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Michael Hice


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Michael Hice Obituary
Hice, Michael



Michael was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico on June 8, 1946. He passed away peacefully April 28, 2016 with family and a close friend at his bedside, after struggling bravely with the aftermath of a series of mini-strokes and a fall in February from which he could not recover.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, William Elmer and Jewel Irene Hice (Holcomb), and his brother Jay.

He is survived by his brother Don; Don's wife Diane; and several nephews and nieces.

Michael was a diversely creative and talented person with entrepreneurial spirit and great sales ability, but also one with a kind and caring heart. Many of his closest friendships were formed in his kindergarten days, and along with those were others he developed over the years. Whenever Mike was around, there was laughter and fun. His love of nature made him an avid hiker and explorer. He was immensely knowledgeable in New Mexico history and was a superb guide. He had the ability to make all those around him love him.

Michael graduated from Tulane University in 1968. After 10 years in academia teaching English to foreign students, first in Houston, then in Berkeley, CA, he became a top salesman of office equipment in the Bay Area. But he loved New Mexico, so in 1982 he returned to Santa Fe. From 1983 to 1990, he was General Sales Manager of KLSK 104.1 radio, and also enjoyed freelance writing and other pursuits.

He was very active in Santa Fe community affairs. In 1991, the Santa Fe New Mexican named him one of ten "who made a difference" for his service on the AID and Comfort board. Nightingale-Hice, Inc., the design firm he co-founded in 1990, won several prestigious awards and provided a springboard for the creation of Indian Artist magazine. As creative and managing director, Michael featured profiles of American Indian artists through direct interviews. Folio magazine in 1998 gave Indian Artist its highest annual publishing honor, its "Editorial Excellence Award."

There will be no immediate service. A celebration of Michael's life is being planned for a later date and will be announced. To honor Michael's memory, please consider a donation to your preferred charity.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 15, 2016
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