Michael King Wells

Portland, Oregon

1943 - 2017


Portland, Oregon


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Michael King WellsAug. 2, 1943 - July 5, 2017 Michael Wells passed away unexpectedly July 5, 2017 while hiking in the Dolomites in Italy, on a long-anticipated trip with his wife, Julie Lawrence, the love of his life. He lived life true to his moral compass, leading with compassion and by...

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To our dear Julie, you and Michael are in our hearts today. We loved seeing you recently and the beautiful home and gardens you two nurtured together and you have continued with loving pride. Thanks for sharing.

With love and light.


Michael was one of the few people at KBOO who was truly well-loved by everyone. He worked tirelessly to help the station in so many ways!!! Michael you were a brilliant strategist and grant-writer, someone who truly understood the importance of pushing KBOO forward into the digital age, to stop dragging our old analog feet and get with the times. Michael, we all love you here and will miss you terribly. What a sad day for Portland.

Michael was a fellow student and stable presence for the many years I was in Julie's Tuesday evening yoga class. Even after I moved to another class, I cross paths with Michael regularly, and he always had a warm smile for me. His calmness and the loving support he and Julie shared for each other over the years was obvious and heart-warming. One example stays with me: At the end of a long day of an advanced yoga workshop Julie was hosting, Michael showed up at the studio, pulled out the...

Your chosen journey upon this earth touched many, Michael. May your memory live strong while you rest In peace.

On this weekend of Michael's memorial service, Alan and I want to express how very sad we are about the sudden and devastating loss of a humble and extraordinary man and to give our love and support for Julie and also to Michael's daughters. Julie, it was wonderful to hear Michael's beautiful words at your birthday celebration this spring. His incredible love for you was inspiring and reverberated around the room full of close friends and family, generating further comments of love and...

Michael was my colleague on the KBOO board, and we served on several key committees together. He was always very kind, respectful, and helpful. His humor and humility were very refreshing. His insights were crucial to our successes. Wonderful man.

Michael has been an important person in my life from the 60s when I was a contributor to Willamette Bridge and then The Scribe. I met up with him again in Julie's Yoga class, and later he was a fellow adjunct faculty member at PSU, who helped, during my presidency of the Part-time Faculty Union (PSUFA) to make sure our books were well kept, by organizing members to conduct an annual review. Michael's patience and quiet dedication over the years has been a blessing to me and many others.

Michael worked with me at Willamette Week for a year, and I remember him as journalist, diligent and unruffled, thoughtful and wise. I used him as a grantsman more than once, and he was a master of that craft. I played in his poker game a couple of times, and he in mine. My condolences to his family. Portland has lost a rare human being and I have lost a friend.

I met Michael at a draft counseling conference at Lewis and Clark College during the Vietnam War. Someone had stolen the Selective Service System policies manual, so that draft counselors could finally see them to assist draftees. I immediately sensed that Michael was an incredible person, destined to help transform Portland into the Portlandia that exists today. For a relatively quiet man, he communicated a transformative vision of social change that was intelligent, compassionate, and...