Michael Kevin "Mike" Kelley
1959 - 2020
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Michael 'Mike' Kevin Kelley
Feb. 25, 1959 - Oct. 11, 2020
The world lost a one-of-a-kind, brilliant, funny, loving, competitive and generous man Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. Michael "Mike" Kevin Kelley passed away after a heroic 22-month battle with advanced cancer. His favorite movie was "It's a Wonderful Life," and those who love him saw many parallels between Mike and Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey.
He was born Feb. 25, 1959, the cherished youngest child of Dick and Darlene Kelley's four children. He grew up in Spokane, Wash., and graduated from Gonzaga Prep in 1977. He received his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Carroll College in Montana in 1981. At Carroll he was student body president, a four-year starter and leading scorer on the Saints basketball team, and a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He was inducted into the Carroll College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992. After college Mike attended Notre Dame Law School, earning his J.D. in 1984.
At Notre Dame Mike met his lifelong love and partner, Laurie Cuffe, when they both worked as graduate assistants in ND's athletic department. He held three jobs simultaneously while attending law school full time. He was self-made and understood the value of hard work – an experience that shaped him, as later in life he helped others who struggled. After graduation, Mike moved to Portland to practice law at Lindsay Hart Neil and Weigler. Laurie went back home to Tampa, Fla., to start her career with Arthur Andersen Consulting. Before long, Laurie requested and was granted a transfer to Portland. By fall 1984, Laurie was working for Andersen in Portland – fortuitously – in the same building as Mike's law firm.
Mike and Laurie were married in 1985 and spent the next 35 years together building a wonderful life, filled with many new friends and a growing family that eventually would include four of the most amazing children ever – Ross, Erin, Catherine and Caroline. Adding to Mike's joy came son-in-law, Alex Hortsch in 2016, twin granddaughters, Hattie and Eloise in 2018 and baby Olive Hortsch in 2020. Mike was looking forward to celebrating Ross's wedding to Katie Craven this year and welcoming back Catherine's boyfriend Manus John Burns, who is serving our country overseas in the Oregon Army National Guard. Mike was incredibly proud of how close knit his family is. Three of his and Laurie's four adult children live on the same block in Southwest Portland.
Though Mike was not a fan of talking about work, he had a stellar legal career. Mike left Lindsay Hart in 1988 to help found a law firm that eventually would bear his name, Haglund Kelley LLP. During more than three decades, Mike was an outstanding trial lawyer who was repeatedly recognized as one of Oregon's Super Lawyers. In 2003, he was one of two lawyers who earned the largest antitrust verdict in the history of the Pacific Northwest, a $79 million verdict against Weyerhaeuser. State attorneys general in Washington and Oregon deputized Mike as a special assistant attorney several times. In these major cases, Mike helped achieve the largest oil spill settlement in Washington history and two of the largest antitrust recoveries for Oregonians in two complex price-fixing cases. A key contributor to these results was Mike's one-of-a-kind sense of strategy in settlement negotiations.
Despite a demanding career and busy family, Mike always made time for others. He chaired the boards of Jesuit High School and De La Salle North Catholic and served on the board of Lifeworks NW. He helped start the Jesuit High School Foundation Board, serving for a dozen years. He was always available to help others in need. Daughter Erin recalled a time when she and Mike went into a Subway store, and the man working there exclaimed, "I know what you did! Thank you!" When they got to the car, Erin asked Mike to explain. Mike had learned the man was unable to pay the fees required for his son to play soccer, so he quietly took care of it. In recent days, more of these stories of quiet service to others have emerged.
His greatest love was his family, and he was closely involved in his children's lives. Mike coached more than 30 sports teams for his children over the years – basketball, soccer, baseball and T-ball. He rarely missed any of his children's athletic competitions, dance recitals, speech tournaments or plays. He loved driving the kids to school, playing games, getting to know their friends and advising them on life. He had a soft spot for Christmas, babies and anyone who needed support, especially children.
His sense of humor and timing were well known. Friends and relatives spent many evenings of hospitality, laughter and fun in the Kelley home, where no one's glass was ever empty.
