William M. (Mike) Deese of Longmont, Colorado passed away on Tuesday February 26th, 2013 at the age of 69 from complications related to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. Mike as he was known to his friends and family has lived in the Boulder County area since 1975. Mike is survived by his wife Peggy E. Deese who he married in 1962 and two sons, Jeff and Porter who live in Longmont and New York respectively. Mike had two grandchildren, Lauren and Haley Deese who also live in the Boulder area. Mike is preceeded in death by his two sisters, Dianne Runion and Joanne Deese and is survived by his brother Paul Deese. Mike was born in Los Angeles, CA in 1943 to Laudys L. (Joan) and Porter William (Bill) Deese II and grew up in Southern California where he also attended college. After graduating, Mike went to work for Aluminum Body Corporation, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Lockheed Electronics. Mike's career after Lockheed Electronics included positions at many Boulder County companies including Storage Technology Corporation (STC) and Exabyte. Mike then founded Cherokee Data Systems in Boulder. Following Cherokee Data Systems, Mike served as Vice President of Sony Corporation of America, and Director of Advanced Strategy for Microsoft Corporation. Mike also sat on numerous Boards throughout his career including Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Mike will be forever remembered as a caring and giving individual who took his work, his family and his play seriously. He loved dogs, the Rocky Mountains, traveling the world with his Wife, tackling complex business issues, good food and the company of his family & friends. He will be remembered always and missed dearly. No services are planned now, but a celebration of his life will be held in the future.
Published in The Daily Camera on Mar. 17, 2013.