill have been our Whidbey neighbors for many years. Their home is a gathering point for many since they live next to the boat launch. Last year, Mike and Jill hosted the beach crab potluck for 40 people. Most weekends, we spend some time on their deck talking about nothing important. They loved their time at the cabin and would often stay Sunday night, returning for work early Monday morning.

My favorite memory of Mike is the time we built the new docks at the boat launch. We needed to counter-sink some large bolts so they wouldn’t damage the boats. That required a hole-saw cut to be chipped out. What a perfect task for the DDS. Mike volunteered to do the chipping and was just proficient with a hammer and chisel as was with his dental tools.

We’ll miss Mike very much. He was a wonderful part of our community. Jill, you are in our prayers.

Carol and Paul Onerheim
March 12, 2010
Jill and family, I was so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. I will always remember his contagious smile and easy-going manner. Mark always spoke so highly of him as a professional. Think of you, Danna Syltebo Anderson
March 12, 2010
We are saddened to hear about the passing of Dr. Early. Our office has had the pleasure of working with him for many years and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Your friends at Hunnex & Shoemaker
March 12, 2010
For Kate, Emily, and Christi, Dr. Early was a family dentist for over 25 years, and yet he was so much more. He was the rare dentist who made an appointment feel like a visit to catch up with old friends. He just had that personal as well as professional way with people.

For Kate, Mike was also an employer and mentor. After she graduated from Dental Assistant School, Mike took Kate under his wing and made sure she had the most positive experience possible in beginning her new career. For six months, until her recent move to California, Kate was thrilled to work with the best possible dental staff, all of who were inspired by Mike’s humor, patience and devotion to his patients. This was a time she will always treasure.

Our family will always remember Mike’s smile and genuine care and we will miss him so very much.

Thank you Dr. Early,

Christi Edwards
Katherine Lang
Emily Lang
March 12, 2010
I was lucky enough to know Mike through his son Jeff who is my best friend in Texas. Everytime Mike and Jill would come to visit I would have the pleasure of hanging out with them as one of the family. Mike was a great golfer and even a great cook...and so so funny. He truly will be missed by many. He was loved by everyone in my family, our thoughts and prayers are with you Jill, Jeff and Keri. .
March 12, 2010
Mike, I will miss you so much! Who will I talk college football with now?
March 12, 2010
Gary and I have followed Mike's practice from his first location with the little fish tank on 154th. We loved our "spa days" for our teeth with Mike. He always had terrific stories to share and we had the opportunity to grow with him and his family in those stories. Our prayers and love go out to all of you...you have always been our friends and family!
March 12, 2010
I am saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I have many fond memories of Sigma Chi and Mike was a large part of that. I was a pledge class behind Mike but like Mike had come to Oklahoma from the East Coast. He made that transition easier and I am a better person having known him.
March 12, 2010
I have had the unique pleasure of Mike being the only dentist I have ever had. Over the past 30 years Mike actually made it fun to go to the dentist. I also had the pleasure of going to college with Jeff. Hearing Mike brag about Jeff's accomplishments and life events during my appointments was a regular, and welcome accurance. Mike truly loved his family and life.

Jeff, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Steve Oylear
March 12, 2010
Jay and I were so sorry to hear about Mike's passing. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him. We have wonderful memories from Whidbey and will always cherish them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jill, and all the family as well.
March 12, 2010
Our family were patients of Dr. Early's for over 10 years, and I always said,he was the best dentist I had ever had in my life. Always asked about the family and had such TLC with me the high maintenance patient. We are truly saddened to hear of his passing. I was especially close to Sue and Beth (my thoughts and prayers) are with you, and to the family as well.

The Jopp Family (George & Nancy, Fountain Hills AZ)
Kim Jopp (Kuzak), Seattle
Adam Jopp (Black Diamond)
March 12, 2010
Mike Early was the kindest person I have ever had the privilege of calling a friend. We had many good laughs when he lived across the hall at the Sigma Chi house in Norman. We enjoyed some great ski trips together that produced wonderful memories. Mike came to my rescue as I was traveling on business in the Seattle area and had a mjor tooth issue. He opened his office early to relieve my pain. My son was traveling with me some years ago and a quick call to Mike and Jill produced a free dinner and again many laughs. I will never forget his big smile and warm heart. Gods speed my Brother.

