Michael Ingram

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Ingram, Michael W

Mike Ingram loved New Mexico, our mountains, canyons and badlands. He graduated from Sandia HS where he played baseball (pitcher). He attended Utah State in wildlife management & was valedictorian of his class. During college he worked for the national forest service (Kaibab and Cibola) and as a smoke jumper in Idaho.

Most of Mike's career was on the ocean. After college he joined the Coast Guard. He served in the Philippines, on an ice breaker in Antarctica, attended Navy Dive School & was a diving captain stationed in Long Beach. He was a Viet Nam war veteran. He taught navigation at the Coast Guard Academy on Governor's Island (NY). During his service he achieved the rank of lieutenant and the level of expert marksman. He had a pilot's license. After leaving the Coast Guard Mike joined the Merchant Marines.

Mike worked on six continents, served twice in Antarctica & was twice in the Arctic. Mike loved hiking, exploring the NM wilderness, tracking and observing wildlife. He was a bow hunter & a mountain biker. He was a voracious reader and a scholar of western history. And, he loved music- listening, discussing, dancing and playing (harmonica & guitar).

Mike died on Jan 17, 2017 He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Patsy and Charlie Ingram. He is survived by his sister Cynthia Jameson (GA) and his partner of 30 years, Susan Alexander. His friends will remember him for his intelligence, creativity, humor, kindness and great generosity.

Mike will be honored at a gathering on Sun., Feb 19, 2:00 to 6:00 at 821 Mountain NW, northeast corner of Mountain & Forrester, east of Old Town. Musicians, please bring instruments.

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Feb. 12, 2017
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