Ryan, Michael Scott
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54, died on November 16th in a tragic accident at the sand dunes of California. A third generation farmer and Arizona native, Mike was born to Bob and Audrey Ryan on September 24, 1958. After graduating from Chandler High School in 1977 he joined his father full time in the family agricultural operations. On March 14, 1998 Mike married Dianne Spruit and was blessed with a family that included her two daughters and one son. When they added their two sons to the family, Mike vowed to be the best father he could to all five of those children and he fulfilled that promise. Mike was a big man whose presence and personality filled a room and he had an even bigger heart. Michael is survived by his wife, Dianne, sons Jacob and Austin, stepdaughters Jacoba Cook (Matt), Adrianne Burton (Brian), stepson Matthew Nissen, grandchildren, Chandler and Justin Cook, Ryker, Ayden, and Garrett Burton, brothers Bill (Sharon) and Phil (Lori), his aunt, Nancy Ryan Jerdee, and many beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Robert David Ryan, Jr. and his parents Robert, Sr. and Audrey Ryan. Memorial service will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 230 W. Galveston St., Chandler, 85225 at 10:00 a.m. on November 28, 2012. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to a memorial trust fund in the names of Jacob and Austin Ryan in care of Dianne Ryan, P.O. Box 13320, Chandler, AZ 85248. Bueler Chandler Mortuary
Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 22 to Nov. 25, 2012