Michael Allen Brandt
Michael Allen Brandt, 50 of Tulalip, WA, passed away on April 29, 2013. He was born on July 14, 1962 in Burien, WA. He was the son of Leah Ann and Rusty
Bowen, and lived in Tulalip.
Michael is survived by his loving wife, Julie Brandt, and his three children, Elisha, Richie, and Monique.
After high school Michael moved to Sun Valley and worked as a Chef in the Lead Dining Room at the
famous Elk Horn Lodge. He was an avid skier. He not only enjoyed the skiing, but the excellent food, and occasionally, a celebrity he might just bump into. This experience made him an outstanding Chef in his own right.
Michael enlisted in the Marine Corp and was stationed in San Diego, California 1984, Platoon 1127. He was then sent to Okinawa in charge of the Motor Pool. He reenlisted in 1987 and was eventually sent to Quantico, Virginia for Marine Security Guard training, after which time he was
stationed in Chad, Africa as a Marine Security Guard at the American Embassy. His next duty was at the American Embassy in Oslo, Norway as a Marine Security Guard. After his duty there he chose to go to Mountain Warfare Training Center based in Topaz Lake, California, next to Lake Tahoe, until his Honorary Discharge at the end of 10 years
Service. He then returned to the Pacific NW, attended college and became a very successful Broker. He initially worked for Associated Financial Consultants in Everett, then moved on to AG Edwards of Edmonds.
Michael married Julie Ann Vinall on October 06, 2003; they eloped, very much in love, in Reno, NV.
He leaves his three children, Elisha, Richie and Monique; four grandchildren, Olivia, Alissa, Kaylee and Hayden; his sisters,
Michelle Clark, Rebecca Goodwin of Idaho, Cathy Hes and Carolyn Lovett, both of California; parents, Leah Ann and Rusty Bowen of Oak Harbor; and several close cousins and family.
He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Brandt; and his daughter,
He also spent a considerable amount of time giving back to his community.
Michael was very involved with the YMCA for several years, in many facets, including being part of the Board in the 90s. He also had a passion for Theatre. He belonged to the NW Savoyards and performed in a number of plays. He had Lead or leading roles in the Pirates of Penzance and Guys & Dolls, in which he played Guy Masterson; also, Gilbert & Sullivan Society Ruddigore. He also thoroughly enjoyed hang gliding, motorcycles (specifically Harleys), rock climbing and hiking. He truly enjoyed the outdoors. He climbed the Enchantments with his father. He also returned
to Africa where he accomplished climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. He also enjoyed bicycling, and loved to dance with his wife. In his down time there was nothing he liked more than simply cuddling and watching a good movie in his last years.
Visitation at Solie Funeral Home will be on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Also Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2013 at Solie Funeral Home, 3301 Colby Ave, Everett. Graveside Service to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Following services, there will be a celebration of Michael's life at Four Springs House and Lake Preserve - Camano Island.
Pall bearers are Rick Lapinski, Bob Vinall, Malaki Seanoa, Rick Benton, Joe Carolus, Jeff Carolus and his son, Richie.
He will be so deeply missed by his entire family and friends. He was a GREAT man!! And a DEVOTED
LOVING HUSBAND. He has gone home to be with the Lord. May we all find comfort in knowing he is at PEACE.