Paul Varvel
March 12, 2010
Sorry about the loss of your dear one. In reading the obiturary I learned you have 2 dogs names Ziggy and Marley. We have two 17 yr old cats who are sisters and they bear the same names. Our son named them for us and they have been great company. With names like those chosen it is rare to find that combination. God Bless.
March 12, 2010
I was a patient of Dr. Early's for over 15 years. I'll miss his warmth and congeniality, and our good natured Cougs vs Huskies discussions. Rest in peace, Doc. I will miss you.
March 11, 2010
I don't have the words to say how truly sorry I am to hear that Mike is no longer with us. He brought warmth and welcome to everyone he met. Our thoughts are with you. Love, Diane, Dave and Jonathan
March 11, 2010
I have worked with Mike Early side by side as his assistant for 12 years. He was my mentor, my friend, and a father figure to me. He guided me through tough time's by always being there for me. There are so many thing's about Mike I am going to miss, his upbeat personality, stories about his adventures, and his laughter. Dr. Early preferred to be called "Mike" at work. Well, because that's what kind of guy he was. Everyday I saw so much passion in his eye's about his work and he taught me everything I know about dentistry. I will never find a better man to work for. He truly is "one of a kind". I am so sad for loosing such a great friend, his spirit will live through me by all the thing's he has taught me. The memories of Mike will live on through all that love him. I Love You Mike Early...
March 11, 2010
Dear Jill,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the many wonderful memories you built together bring you comfort.
You are in my thoughts,
Geri (Almeleh) Capeloto
March 11, 2010
Michael...remembering all the really fun times in the 70's. Till we meet again...Sheila (Hand) Rhodes
March 11, 2010
I was broken hearted to hear the news of Mike's passing and send my deepest sympathy to his family. Mike and I first met when he came to the University of Oklahoma to visit the campus in the Spring of 1965. I had graduated from Harriton High School two years ahead of Mike, but we had not met until that day. My first thoughts: "This guy has to come to OU and he has to pledge Sigma Chi." It all came to pass and I was Mike's big brother in the fraternity. Mike has been a great friend for many years and always a total joy to be around. So many great memories: a college ski trip to Taos; post-college ski trips to Steamboat and Vail; visiting fraternity brothers living in Southern California and attending the Long Beach Grand Prix; backpacking for five days in the Wyoming's Wind River mountain range with fellow Sig Denny Hamlin (soon-to-be-doctor Early patched up all our blisters); and a great golf/ flyfishing/raft trip to Sun Valley. Mike was one of the truly good guys in this world and I will miss him very much.
March 11, 2010
It was the smile and the twinkle in his eye that stayed with you even after he said see ya later. Having known Mike through study club and mutual paients for over 25 yrs, his sudden passing has left us with heavy hearts. He will be truly missed. May his memory be as a blessing
March 11, 2010
Jill, Jeff and Family, including puppies. I was stunned to hear about Mike's passing. I had the honor of working with Mike as his hygienist for over 10 years. My career was enriched as a result of that relationship, but having the friend relationship was even more enriching. Mike (Dr. Talk-a-lot) will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He was truly a delight. I will look forward to a hearty reunion on the other side. In the meantime, my prayers and outpouring of love go to the family members. I'm not sure you remember me Jill, but I'm always available for coffee or chatting if you like.
March 11, 2010
Jill, We were deeply sorry to hear about Mike. We had such a great time on your deck last summer, cracking crab with you guys and talking about travels past and future. It is a wonderful memory and we are saddened by the loss of such a vibrant person. Our thoughts are with you.
March 11, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended families. Please know that he is in great care in the Lords arms.
He was a generous and kind man. Stephen and I loved visiting with him in McKinney, TX while visiting Jeff and Kari. He also made our visit to Whidbey Island memorable.
Amber and Stephen Grigsby
McKinney, Texas
March 11, 2010
Mike was taken from all of us way to soon! I will always remember him for his ability to fill a room with laughter. He was part of so many people's life's and he will be missed greatly.
March 11, 2010
Words are very hard to come by. Mike & I shared a common waiting room with our two practices the 1st 5 years of our professional career, & have remained connected through these almost 30 total years. It is impossible still to think we won't get on the phone together trying to take good care of our common patients . . . I am deeply saddened by this loss. I send my heartfelt condolences to Jill and the entire family, including the two beloved dogs. I send positive thoughts your way at this difficult time. I also send my heartfelt condolelnces to Mike's staff, who I know are also heartbroken but who are trying to carry on with his patients. Big hugs to you all. Dr. Cheryl L Townsend
March 11, 2010
Jill, Jeff, Janice, and Jay
I am still shocked at the news of Mike and will miss him terribly. He and I were friends for over 45 years and together we shared many memories, experiences and laughs. He truly was my best friend and I know he is with the Lord now and in a better place. I too am a Sigma Chi and that is where Mike and I met so many years ago. He was truly an amazing man and like Bill, Garnett, Bob and others from Sigma Chi said, All Honor to your Name and I will never forget you.....God bless and In Hoc Brother Mike.
March 11, 2010
March 11, 2010
Dr. Early took immaculate care of my family's dental needs. I appreciate all the years of service including laughter, advice and most of all the genuiness he showed. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family members.
March 11, 2010
My deepest sympathy for you, Jill, and your family. Linda L. BFS friend.
March 11, 2010
Mike took a chance on me when he let me volunteer in his dental office in 1988, fresh out of dental management school. I was a single mother of two small kids and I so appreciated his confidence in me and willingness to help. I learned a lot with the help of his wonderful staff, especially his office manager, Sue. My heart aches for his family, staff, close friends and patients who have lost such a kind man and talented dentist. He made an impact on my life and career for which I will be forever grateful
March 11, 2010
Geoff and I are in shock since reading of Mike's death at such a young age. We met Mike and Jill when we moved to Seattle 11 years ago. He became our dentist and friend. We enjoyed a week in Cancun together--memories never to be forgotten. We were fortunate to spend time on Whidbey with them as well. He will be missed and was much loved. He always seemed to be enjoying life to the fullest. He'll always be in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to Jill and the entire family. We'll miss him.
March 11, 2010
Brother James Michael Early --

