September 23, 1965 – November 27, 2012
Michael was a veteran with a rare cancer affecting the connective tissues in his muscles. He joined the Navy at 17 years old and credited the military with saving his life. He said that the path out of his high school wasn’t “leading anywhere pretty.” Michael was described as a straight shooter, and in the short three months from his diagnosis to his death, he dealt with it all upfront. By the end, he was ready to go.