James Michael "Mike" Lindsey (1959 - 2015)

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5/1/1959 through 7/25/2015
James "Mike" Lindsey was born in Wichita, Kansas on May 1, 1959, to Darlene Flowers and James Trenton Lindsey. Mike passed away on July 25, 2015 surrounded by his family in Juneau, Alaska due to complications from diabetes and kidney failure. He was married on June 30, 1984, to Kari (Bienhoff) Lindsey in Snohomish, Washington. Together they have three children, Nichole Marie Benedict, Erika Darlene Lindsey and James Robert Lindsey all of Juneau, Alaska. Mike has five grandchildren: Carlie, Tristan, Nevaeh, Lexus, and James Michael "Weston" all of Juneau, Alaska. He is survived by his wife, and children, mother, Darlene Flowers, brothers, Gary (Erika) Lindsey, and Rick (Cindy) Lindsey and niece, Taylor Lindsey, and nephew, Andrew Lindsey. He was preceded in death by his father, James Lindsey, in 2012.

During his teenage years, he created a band with his brother, Gary "Cheek" Lindsey, called Airborne. Music was one of his many passions and he played the drums in his band all through high school and after high school when they signed with a management company and continued playing in small and large venues. Those years were a true highlight for him and his family.

Mike moved with his family to Juneau, Alaska in 1986 to co-own the Downtown Union 76 Station with his father. He was a downtown Rotarian and on the Little League Board of Directors for seven years. He coached baseball to just about every youth boy in Juneau between the years 1993 through 2004. He helped coach along with his daughter, Erika, a Little League softball team in 2006. Little League sports were a true passion for him and he loved the kids he coached and the roles he played in their lives. He also coached his children in soccer and basketball, along with many of their childhood friends.

In 2001 he bought a screen printing business which he named: Mike's Custom Printing. He went on to do local business with a number of companies, including state and non-state agencies in Juneau, Hoonah, Haines, Skagway and Ketchikan. He did screen printing for local sports teams, to include: Little League, JDHS, Midnight Suns (boys and girls), and TMHS.

After 2001, Mike worked for Tyler Rental and Mendenhall Auto. In 2009, he went on to purchase an embroidery and screen printing storefront property called: EmbroidMe. Due to complications from his illness, he ended up closing the shop one year later. At that time he returned to work at Mendenhall Auto, until he was declared permanently disabled.

Mike is very much missed by his family and friends. His family would like to thank the many people that helped them during this very difficult time. The community of Juneau was very gracious and came to our aid in a number of ways. A slow-pitch softball tournament was held in his honor during the summer of 2015, shortly after he passed. A Go-Fund-Me account was created by a dear friend and was so much help while the family adjusted to his loss and loss of income.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Mike a year after his passing in July 2016. Notice will be given in the Juneau Empire and all friends and family will be invited. Please come and share your stories of Mike with his family and friends. Nothing would please us more.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 8 to June 7, 2016
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