Mike is survived by his wife of 35 years, Laurie Cuffe Kelley; their children and greatest gifts, Ross (Katie Craven), Erin (Alex Hortsch), Catherine (Manus John Burns) and Caroline; as well as granddaughters, Eloise, Harriet and Olive Hortsch; sisters, Gay Hart (Bob Scanlan) and Colleen O'Kelley; and 20 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Darlene and Dick Kelley; brother, Bob Kelley; and nephew, Reid Hart.
Our family would like to thank the amazing team at Providence Cancer Institute for their care during the past 22 months. Special thanks go to his incredible doctor and researcher, Dr. Rom Leidner, as well as Drs. Marka Crittenden, Walter Urba, Bryan Bell, Eric Tran, and Brian Piening. We are indebted to the teams on the 11th floor of the Franz Cancer Center, as well as the nurses, CNAs and other caregivers on 7N. Thank you – we will never forget the way you cared for Mike and our family.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private, invitation-only service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Mass and remembrances can be viewed on YouTube at: https://tinyurl.com/MikeKelleyService
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Providence Cancer Institute, Jesuit High School Tuition Assistance Fund, De La Salle North Catholic Basketball Program or Carroll College. Links to all of these can be found at
https://providencefoundations.org/in-memory-of-mike-kelley/
The Kelley family hopes others will be inspired by Mike's generosity and kindness. Mike would have brushed aside these accolades. But like George Bailey at the end of the movie, Mike understood that a person's true wealth was the love and respect of others. To his wife, kids, family, friends and colleagues, Mike Kelley truly was the richest man in town.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published in The Oregonian from Oct. 15 to Oct. 18, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
OCT
17
Service
01:30 PM
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by The Family
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41 entries
October 22, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Kelley family for your loss. My thoughts are with your family.
Amber Morrison
Friend
October 21, 2020
I'm very sorry for your loss, and I'm praying the Kelley family.
Austin Neff
Acquaintance
October 21, 2020
Though I never met Mike, I wish I had. It is people like Mike that make our nation special. Mike gave of himself never asking for anything in return. He is a role model for us all. May God bless Mike and his family.
Kirk Mandlin
Acquaintance
October 20, 2020
Words seem inadequate in expressing our deep sorrow with Mike's death. He was a generous and loving person. He will be missed. We wish you peace and comfort as you grieve and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Carr and Jim Boehnlein and family
Mary Carr and Jim Boehnlein
Friend
October 20, 2020
My condolences to all of Mike’s family. I had the pleasure of meeting Mike at Carroll College. I was a couple of years ahead of Mike. My first encounter with Mike was at the PE Center. I was shooting baskets and the only one in the gym when Mike came in. We introduced each other, shot around for a bit and then Mike asked me if I would like to play a game of one-on-one. Always looking for a little competition I gladly agreed. I was not nearly as talented a round baller as Mike so needless to say the game was very one sided. I don’t ever remember seeing someone with quicker hands; every time I put the ball on the floor Mike was there to take it away. While we did not become close we did maintain a friendly, casual relationship for the next couple of years. I really enjoyed watching Mike play ball, so smooth and boy could he shoot! I was sad to learn of his illness a while back when another fellow CC grad and close friend of Mike’s, Steve Doran told me of his cancer. I was not surprised to learn of all Mike’s accomplishments most importantly of which was his family. Rest in Peace.
Pat Prendergast
Friend
October 20, 2020
Mike was a great lawyer and an even better man, father and husband. Farewell my friend.
Thomas McDermott
Friend
October 19, 2020
Laurie, we are truly saddened by your family's loss...While we haven't been in close touch for many years, we know how close you, Mike and all of yours were. The love is evident in every post. We send your our best thoughts, prayers and wishes to you in hopes of helping to sustain you all through this loss...
Doug Tunnell/Melissa Mills
Acquaintance
October 18, 2020
Hello to the whole Kelley Family,
I was so saddened to hear about Michael's passing. I have known the family since 1st grade at St. Charles when Gay and I met and became dear friends (and still are). Michael and my sister, Mary Theresa, went to school together, and he even took her to her senior prom. Over the years, I would hear about Michael from Gay.
