Michael Edward Pace
1950 - 2020
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Michael Edward Pace

"Sadly, June 23, 2020 we lost an Original. Michael Edward Pace was born in Everett, Washington to Hugh James Pace and Margaret Dunnigan Pace on December 3, 1950.

He leaves behind sister Sally Kavanaugh (Patrick), Hugh Pace (Linda), Susan Pace-Koch (Bill) nieces, Brooke and Allison, nephews, Tyler and Christopher, great nieces and nephews and so many treasured family members and cherished friends.

Michael, generous with

time and talent

Michael, supportive and encouraging

Michael, keeper and connector of family happenings

Michael, family reunion

go-to coordinator

Michael, advisor, consoler, listener

Michael, swimmer,

bicyclist, hiker, explorer

Michael, school and

theatre supporter

Michael, writer, director, producer of family skits

Michael, international

Ultimate player

Michael, gardener, linguist, reader, sports fan

Micheal, godfather of the neighborhood

Michael, true friend,

with an easy laugh

Michael, world's slowest eater...

Succumbed to the water in a Green Lake swimming accident.

Please remember Michael in your hearts and smile with fond memories. No formal services will be held.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 11, 2020
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July 10, 2020
At Michaels going away party, pictured with co workers Marcie, Jay and Wendy
Here is another photo. Michaels going away party, end of 1977
Karen
Karen Sheldahl
Coworker
July 10, 2020
This is such very sad news. Michael was my boss at Western Photographics Inc. in the late 70s. The retails stores throughout the city were called Jet Color Lab which he managed. I was one of many Jet girls and there were a few guys too. Wendy, Janet, Joanie, Marcie, Gayle, Debbie, Dave, Lance, Jay another manager, to name a few. He left in late 77 to go to Brazil. The summer of 78 several of us went to Joanies cabin where I got a great shot of him catching a frisbee which Ill post. He took me to a play downtown which I enjoyed, Michael was so fun, always laughing. RIP friend. Karen Pedersen Sheldahl
Karen (Pedersen)Sheldahl
Coworker
July 9, 2020
I met Michael in Bolivia at our mutual friends, Norma and Arams wedding. His spirit of adventure, curiosity, and delight in engaging with people stood out. For the past few summers, when our friends and their children, Diego and Alina, visited Seattle, Michaels home was their base. As we walked together to Green Lake, he let the kids determine his pace and agenda. The world is poorer for his loss. What a lovely man.
Mindy Stern
Acquaintance
July 9, 2020
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Mindy Stern
July 8, 2020
Michael was my mentor who guided me into income oriented investments with his professional expertise. I will always remember his generosity.

