Michael Ralph Lord
1958 ~ 2021
"Chuck Norris invented death, just to make life more exciting."
Mike was quick with a smile and a joke, and eagerly spread "dad jokes" and Chuck Norris "facts" to all he knew.
Michael Ralph Lord was born September 20, 1958, in Sandy Utah. Survived by his sweetheart Debbie Lord, and spoiled children Kaleb (Laura), Kandie (Stephen) Carpenter, Corey (Rachel), Kellie (Mike) Heaton, Casey (Emily), Kylie (Michael) Best. And 28 grandchildren who adored their "Papa."
After a long battle with cancer, he departed this life September 29, 2021 surrounded by family at his home in Orem, Utah.
Mike loved and depended on his wonderful wife Debbie who loved and depended on him in return. They were a match made in heaven and showed us what it takes to enjoy a magnificent marriage! He always sacrificed for his family (something he would remind us of whenever divvying out the last serving of dessert to his kids).
He had an incredible ability to imagine and tell stories, even while away he made sure to tell his young kids stories via audio cassettes sent in the mail. He was witty and creative and could always lighten a mood or make work seem fun by adding a humorous spin.
His enthusiasm was contagious. When he chose a worthy pursuit, he put his whole mind and heart into it and aspired to excel. Some of those pursuits include producing music, beekeeping, scuba diving, math/accounting, computers, and fitness.
He was passionate about music and instilled that same love in his children. His home was full of both listening to and playing music. He skillfully wove music into both work and play.
A sense of duty led him to serve God, family, and country faithfully. Mike served as a full-time missionary in Sydney, Australia. He served his country as part of the 144th Evac Hospital during Desert Storm. He earnestly served his family and friends by fulfilling his fatherly and priesthood responsibilities.
Mike's career ambition was to never work a day in his life by finding something he loved to do. He was a man of many talents and professions: dairy herdsman, chemical engineer, grocery store owner, business president, realtor, book publisher, rock and roll band drummer, music teacher, high school math teacher, title loans, and finished out as an accountant.
But his real work and legacy are the people he touched throughout his life. He was loved by the hundreds of young men and women he served his whole life as a teacher and in his many church callings including young men's, scoutmaster, high council and bishoprics. As Bishop, he had the opportunity to shepherd a wonderful ward and loved those he served unconditionally. He knew the love of his Savior, Jesus Christ and strived to show that same love to those around him.
He will be missed on this earth. The impact of his love, faith, friendship, and laughter will continue to echo in our lives. He looked forward with determination and faith to answer the next call to serve his Savior, Jesus Christ on the other side of the veil.
A reception will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2021 6-8p and October 6, 2021 12-12:45p at the stake center 400 W 1800 S Orem, UT
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, October 6, 2021 1p at the stake center 400 W 1800 S Orem, UT
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Debbie's mission fund. Venmo: @deblord https://mikelord.me/
Published by Deseret News from Oct. 4 to Oct. 5, 2021.