But, as I listened to the service today, it was so touching to hear about what a fine man, husband and father he became. What a loss for everyone! I am thinking of you all, and holding you in my heart and prayers.
Toni Pieroni
Friend
October 18, 2020
I was honored to serve on the Board of Trustees with Mike at De La Salle North Catholic. He guided the school through some incredible challenges with inspiration and confidence. Mike made incredible contributions that kept our school moving forward. My prayers to Laurie and the family and may the grace of God's healing presence be with you all in the days ahead.

Robert Jordan
Napa, CA
Robert Jordan
October 18, 2020
Our family was so sad to hear about the passing of Mike.... such a wonderful man!
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you . With love, Kim, Guy, John, James, Andrew and Kate Randles.
Kim
Friend
October 18, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing. I just watched his memorial & I see how rich a life he's lived beyond his life in Spokane; I am not surprised, of course! It is so sad to hear that such a wonderful person has been taken... Ross, his son, exemplified Michael! He was gracious enough to be my escort to my Sr Prom, an AlL Girl HS! I'm sure he wasn't thrilled to say "yes" but I was blessed to have that experience. Today, I work as a Dietitian in Oncology; if I knew he was struggling or in his last days I so wished to say thank-you & good-bye! I always assumed there would be a chance to tell him! You are ALL in my thoughts & prayers!
Mary Theresa (Pieroni) Dugas
Classmate
October 18, 2020
Thank you so much for sharing the service on You Tube. It meant a lot to me to see how Michael's life unfolded. I went to St. Charles School with Michael from grades 1-8. His smiling face is a strong part of my school memories. I live and have taught the last 30 years in Petersburg, AK, but my 10 brothers and sisters still live in Spokane as well as my 93 year old mom, Elaine O'Connor. I will share Michael's story with them. What a "Wonderful Life" he lead and an inspiration to me. Hold your memories close. He will always be with you.
Kelly O'Connor
Classmate
October 17, 2020
What a beautiful tribute and recognition of a meaningful life!! Thinking of you and your family, Laurie, and sending peace and love.
Katie Rohrer
October 17, 2020
Laurie,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time.
Don & Kathy Lemmon
Coworker
October 17, 2020
To Laurie, we celebrate with you the wonderful life Mike enjoyed and helped to make better for so many. Please be assured of our love and support.
Bonnie and Mark McCampbell
Coworker
October 17, 2020
Its really hard to think that uncle michael has passed, there are too many memories with him to pick out just one, the amount of joy and love he had was infectious, the way he could capture the room with his stories. You will be missed dearly. Thank you for being an amazing uncle and helping create such an amazing childhood.
Melrose♡
Onie
Family
October 17, 2020
“May the angels lead youinto Paradise; May the Martyrs receive you at your coming and lead you to the holy city of Jerusalem. May the ranks of angels receive you and, with
Lazarus, the poor man, may you have eternal rest.”

Michael Kelley
Rest in Christ’s peace
Father David Tyson, C.S.C.
October 17, 2020
Laurie and family,

I am so shocked and sorry to hear about Mike and his passing. You are in my prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed Rest In Peace. Amen.
Rian Gorey
Friend
October 17, 2020
I have so many fond memories of hooping with Mike and Ross at the Rosenbaum house. You learn a lot about people by how they compete- Mike was a good teammate, supportive, humble despite his obvious talent, and above all fun to play with- and his pride in coaching Ross was always evident. I never met the rest of the family but feeling all of your loss. May his memory be a blessing.
Eric Suhler
Acquaintance
October 16, 2020
May you find comfort in his memory during this very difficult time.
