Michael Howard

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Michael C. Howard, formerly of Juneau, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2011 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was 64 years old. Mike, or as he was known to many, Howard or Mr. Howard, worked for the State of Alaska Department of Labor in many positions, eventually retiring as an Administrative Law Judge in 1999. Prior to moving to Juneau, Mike served in the United States Army, including a combat tour in Vietnam from 1970 – 1971. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

Mike had a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. He earned his Masters of Fine Arts in English from Oklahoma State University. He began his martial arts training at Juneau's Korean Karate Academy on April 1, 1984. In his 27 years in the martial arts he taught many students and earned the rank of Third Degree Black Belt. He was the club's resident expert on martial arts weapons and forms. And many of his sparring opponents can attest to the accuracy and sting of his left hook. Mike also performed with the Perseverance Theater. He was passionate about Harley Davidson Motorcycles and his Canary Yellow Mustang "Tweety." Mike will be most remembered for his generosity, compassion and the love he had for his family and friends.

Mike is survived by his father, Colonel (ret.) Charles E. Howard, his brother Mark Howard, his daughter Dr. Amanda R. Howard, his nephew Travis Bartlett-Howard, his sister-in-law Barbara "Bret" Howard, and his former spouse Eileen Mustain. No funeral services are planned. However, later this summer, his daughter plans to hold a memorial service in Juneau. If you are interested in receiving information about the memorial service, please email Dr. Amanda Howard at [email protected]">[email protected]">[email protected]">[email protected].
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 14 to Apr. 21, 2011