Everett Michael "Mike" House (1950 - 2018)

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Everett Michael House passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at home due to complications from cancer. Michael was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was 67 years old.
During his early years Michael lived in Seward, Alaska, and attended William H. Seward Elementary School and Seward High School. He was in Seward during the 1964 Earthquake. In 1965, the family moved to Anchorage, Alaska and he attended West Anchorage High School, from which he graduated in 1968. He attended Shelton Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. At an early age he commercial fished near the shores of Kodiak Island and later worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a protection aide out of Cordova, Glenallen and the Aleutian Islands. He later attended Community College in Anchorage in a firefighter training program. He was hired by the Anchorage Fire Department as a firefighter and rose through the ranks to the level of Captain. He became the Captain of Rescue 4 at Station 4 off of Tudor Road. Rescue 4 is the only staffed and dedicated heavy rescue unit in the Anchorage area. This is very specialized apparatus and its crew provided specialized equipment and knowledge for vehicle accidents, industrial accident entrapment, water and mud rescues, and firefighter rescue if one of their own becomes entrapped. They specialize in Heavy Rescue, Water Rescue and High Angle Rescue. Michael loved firefighting and rescue. After a fire he remarked to a fellow firefighter that "these were shining times." It was said he was a great firefighter and always had your back in a fire. He enjoyed being in the brotherhood of firefighters and made many lifelong friends. Later in life, he worked for Chugach Powder Guides as a helicopter ski guide. He also took time to become involved with the local Girdwood Fire Department and mentored many new firefighters, passing on the skills and experiences he gained over the years as a firefighter. His passions in life were skiing, sailing, martial arts and reading. He loved the outdoors and animals.
He is preceded in death by his dad, Everett House; mother, Marion House; and his sister, Judith Carolyn Hicks.
He is survived by his sister, Joanne Dillon of Parsons, Kan.; and brother, Don House of Kettle Falls, Wash.; as well as many nephews and nieces and their respective families. He is also survived by his beloved nephew, Bearyn Luey of Girdwood, Alaska. Michael very much enjoyed spending time with his nephew Bearyn.
There will be a memorial potluck for friends and family of Michael on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, at Challenge Alaska, 426 Crystal Mountain Road in Girdwood, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2018
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