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1957 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Michael A. Whitaker Age 58, of Buckley, Wash., died November 2, 2015, following sudden cardiac arrest. Michael was born September 27, 1957, and raised in Burnett, Wash. He attended White River High School in Buckley, where he played football and was a state champion in the 4x100 relay. After graduation, Michael started his career in commercial construction. He quickly became a superintendent at Clements General Construction, where he worked for nearly forty years. Michael was also an award winning cowboy poet and published author. As a member of the group Rockin' HW, Michael regularly performed throughout the Pacific Northwest with his pards Alan Halvorson and Morry Walter. Michael is survived by his wife, Patti; children Courtney Conant (Corey), Nick (Teal), and Will; granddaughter Hazel Mae; step-children Jessica Tjoelker (Klayton) and Kayla Speers (Kyle); sisters Judy Twardoski (Mike) and Linda Bolsinger (Bob); the mother of his children Judy Whitaker; and many nieces and nephews. Michael is preceded in death by his son Matthew, parents William and Frances, and first-wife Vickie (Strecker). A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 7th at 2 p.m. at the Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave SE, Enumclaw, WA 98022. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael Whitaker Creative Writing Scholarship Fund, c/o WR Community Scholarship, P.O. Box 609, Buckley, WA 98321.
Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Nov. 6, 2015
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