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Michael Treshow VI
July 14 1926- Oct 16, 2012
A life well lived
Mike was born in Copenhagen, Denmark to Else and Michael Treshow V. His family moved to Southern California when he was four years old. Mike was born with a love of the sea and grew up surfing and sailing in Southern California. He attended public school, joined the Navy shortly after high school and served valiantly during World War II. After serving in the Navy, Mike received a bachelor's degree from UCLA and earned a PhD in Biology from UC Davis. Mike married Valora Prentice 1951 and together they moved to Utah in 1953 where Mike became an air pollution consultant for US Steel. He also taught classes concerning air pollution at BYU. Mike joined the faculty at the University of Utah in 1958, where he was a much loved and highly regarded professor of botany for 35 years. For years he was the keeper of Red Butte canyon's ecological research station, and oversaw research there. Mike's internationally recognized studies of gaseous pollutants were integral to the discovery and identification of acid rain and the early discovery of the depletion of the ozone layer. Mike loved the outdoors, and believed skiing the Wasatch was second only to surfing in the Pacific. Mike spent all of his free time up the canyons near Salt Lake, and authored texts about the flora there. He was an avid member and past president of the Wasatch Mountain Club. Mike opened one of the first retail establishments on Snowbird's plaza, the Timberhaus, which expanded to Park City and Vail. His greatest pleasure was skiing, hiking and boating with his children. Mike was an avid Boy Scout, and was awarded the Silver Beaver for his leadership in Scouting. Mike married Marilyn Tueller in 1980 and helped raise her two young children, teaching them to ski and sail, sharing his love for adventure and the outdoors. In the summer of 1992 Mike married Jean Frances. Mike travelled the world, enjoyed tennis, played bridge and lived in retirement with Jean.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved baby daughter Kaaren, his son Paul and second wife, Marilyn Treshow. He is survived by his adoring wife Jean Frances Treshow, his brother Kenneth Treshow, and his children Michael Treshow VII, Nathan Tueller, Annie Tueller Payne and Jean's four surviving children. Other survivors include his grandson Anthony Paul Treshow, and nearly 30 stepchildren and step-grandchildren who love him and call him "Farfar".
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mike Treshow's name to the Utah Road Home.
An open celebration of Mike's life for all those who loved him will be held on November 10th at the Unitarian Church on 569 S. 1300 E. at 11:00 a.m. Details of the celebration will be posted at garnerfuneral.com. Condolences may be sent to garnerfuneral.com.

Published in Deseret News from Oct. 20 to Oct. 21, 2012
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