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Jones, R. Michael
R Michael "Mike" Jones, 67 died peacefully on September 25, 2017. Mike was passionate--about his family, about his work, and about life. As a triathlete, Mike competed in a dozen events each year, often camping along the way. An avid cyclist, Mike liked to be on the move, helping all that were around him including his community and his clients. He was an outstanding attorney and all-around mentor and entrepreneur. Mike was born in Chillicothe, Ohio but the family moved to Columbus in 1965. Mike started his career as a Financial and Securities Analyst with the State of Ohio. Mike met his life love and soul mate, Carol Steffens, when they were both devoted tennis players! After moving to Salida, CO in 1978, Mike, Carol, brother Dan and friend John Pyson founded Real American Action Wear. Their apparel manufacturing and distribution company employed over 100 people at its peak. Mike went on to earn his B.S., at Regis University (1990) then earned an M.B.A., at the University of Colorado (1992). After selling the company, Mike had a Merger & Acquisition consulting practice, specializing in providing consulting services to sellers of mid-market companies. He was also the publisher of "Merger & Acquisition Network." He and Carol then moved to San Diego, where Mike earned his J.D., California Western School of Law (cum laude) (1998). Mike was inspired by his professional and personal relationships with his co-workers and clients at Higgs, Fletcher, and Mack.
Mike's activities included MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego, Association for Corporate Growth, ProVisors San Diego Downtown Group, Pinnacle Professional Networking Group, Past President of Salida Golf Club, Inc., Past Director – Salida Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Breakfast Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow, and the Triathlon Club of San Diego. Mike was an ethical and moral man who loved and lived well. As we mourn this untimely death, we celebrate the way Mike lived his life. He is survived by devoted sons; George (Mi Kyeong) Steffens, and Carl (Monica) Steffens, brothers; Andy, Matt and Dan, sister Lisa Shafer and his beloved grandchildren; Daniel, Ella and Matthew. He is preceded in death by his parents; Jinny and Bob, sister Patti and his amazing wife; Carol Steffens, whom he loved dearly. Memorial service information pending.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Oct. 1, 2017
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