Wen-Liang Huang, CFP
WEN-LIANG HUANG
Acquaintance
July 8, 2020
RIP Michael,
You will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all that were fortunate enough to have made your acquaintance.
Gazza.
On behalf of NZ Ultimate.
Gary Jarvis
Friend
July 7, 2020
I was a colleague and friend of Michael's, shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. We last saw each other in Austin, TX, and there as always, Michael was so full of life and mischief it's hard to believe he's no longer with us. I'm not surprised to see family and so many friends with fond remembrances, and I wish you all comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Michelle Fait
Friend
July 7, 2020
We were heartbroken to hear of Michaels sudden passing. We met him in our little Mexican town of La Manzanilla and looked forward to reconnecting with him every year. We took Spanish lessons together, shared many laughs over dinner at Lora Lokas and always enjoyed his knowledge and quiet humour. He was a kind supporter of our education foundation for local students and always made an effort to converse with the locals. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family. He will be sadly missed.
Joanne & Ross Kipp
Friend
July 7, 2020
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Adam M Waltzer
July 6, 2020
Sad news as I just learned of Michaels passing. We were classmates in high school and we shared many great times together. Though we drifted apart from our youth the stories and memories Ive read demonstrate the consistent character qualities I remember of Michael as a young boy. Rest In Peace my friend!
Don Ayres
Don Ayres
July 5, 2020
Michael was the keeper of the village, my partner in keeping Daniel Bagley beautiful and alive, a general soul, and a gift to all that knew him.
I still can't believe that I'll never be able to stop and talk with him ever again. You were loved by so many, Michael!
Jennifer Greenfield
Neighbor
July 5, 2020
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Aram Mardian
July 5, 2020
Its hard to know where to start. Michael was a cherished friend to our entire family and so many around the world. Our hearts are broken with the loss of Michael in our world. Michael helped us all be our best selves. Wherever he lived or traveled and with whomever he came in contact, he left the world a better place. His ability to connect with and stay in contact with friends and family around the world is an inspiration. Always curious, always kind, always learning and willing to share his knowledge to help others. Michael has inspired so many to be more healthy, more active, more generous, more honest, more open minded. We are so grateful to have had Michael in our lives and will continue to carry his spirit with us. One of the few people in this world who was truly always willing to help anyone who needed help: strangers as much as friends, family, and community. His curiosity, care for humanity, and humor allowed to him to literally be able to connect with anyone in the world from age 3 to 103. Michael you live in our hearts and we will do our best to honor your spirit and amazing life.
Aram and Norma Mardian
Friend
July 5, 2020
Interesting and interested. Kind, multi-talented, generous spirit, adventurous, fun, world traveler, family-loving, dedicated, educated, athletic, great friend and loved by family and friends and organizations he supported.
Susan
Sister
July 4, 2020
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Susan
Sister
July 4, 2020
Michael connected the dots...whether people, or needs or friends. He was a loving brother and Uncle. He always stepped up when he saw a need, without being asked. He was generous and kind with words and deeds. He had many interests and was the absolute listener. He was always curious and always 'present' in any conversation. We miss him beyond measure.
Susan
Sister
July 3, 2020
With a deep sense of gratitude and love for your friendship.
Jill McGrath
Friend
July 3, 2020
Dear Michael, you are going to leave a big hole in all of our lives. I don't think I know anyone with such a wide network of friends because he was devoted to his family and friends. I was lucky enough to meet him in 1979..I think..playing frisbee! Like many others, he taught me to throw and think about the ultimate game. And yes, I was also a roommate -- how many of us enjoyed his hospitality!! He welcomed you fully, and one you became a friend, you were friends for life. He'd help you in any way he could. I treasure that, and I'm determined to keep his spirit with me to inspire my own further kindness and generosity. And did anyone ever see Michael mad? Never. Wow! His intelligence and calm presence will be deeply missed. I was lucky to help watch his house during his big New Zealand Disc Sport adventure. I was lucky to travel to many frisbee tournaments with the Windjammers. I was lucky that he kept reaching out to me and my family. I was lucky to share a lot of laughter over the years. Like many of you, I can't believe he's really gone. Love you Michael. Wish we could talk one more time and throw the disc. Jill
Jill McGrath
Friend
July 2, 2020
Shock and sadness at learning of Michaels passing. My sympathy to his family at his loss. He greatly enjoyed relating family adventures.
I met Michael through his financial planning practice. I would walk signed papers to his office, and it seemed that he always had time to chat. Honesty, integrity, transparency, and thoroughness marked his work. His options were well researched and thoughtfully presented. All with his special humor and laugh. When I see or hear the term fiduciary responsibility, I see Michaels face.

