Michael William Estey passed away peacefully in his home, on Oct. 11, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.
Michael was born Nov. 14, 1944 in Oakland, California to William and Lorraine Estey, the second of six children. Michael graduated from San Leandro High School, Chabot College and Salt Lake Community College in the Engineering Field.
Michael served honorably as a SeeBee in the US Navy 114th Construction Battalion as a Petty Officer 3rd Class (E4), as a Draftsman/Engineer’s Aide during the Vietnam War. Upon discharge he returned to California and met the love of his life, Michelle LeJeune Hall. They were married April 22, 1972; their marriage was later solemnized in the Oakland California Temple.
They have celebrated 44 years of marriage. Upon retirement Michael would make Michelle breakfast in bed and always wake her with a sweet kiss. They have been blessed with a true love story. Michelle described Michael as loving, understanding, talented, and compassionate.
Michael leaves behind five children: Rochelle (David) Doss, Castro Valley, Calif., Frank (Lisa) Estey, Manti, Heather (David) Johansen, Spanish Fork, David (Candice) Estey, Lexington, South Carolina, and Brian (Stacie) Estey, Wellsville. He also had 21 grandchildren who loved spending time with and learning from their grandfather.
Michael was a craftsman, contractor and draftsman. He loved his 30-plus year career working for Salt Lake in their engineering department. Mike was the project manager in charge of design and relocation of all utilities in Salt Lake involving the light rail system. One of his favorite projects was the design and implementation of the raising of City Creek in downtown Salt Lake.
Michael has many engineering projects credited to his name, too many to mention. He was a perfectionist. Many contractors disliked this, but due to his diligence, to this day his projects stand the test of time because of it.
He was well respected in his field as a hard worker, intelligent, and honest man. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He held many callings; being a Scout Master was his favorite. He was devoted to scouting his entire life and credits it as being the greatest influence in his life when he needed it most. Michael also had a great love and passion for genealogy and temple work. He has traced his family history back to the 1300’s, something he was incredibly proud of.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, his older sister, Carrie Allred Wilson, youngest sister, Judy Madruga, one grandson, Matthew Estey, and his two loving dogs, Maggie and Kitty. Michael is survived by his loving wife, children, 21 grandchildren, and his younger siblings, Linda (Robert) Pearsall, California, Steve (Joan) Estey, California, and Bonnie Estey, Oregon.
Funeral services will be held on Oct. 14, 11 a.m., at the Mt. Pleasant LDS 2nd Ward church. A viewing will be held on Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Rasmussen Mortuary, 96 North 100 West, Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and then the day of the funeral from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Mt. Pleasant 2nd Ward church. Interment will be in the Spring City Cemetery.
The family would like to express gratitude to the LVAD team at Intermountain Medical Center for their years of dedication to Michael’s health and heart issues. They gave our family the gift of time.