I knew Mike from grade school, junior high, high school, and college. He was a funny and irreverent friend. I remember him in grade school as a bit shy but easy to talk to.
We went to homecoming together and I remember him bringing 'this is Spinal Tap' for us to watch at a friend's after the event was over. We also went to my first 'adult' science talk in downtown Seattle together, a Richard Leakey presentation about 'Lucy'. It was exciting and sophisticated. Mike was naturally smart so I always felt a bit smarter being around him.
I spent time with him again when i transferred to Evergreen. He lived in a big house in Olympia with other band mates and was extremely cool. He would occasionally invite me to house shows and I remember he was always friendly and inclusive. We stayed up all night on my 21st birthday and watched the sun rise. I joked that if I didn't meet anyone by the time I was 30 I would marry him. He was such a good guy. After college we lost touch but I figured he would do something unique with his life that satisfied his soul.
My deepest condolences to his wife, children, family and friends. I will remember him fondly until the end of my days.