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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.

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Published in The Daily Camera on Mar. 17, 2013.
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December 10, 2013
I will always remember Mike for his integrity. He loved his family dearly, always asked me about mine, he truly cared. He always gave me good advice and always went out of his way to help those in needs. I will always remember the yard sale he and Peggy had for the Native American folks, that was remarkable! I miss this man dearly. My prayers go out to the family.
Oscar Celaya Jr
June 5, 2013
Andy & Mike
June 5, 2013
Andy (Current) Godspeed to you Mike!!
June 5, 2013
Peggy & Mike Deese ..I took this at my Birthday celebration
June 5, 2013
The Amazing Cabin In The Rocky Mountains
June 5, 2013
Andy & Mike Riding Horses In the Aspens On My Birthday
June 5, 2013
June 5, 2013
Andy,Peggy Mike
June 5, 2013
Peggy & Mike
June 5, 2013
June 5, 2013
Andy at the House
June 5, 2013
Andy & Mike at the incredible Cabin in the Rocky Mountains
Dear Peggy and Family...Oh My Lord... I just recently saw this....I was in shock! Mike and YOU were so kind to me.. I Loved this man....I have so many fond memories of my stay with you at the "Cabin" and the Big House....Mountain Biking, Chopping wood, Riding Horses in the Aspens,White water rafting down the Colorado river.....and celebrating my Birthday while I was there! It was Glorious!!! I have many pictures....Big Mike was such an intelligent kind earthy man...and a scholar....I miss him....I am so so sorry....His Light shined VERY brightly and the world is a poorer place without him in it. I will never forget him.....Love to you all....XXOO Andy
Andrew Kent
May 4, 2013
Just found out a few days ago about Mike's passing. You and Peggy are greatly missed in the neighborhood.
Lisa Ferrante
April 30, 2013
Mike and Peggy were my neighbor's in Taos. I only met Mike, once ironically as we were heading in a U-Haul Truck as we were moving to Boulder. Such a small world, I just learned of Mike's passing a few days ago while talking with another Taos neighbor. Sorry for your family's loss for we only had that one brief visit but, he was very nice. Sometimes that's all it takes to new a person is a good person! Hoping that the good memories adds comfort to all his loved ones.
J Mitchell Pruett
April 16, 2013
I enjoyed seeing and chatting with Mike occasionally on Conifer Hill Road as we passed coming and going to our respective cabins. Big man~~big smile! So sorry for your loss. Best regards
Steve Blacksher
March 24, 2013
Mike gave me lots of standard tips from basic to advanced. I enjoyed the JTC 1/SC23/WG2 and ECMA TC31 committee he chaired with his clear, cheerful and sometimes strategic chairmanship.
With my deepest Sympathies.
Kunihiko Miwa
March 20, 2013
I met Mike in 1985 in Boulder interviewing for my first job. He hired me at Cherokee Data Systems, giving me my very first "serious" career opportunity. He was always wonderful to work with and I consider him one of the pivotal mentors in my life. My deepest heartfelt thoughts to family and friends.
April Sawyer
March 20, 2013
Mike was a good friend and supporter of many people, many causes. His impression and impact on people was significant and I will always be better for having known him and worked with him over many years. My thoughts go to Peggy and all the Deese Family.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith
March 20, 2013
I was fortunate to host Mike Deese and his spouse at a small,extended stay executive suite in Boulder County. I thoroughly enjoyed every visit of his and his spouse. Mr. Deese, who always insisted I call him by his first name and not "Mr. Deese", was as gregarious as any person I had never met before and most likely I'll never quite meet again. He always exhuded a presence of honesty, friendliness, and a very acute depth of intellect he would willingly share with someone if that interested party was sincere about listening and also brought knowledge of their own to the table. I wish I had know Mr. Deese much longer than the amount of time allowed to me, as I thoroughly enjoyed Mike sharing his knowledge and intellect with me. I would like to send his wife Peggy, their two sons, their grandchildren, his whole family, and to all of his friends my deepest sympathy and all of you are in my thoughts. Mike will be sadly missed.
Manuel Romero
March 19, 2013
Mike features prominently in my recollection of US and International Standards meetings, sometimes as opponent, but often as the one who managed to achieve a concensus. I'm glad he gave me the opportunity to reminesce at our Colorado Springs optical storage reunion less than 3 years ago.
Chris Steenbergen
March 18, 2013
Mike at his laptop working in the Ecma Meeting in Zürich 2006
Istvan Sebestyen
March 18, 2013
Mike at the 2006 Ecma General Assembly in Zürich, Switzerland
Istvan Sebestyen
March 17, 2013
We were all saddened to learn of Mike's passing. Know how many hearts are touched by your loss and how many thoughts are with your family. Take comfort in the memories and the happy times you shared together.
With deepest sympathy,
Phyllis, Carol and Connie Hurlburt
March 17, 2013
I knew Mike and worked with him several times at STC and Cherokee. He supported my ideas when I was a young engineer and later when I became a consultant. I am sad to hear of his passing.
Mark Stangl
March 17, 2013
Mike will always be remembered in the standards community for his tireless effort and commitment to quality. He will be missed by many around the world.
John Neumann
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