Patrick Mikel (Mike) Welch Mike was born June 18, 1940 in Tulare to Thomas and Gracie Welch. He grew up in Tulare and attended Enterprise School. Mike worked for the Yokohl Valley Cattle Company until his retirement in 1996. Mike had a special love for his wife, his family and his friends. He had a passion for mentoring and encouraging others who were striving to recover from addiction. Mike was a committed member of Sierra Baptist Church of Visalia. Mike's faith in Jesus became sight on Wednesday, January 2 at the age of 72. He was preceded in death by 6 of his siblings and by his daughter, Joye. Mike is survived by his wife Blanche of Exeter; his daughter Kim Lambert of Exeter, his sister Thelma Wren of Tulare: his grandchildren Jennifer, Eric, Justin, Breezy, and by his 8 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Sierra Baptist Church of Visalia on Thursday, January 10, at 11:00 AM. Arrangements by Smith Family Chapel, Exeter, CA. Online Condolences may be sent to; www.smithfamilychapel.com
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 8, 2013