I'm incredibly saddened by the recent news of Mike's passing; my most heartfelt condolences to you, Pat and the rest of Mike's family.
I am immensely grateful and fortunate for having Mike in my life, and after 35 years can easily say he had a tremendous, positive impact. Mike you will be missed.
I met Mike in 1977 as a freshman at UofA that desperately wanted to dive, but couldn't afford it. He had me cleaning tanks and fixing regulators and so on; diving every other week or so for what ended up to be an incredible four years. How lucky could a kid be, and how much more generous could anyone have been as Mike was? Under Mike I ended up becoming a NAUI instructor along with four other great guys; teaching at the U and the Country Club. For four years I had a mentor, teacher, legend, older brother, Dutch uncle, drill sergeant, tormentor and above all, great friend. What the heck he ever saw in me I still don't quite know. But I saw all those things in Mike and more.
I'm was an East Coast guy until just a few years ago; I saw Mike a couple of times including two years ago when I came to Tucson and went to San Carlos. My 2010 Christmas present from Mike was a day on El Duque for just my family; a family memory we will cherish forever. On that day I took my 12 year old daughter for her first open water dive. She was a mere five years younger than I was when I first hit the water with Mike. We are, I'm sure one of countless legacies Mike left on the world...
Thanks Mike, for so many things.