John H. "Jack" MICHAELS
Jack Michaels was born April 21, 1944 to Ray and Louise Hoover in Watford City, ND. He passed away peacefully Friday, November 16, 2012. As a young boy, Jack moved to Seattle, where he grew to love the mountains and forests of the NW, and in particular his work with the Boy Scouts at Camp Parsons. Jack graduated from the University of Washington
, and shortly thereafter served his country as an Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. During his second tour of duty, he sustained a serious injury, and, thereafter began a lifetime of service advocating for people with disabilities; he helped found and lead local organizations serving veterans and those with disabilities. He served as chairman of the Governor's Committee on Disability and Employment Issues, and National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America. In recent years, Jack helped prepare meals at the St. James Cathedral Kitchen, and led a Sister Parish relationship with people in El Salvador. Jack's life was a quiet testimony to service. Always wearing a gentle smile, he reached out to people who were struggling, and who needed a courageous voice to support them. Jack is survived by his loving wife Rosanne, brother Harvey Hoover, brother-in-law Roger Hrdlicka, numerous nieces, nephews, and their children.
Funeral Mass Friday, November 30 at 11:00 am, St. Francis of Assisi Church in Burien. Vigil service Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm, St. Francis of Assisi Church. Memorial contributions to NW Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America, Burien, or St Francis of Assisi Sister Parish fund.