Michael John Mills Of Alexandria, VA, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at the age of 42. Michael is survived by his wife Kristine and sons Gabriel, age 11 and Zachary, age 9. Michael was a loving husband, father and friend to all he met. Michael was born and raised in Vaughn, WA, attending Peninsula High School, the University of Washington and received his Ph.D from Northwestern University. We worked at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. and then continued his career with the Mitre Corporation. Michael was a lifetime outdoorsman, enjoying swimming, hiking, camping and biking. He was involved with the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, the Lincolnia Park Civic Assoc-iation and the Lincolnia Park Recreation Club. He was a Life Scout and was very active with his sons in the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed working with his sons on their new hobby of amateur rockets. Michael is also survived by his parents, Judy and Don Mills; brothers Matthew (Lisa) and Martin (Robin); nephews Kelson and Sawyer; nieces Mackenzie, Ruby and Bailey; Aunts Jane Glundberg (Bruce) and Lynn Mills; cousins Blake (Janna, son Loki) and Melissa Dixon (Brian)in Washington and in-laws Jackie and Dan Fromm; sister- in-law Rochelle McLetchie, niece Larissa and nephew Patrick in Michigan. A private gathering will be held for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made: by sending donations to an educational fund for Gabriel and Zachary to: Grandparents, Judy and Don Mills, P.O. Box 65, Vaughn, WA 98394 or to The American Heart Assoc-iation, 1142 Broadway, Suite 120, Tacoma, WA 98402. -See more at: http://www.fairfaxmemorialfuneralhome.com
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Sept. 25, 2013