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Michael Sean Wiltshire

Reno - Reno Restauranteur

Michael (Mike) Wiltshire passed away on July 30, 2018 at the age of 67, following a two-year battle with prostate cancer. His three children surrounded him when he passed peacefully.

Mike was born in New York City on July 23, 1951 to Albert Michael Shaun Wiltshire and Helen Maresi Wiltshire. His parents then traveled the country looking for a place to open a motel and ended up in Marin County, California where they purchased a motel that would be Mike's home for the next 17 years.

Mike attended Blessed Sacrament School, San Rafael Military Academy, and Terra Linda High School. In 1969, during his senior year Mike joined the Navy Reserve. He went on active duty after graduation. He served during the Vietnam War on the USS Buck as a Fire Control Technician. After five years of honorable service he was discharged and returned to work in the family business.

At the Wiltshire Towers Motel, Mike was first exposed to the hospitality industry that would later become his career. Mike and his brother Tim worked at the family business until the mid-1970s. Mike was fond of saying his first job in the restaurant business was peeling potatoes because you couldn't break a potato. When Mike left the family business he worked for several restaurant organizations including The Peppermill chain, which transferred Mike to Reno in the early 1980s.

In 1987, Mike opened Famous Murphys Restaurant in Reno with his father and brother. Although it was a family business, Mike was the driving force behind the success of Famous Murphys. Along with a great team of employees that he met in Reno, he made it a Reno favorite for over 20 years. Many of Reno's current restauranteurs worked with Mike at Famous Murphys and he was always proud of their accomplishments. Famous Murphys closed in 2008. Mike finished his restaurant career at the Grand Sierra, The Siena, and Roundabout Catering. He also enjoyed spending time on his side venture New Millennium Games.

When Mike was diagnosed with prostate cancer he retired from the restaurant business to focus on the fight of his life. Along with great care from his VA hospital team, Mike took the disease on with an unwavering view that he would beat it. The disease eventually beat his body but never his spirit. Mike will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Mike is predeceased by his mother Helen, father Shaun, and brother Little Shaun. Mike is survived by his three children Lisa (Bryce), Shawna (Steve), and Brian (Tammy), his brother Tim (Andria), nieces Jaclyn (Dave) and Christina (Gil), and five grandchildren.

Burial services for Mike will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery and a celebration of life will follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests anyone who would like to honor Mike's memory do so by donating to the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System.

If you would like to express your condolences, share a special memory, or additional information on the services for Mike please visit https://lapalomafuneralservices.com/.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Aug. 12, 2018
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