7/5/1954 - 8/27/2013
Michael John Elkins passed away in his home August 27th when his loving generous heart stopped beating due to severe heart disease.
Mike was born in Spokane, WA to Jack and Gladys Elkins on July 5, 1954. He began his lifetime career in sales in his youth by selling oyster shell ashtrays to neighbors in Spokane. Mike and his family moved to Everett when he was fourteen where he discovered a love of salt water, hiking and exploring. He loved both sides of the mountains from Steptoe Butte to Puget Sound. He graduated from Cascade High School in 1972 with many lifelong friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his mother Gladys Elkins and his brother Lonnie Elkins. He is survived by his father, Jack Orin Elkins, his sister Ann Elkins, his significant other Theresa (Terry) Lippincott, and his four amazing sons and their wives, Jesse Jack and Kaili Elkins, Jeremy Michael and Britney Elkins, Jason William Elkins and Justin Robert Elkins.
Although Mike enjoyed a successful career in leasing his sons are his greatest legacy. He was so very proud of the strong, decent and loving men they became. It was a joy hearing his infectious laughter when they were together. Mike loved life and was never happier than when surrounded by his extended family both here and in Eastern Washington.
Mike enjoyed many hobbies including golf, camping, bird watching, fixing things, remodeling and learning about history. There are still stories about Mike, his boys and the 4th of July campfire explosion. Mike could fix anything, was quietly competent, and it wasn’t unusual to be surprised when a new talent would resurface. He is known as “Mike of Lochsloy” for his archery skills demonstrated at a recent birthday party.
Mike was the navigator of the family, a skill he passed down to his sons. He knew every “shortcut” from here to Seattle which would keep him from ever having to slow down or stop in traffic. To Mike, stop signs were mere suggestions, and in his perfect world there would only be yield signs.
Mike was loved and will be missed by many, there will be a celebration of his life at the Grace Lutheran Church in Everett on Sept. 28th at noon to which family and friends are invited.
Let us not be sad that he is gone, but be happy that he was here and lived such a full and rich life.