Joe Ewing
July 2, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. You made the world a better place.
Gayle Seda
Friend
July 1, 2020
Michael was a friend, a brother, and a father all rolled into one during our forty years of friendship. He introduced me to the community that would form much of my adult life, Seattle ultimate folks. He provided a safe home during turbulent and uncertain life times while asking nothing in return, Michael quietly had my back as parenthood unfolded and presented it's challenges, he was simply always there with support and asking little in return. I saw him last in January, when he made the effort to watch my son play soccer and am so grateful for that and a lifetime of experiencing his kindness and love. Thanks you, Michael, may you find the wind at your back and the spin of the disc just right in the sweet Cascade breeze. I will miss you dearly.
Richard Menicke
Friend
July 1, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Michaels passing. My condolences to his family and friends over his loss. As the wonderful obituary says, he was an original. I have known him for close to 4o years. we bonded over our shared love of Greenlake, ultimate frisbee and lots of exercise. I spent many hours throwing the disc with him while running around the lake or in the big field with his Windjammer buddies. Many years ago I talked him into doing the one day 206 mile ride of the Seattle to Portland bike race with me. For some reason, about 3o miles in, when an elite race team came streaming by us, he made the questionable split decision to tuck in behind them and pick up the pace from our leisurely 15 MPH pace to try to hang with them. I watched him fade into the horizon and then, about an hour later, slowly started to reel him back in. With his lean body weight he bonked big time. The last 120+ miles were a slow slog. I laughed with him that I needed a bungy cord to pull him along.
he was a true friend... I will miss him
If there is any type of online memorial in the future I hope to attend
Bob Seda
Friend
July 1, 2020
I met Michael through the world of Ultimate Frisbee. When I was just out of college and needed a temporary place to live. Michael with open arms, invited me to stay in his home. He was so thoughtful and generous, loving and kind. Also very neat and tidy. I have never forgotten how he taught me to wipe down the shower. Michael was probably the only person in Seattle to never have a mold spore in his house. Michael you will be deeply missed by so many. Sending love and hugs to your family and friends.
Kati Friedman
Friend
July 1, 2020
I knew Michael back in the 90s when we the staff and Michael the neighborhood leader, worked hard to keep Bagley open. We were successful. I don't remember many brief contacts from back then but I remember him well for the many reasons in the poem about him. Beautiful. A sad time for all who were blessed to know him.
Jeani Krogstad
Acquaintance
July 1, 2020
Michael was one of the kindest, most decent and genuine people I have ever met. My whole family knew and appreciated him very much. We enjoyed his visits to Victoria, Orcas, France and the Black Forest. His house close to his beloved Green Lake was always open to us, his breakfasts legendary! The world would be a better place if there were more people like him. Rest in peace, sweet Michael!
Andrea
Friend
June 30, 2020
Michael became my dear friend in 1979. In 1980 Michael was working real estate. One day he drove me and my 7 year-old son to look at perspective homes. My son, bored, sitting in the back seat, pushed a pencil into the back of the front passenger seat, leaving a small but deep hole. Michael was very unhappy. Really who could blame him? After all it was Michael's first new car. I tried to make ammends. I bought a house from him. I bought apology dinners for years. My son was 37 when Michael bought another car! That's the kind of man he was. He found value in everything and everyone. He was a wonderful giving person who was loved deeply and will be missed by so many. My deepest sympathies to his family.
Gail Christie-Jahn
Friend
June 30, 2020
Where do I start with Michael? Michael was probably the most generous, kind and caring person that I have met. Incredibly intelligent. Always willing to share information that he had learned of whether it was financial protection or how to properly wash groceries during this pandemic. Michael just cared. Michael would talk about his family and friends from all of the world, share stories of family reunions, talk and send pictures of his travels. I will greatly, greatly miss his smile and his humor. My sincerest condolences to Michael's family and friends.
Sarah Deam
Friend
June 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thérèse, Joseph, Arnaud et pelagie
Friend
June 29, 2020
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Kat Marriner
June 29, 2020
So sad to hear about the passing of truly one of the most generous and kind hearted human beings I have ever been blessed to know. Michael was one of those type of people who would easily give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. His boundless energy for learning and his endless curiosity about both the world and the lives of the people around him always impressed me so deeply. The world truly is a better place because of Michael and his wide open heart. ❤
Lori Peterson
Friend
June 28, 2020
Michael's kind and caring heart is missed already. Twenty-two years ago, I remember Michael's advocacy for Daniel Bagley Elementary School and its grounds. He joyfully brought the neighborhood together for a work party and bbq.
He is fondly remembered all these years for his love of Seattle.
Geri Hamai
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
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Wayne and Kate Walker
June 28, 2020
Siento mucho tu partida querido Michael
Mildreth
June 28, 2020
Because Michael loved to tell and hear stories, and because his people span the globe, we hope to gather online this summer to celebrate his life. Together, we'll weave our stories, talents, memories, photos, video and more into an online memorial that truly reflects Michael's generosity, his unique combination of adventurousness and routine, his many keen interests, and his impact on us.

Please use the survey linked below to indicate your interest in participating and to share thoughts about how to best remember Michael. We will follow up once details are set. Most importantly, please share the survey link with other people who knew Michael. We will give it a couple of weeks to circulate around the world in hopes that nobody is left out.

