On Friday, June 21, 2013, Mike Rasmussen, 61, was fatally injured on Highway 20 in Ashton.
Michael Lynn Rasmussen was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Payson, Utah, to Oran Kay and Ila Jeanne Rasmussen. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel and Aaron Rasmussen; and in 1989, his son, Michael Reynolds.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Rasmussen; a daughter, Amanda England of Hailey, Idaho; three children from a previous marriage, Daniel Rasmussen and Shayla Rasmussen, both of Seattle, and Jennifer Likeness of Inkom, Idaho; grandchildren Ethan, Brittney, Braden and Zak, all of Inkom; brother John Kay (Karen) Rasmussen of Preston; and sister Sally (Jack) Fangsrud of Battleground, Wash.
Mike grew up in Island Park, where he spent his youth among extended family from Utah and Montana. He graduated in 1970 from North Fremont High School, where he played lead trumpet in the high school band. His love of the trumpet and motorcycles continued throughout his life. He supported his love of his Honda 50 by his work in various areas in Island Park. He became extremely skilled at everything he touched.
In 1986, Mike met the love of his life and soulmate, Carol Reynolds, at a 4th of July picnic at Snake River Cove. It was the beginning of a life-long friendship and never-ending love affair. They married Oct. 18, 1986, and began their life together in a home west of Ashton. Mike loved and helped Carol's children, Michael and Amanda.
In April 1987, Performance Sports, Inc., was created, a goal accomplished, and a lifetime dream manifested in success. Mike was a well-respected Polaris dealer whose ethics and honesty were never questioned. Performance Sports was supported from the Montana border to Salt Lake City. Mike's reputation as a diagnostic expert in small motors was unparalleled. He was featured in SnowWest magazine as a high mountain snowmobile set-up expert.
They continued in business for 22 years until they decided to sell in 2008. In true Rasmussen style, sitting still did not work, so he built a shop and started a new passion of restoring various types of motor vehicles. His talent for what he loved is evident in all of his work. He documented his projects with detailed notes, trailing from his kitchen to his shop.
After retirement, Mike tenderly loved and cared for his wife, Carol; his dog, Bella; and his home. Mike loved his children and was very proud of their accomplishments. He attended the debates of his grandson, Ethan, in Rexburg; helped his grandson, Braden, catch his first trout; and loved his beautiful granddaughter, Brittney, and his little buddy, Zak.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Ashton Community United Methodist Church, 178 S. Fifth St., with Pastor Rich Laux officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Today at Baxter Funeral Home in Ashton and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday before services at the church.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.baxterfh.com.