Michaela Beth Phetteplace Schmidbaurr
Family
October 16, 2020
Sincere condolences to the Kelly family over your devastating loss. Didn’t know Mike past graduation from Gonzaga back in ‘77 though our paths must have come close with my family connected both to Providence and De La Salle in Portland. Mike never had a negative comment about anything over the years we spent growing up in Spokane. I remember mike as a competitive athlete and loyal student and friend. Class of ‘77 Is forever united over our brotherhood and through our Jesuit upbringing. Prayers to Laurie and your family. Father of all, we pray to you for Mike and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Michael Dziak
Classmate
October 16, 2020
The Gram family will miss Mike terrible. He always had a kind smile and willing ear; inclusively asking about Pat, Andy and Anne as well as Chris. Mike was so loyal to Notre Dame, it was difficult for him to acknowledge Oregon. Finally an invite to him and Ross from Chris and I got him to Autzen. After about 30 minutes, he looked at me with his smile and said "you're right, this is the real deal!"
Mike, you were the real deal.
Mark Gram
Friend
October 16, 2020
What a wonderful life...you will be sorely missed and never forgotten. You have left a legacy of kindness, love and accomplishment, and a family that will carry those forward.
Peggy McClendon
Friend
October 16, 2020
There are no words. He always made us laugh is so true. I was lucky to be able to know and work with him and appreciated his never ending support of family and friendship. He will be missed for sure by so many.
Lisa Ross
Coworker
October 16, 2020
Dear Laurie,

Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. It is a blessing to know that you will see Mike again, when all tears will truly be wiped away. May God bless you, may Our Blessed Mother enfold you and may St. Michael grant you the protection you need most. In Christ,
Sr Adele Marie Altenhofen
October 16, 2020
Stellar even in high school at Gonzaga Prep!! A mentor for us all!! So sorry for the loss of one of the best!!
Teri Etter
Classmate
October 16, 2020
I feared him on the basketball court, but loved him as a friend. Our family always looked forward to spending time with the Kelley family because we knew it was going to be a fun time with Mike in the mix. If the ultimate goal in life is love and respect from your family and friends, then Mike Kelley, you aced the test.
Neil & Linda Grubb Family
Friend
October 16, 2020
I worked with Laurie for many years. Jackie and I became good friends. We send virtual hugs to Laurie and the children. Mike was an extraordinary husband and father!!!
John & Jackie Goldrick
Friend
October 16, 2020
I worked with Mike for over 30 years at Lindsay Hart and Haglund Kelley. He was always the person to bring laughter to us and and be our rock if we needed anything. I'll miss this "one of a kind man". Love Jet
Jeanette Bostwick
Coworker
October 16, 2020
Mike always had time for a driveway visit and always inquired about our family. One could not ask for a better neighbor. My daughter Meg once came home from her daily visits to the Kelley home and declared that "Mike was wearing pants." She had never seen him in anything but shorts. This casual, but serious, man was a great friend and mentor to her and the many other kids who are lucky enough to be part of the Kelley family.
Jim Huffman
Neighbor
October 16, 2020
Mike was an inspiration to so many. What a wonderful man, he will be missed. Our loving thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
Betty Alvarez & Eddie Garcia
Acquaintance
October 16, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family for your loss. This from the entire Meyers family.
Pauline Meyers
Family
October 15, 2020
Well done Kelley, well done.
Judy Malone
Coworker
October 15, 2020
Our prayers and love are with you all. Mike was a true gentleman and his quiet courage through cancer admirable like the true person he is. God bless you all. Love Mary and Tom Willis and Family
October 15, 2020
Please know of my prayers as well as those of the Congregation of Holy Cross. I will be offering Mass for Mike and lighting a candle for him and the family here at Notre Dame.
Fr. Gerry Olinger, CSC
Friend
October 15, 2020
Very sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Larry Pasetti
Friend
October 15, 2020
May he Fly in Joy! He was a dear friend to me at Gonzaga Prep.
Ann (Fairhurst) McLane
Friend
October 15, 2020
He was such a joy to yo work with, made me smile every day, he will be missed.
Donna Harworth
Coworker
October 15, 2020
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. As you face the future, we hope you find comfort in the memories you built together.
Tom and Priscilla Andres
Acquaintance
October 15, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joseph Petretee
Classmate
October 15, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Lilly Cuffe
Family
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