(Shortcut) Michael Shawn Gorman (Shortcut), 71, of Camano Island,WA passed away peacefully in the presence of his loved ones on December 21, 2013. Mike was born in Yakima, Washington on April 10, 1942. He graduated from Granger High School in 1960 and continued on to Bates Technical College; later Mike earned an Associates of Arts Degree from Everett Community College. Mike enlisted in the Navy in 1962 and served three years active duty as a Machinist Mate during the Southeast Asia conflict. Mike married Mary Kathryn (Kay) Beyeler on August 22, 1962 and they were married 49 years during which time they exemplified "for better or for worse". Mike was a heavy equipment mechanic for many years and worked for various construction companies before going to work for the State of Washington in 1972 and retiring from the University of Washington in 2000. Mike also served as a Navy reservist for 17 years and retired from the Navy in 1995. Mike enjoyed numerous hobbies including hunting, crabbing, building and showing street rods, on and off road motorcycle riding, traveling, "snow-birding" in Arizona and fixing anything that needed fixing. He volunteered for the Camano Water Department for many years as well. Mike is survived by his loving wife, best friend and favorite dabate partner, Kay; children, Monica Gorman (Scot Barton) and Michelle (Todd) Tiffany; as well as the three grandchildren he adored, Tasha Del Pozo, Carston and Cayden Hayes; sister, Diana (Richard) Parker of Yakima, Washington; numerous nieces, nephews and close friends in Washington and Arizona. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Robert (Merle) and June Gorman. A memorial celebration of Mike's life will be held Saturday, January 11th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Leatherheads Public House in Stanwood. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence Regional Cancer Partnership. Our family would like to thank the medical staff at Providence Hospital for the kind and respectful care he received. Arrangements under direction of Gilbertson Funeral Home.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Dec. 29 to Dec. 31, 2013