until we unite in glory --

Well done, good and faithful servant.

Very, very, very well done.

All honor to your name.

Kenneth M. Morris BK 1969
March 11, 2010
. ~In paradisum deducant te Angeli~
May the angels lead you into Paradise
March 10, 2010
We are shocked and saddened by the news of Mike's passing. We are without words.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jill and the family.
Mike always had a smile on his face, a positive thing to say and an upbeat style. He will be dearly missed by all.
The Quints, Bellevue Wa.
March 10, 2010
J. Michael: To your family – My deepest sympathies for your loss. Mike was truly one of the good guys. As his pledge brother, blocking back and a guy initiated behind him, it was a distinct honor to have shared four years with him. I was fortunate to have experienced his infectious laugh, his ecstatic zest for life and inquisitive nature during our college years. Whether cleaning “the pit”, dining at Dencos or wrestling for position in the Tube Room, Mike exemplified the principles we were taught as a Sigma Chi. The White Cross gained new luster through his life. God speed my brother.
March 10, 2010
The Soaring Eagle, When we went skiing he had the the wider base technique which exemplified Bode Miller. At that time during dental school, We skied with our feet close together, Mike was ahead of the times. Technology hadn't caught up with him. Remembering a friend and colleague, Mike Kondo
March 10, 2010
I was pledge brothers and fraternity brothers with Mike at OU. What a wonderful guy and friend. My wife and I flew through Seattle in May 1985. Mike took the time and trouble to come out to the airport and have a meal with us. It was just like the years hadn't gone by. I am saddened at his passing but glory that he is with our Lord.
March 10, 2010
I remember Mike from Junior High School in Bala-Cynwyd. Our friends from the Main Line have circulated his story and we wish his friends and family the best in this difficult time. Laura Sunstein Murphy
March 10, 2010
J Michael Early "the Philly flash" was a damn New Jersey yankee, who was smart enough to come to Oklahoma for a real education and to learn how to be a real smooth southern boy. I was lucky enough to have him for two years as a room mate and true friend that lasted till last week. He and Jill honored me by coming all the way to Dallas for my 60th birthday, where I reconfirmed how lucky he was to marry a Dooley.One Dooley took care of him in college ,now another Dooley took care of him for the rest of his life. To know Mike was to Love him. He brightened up the room where ever he went and will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him . All honor and glory to his name. In Hoc brother,
Patrick O Dooley
March 10, 2010
Mike and I were In the same Sigma Chi pledge class at OU and his warm smile and great personality will be greatly missed. All Honor to his name. Bob & Connie Reilly (Okemah, Ok)
March 10, 2010
I always thought of Mike as one of the "really good guys"I'm shocked and saddened to hear of hjs passing.Knowing Mike,I'm sure he had a "full life"
Fellow pledge(albeit a poor one) of the class of '65,Fellow Sigma Chi,Fellow Dentist Terry J. schreiner DDS
March 10, 2010
What a great Brother and friend Mike was/is! Our years together at 558 S. University Blvd, living in the Sigma Chi Fraternity house, will be some of my fondess. Whether seeing Ike & Tina, going to Madri Gras or piling into a car to spend the week skiing colorado will be fond memories never forgotten!

March 10, 2010
March 10, 2010
It was an honor to have known Mike and to have him as a fraternity brother at OU. All Honor To His Name.
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