Michael Sebastian Mahl got to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday afternoon, May 23, 2014 after a tragic plane crash that took the lives of 3 other souls. He was 16 years old. Michael, a.k.a "Gunka", loved Jesus, was an accomplished musician, an exceptional student, and an awesome person. He had a wonderful sense of humor. Quick wit, often inappropriate or irreverent but we would all laugh anyway. He played guitar, drums, ukulele, mandolin, even the didgeridoo. He was a straight A student at Aldo Leopold Charter School and was about to enter into his Junior year as student class president. He loved video games, especially The Legend of Zelda, and had collected every single Zelda game made from the '80's to present and had beaten all of them. If we were to take the time it took to list his incredible accomplishments that he was able to perform by the young age of 16, it would fill up this entire newspaper! To get an idea of the kind of person he was, here is his birthday post from April 28th that he put on Facebook: "Had a great birthday! I'm so thankful for everyone in my life and there is not a single thing or person that I try to take for granted. Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes. It's been the greatest 16 years I could ask for, I have treasured the good moments, embraced the love, and cherished a life well lived. I look forward to the future, but I'll always admire my childhood :) " We had the pleasure of raising this wonderful person for 16 years, and the only day of grief he ever gave us was last Friday afternoon. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Mary Boucher. He is survived by his parents, John and Jennifer Mahl, his brothers, Alexander Wolfgang Mahl, Daniel Joseph Mahl, his grandparents John and Cydnia Mahl, Paul and Linda Boucher, his great grandmother Shirley Easley, his aunts and uncles Tina and Jay Mealer, Shawna and Kenny White, Phil Payette, his cousins, Conner Payette, Matthew Pelkey, Emery White, Aspen Mealer. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Ella, Michael, Ella Family Fund at YouCaring.com
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