With your help, we'll do our best to find a time, platform and format that can work well for Michael's many people, wherever they are.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JY4lL45t605WwMfAS85CwNIK9vd_ac_JIRvZICotAkQ/viewform?edit_requested=true
Adam M Waltzer
Friend
June 28, 2020
I will always remember how kind Michael was to my family and to others. He was a good friend and a inspiration as a person. I hope we all can take a lesson from his life to be better to others and enjoy life to the fullest.
Jimmie Griffith
Friend
June 28, 2020
So stunned and saddened by this news. So many fond memories of Michael, staying with him in Seattle, throwing frisbee, playing Ultimate Sjating food and conversation at both our house and his. Michael was one of the most genuine And generous human beings on the planet. We will miss him. Michael you will live on in our memories as one of the BEST.
Kate and Wayne Walker
Friend
June 28, 2020
Michael was a neighbor, colleague, and fellow Green Lake steward. Always enjoyed his insights and good humor when weeding, debating different approaches at work, and discussing current events.

I will miss him. What a big loss to all and especially his family.
Marcia Mellinger
Neighbor
June 28, 2020
am so sorry to hear of Michael's passing! He was so full of life, generous, and had great conversations! Loved going to watch the girl's volleyball games at WU with him!

I will miss him!
Silvija Moess
Friend
June 28, 2020
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Silvija Moess
June 28, 2020
My funniest memory of Michael was when he said sure to our humorous request to have my grandson move in withhim do Ryan would be in the "proper territory" to go to Bagley. Will never forget him, he loved Bagley (across the street from him) and those kids that were lucky enough to go there.
Wendy Townsend
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
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Xiomara Munoz
June 28, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of Michael's death. We have been friends and professional colleagues since we worked together at Bogle and Gates. He was always upbeat and encouraging, and he was interested in everything and everyone! He made the world a better place, and his passing leaves us all bereft. As a fellow swimmer, I am devastated that he died in a swimming accident in Green Lake. Michael will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
Sandra Perkins
Friend
June 28, 2020
Michael would pay me to do small sewing jobs for himkitchen curtains, bag for the back of his bikes, etc. And hed always always pay MORE than I asked for.

And his garden was wonderful.
Emily Sisson
Friend
June 28, 2020
We are deeply sad about Michael's death. He was full of so much life, action and relation to people all over the world. My first encounter was on my bike in 1990 and we cycled towards Heidelberg. In this first moment it felt like we knowed each other for years.
My wife and I never met an more openminded guy before.
So we are proud to know him and we will keep this in our minds.
We send our heartfelt sympathy to his family.
Daniel Diemer and Tomma Renker
27798 Hude, Germany
Daniel Diemer
Friend
June 28, 2020
Michael was a sweet, kind, and generous friend to our family. Several times throughout the years, Michael graciously played host to various members of our family. We enjoyed his company, his cozy cottage, and his tales of various adventures. Michael took great pride in his entire family and friend circle, and it showed. He was a good listener who gave sound advice. We will miss our friend, Michael, a.k.a., Mr. Im-not-a-fan-of-onions. Love and healing peace to Sally, Susan, Hugh, and all the family.
Rachel DiLorenzo
Friend
June 27, 2020
MP: Who is that in the back yard?
JDS: That's BTG.
We built a garden over and over for 40 years. The years raking leaves in the park at night were wonderful. Rolling the bags down the hill. Then mulching the garden. The final mulch: chopped pin oak leaves from the Broadmoor trees.BTG
bob lilly
June 27, 2020
I have know Michael for only 18 years or so. Michael has always been a Mensch, helping out in the various communities. In the photo he is helping us load up a antique lantern in December 2019. Michael was know for some of the best referrals, I was honored to make his list. You Are Missed my friend, Rest in Peace.
Michael L Arndt
Friend
June 27, 2020
Michael had a voracious appetite to learn and to share what he knew with others. I remember how many questions he asked my little sister, who was on the US Junior track cycling team at the time, about biking tips while we rode around Vashon Island. When I wanted to train to be a faster runner, he met me and a dear friend Lori at the track and coached us, when my husband and I were trying to buy our first home, he helped us with our finances. Michael was a truly generous man who I am grateful to know and will miss.
Anna Davis
Friend
June 27, 2020
Michael was one of the most decent people ever. I am heartbroken to hear of his death.
Karen W Gahm
Friend
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