Michael Jay Spencer passed away peacefully on May 26th, 2011 surrounded by his family after a three year battle with cancer. He was born on January 11th, 1953 in Salt Lake City to Max and Connie Spencer. He was married and sealed to his sweetheart Susan Myers on April 4th, 1980 in the Manti, UT temple.
Mike was a faithful member of the LDS church and served a mission in Paris, France. Although he had many callings throughout his life, none were as close to his heart as serving in the nursery. He was a kind and gentle man who loved, and was loved by, everyone he met.
After raising his family, Mike returned to BYU to finish his education and graduated in 2005 with a BFA in Visual Arts and a minor in English. He was a graphic designer at MonaVie, but music was his absolute passion. He loved to play guitar, sing, and write music. He continued to record songs and play with his bands – Thunderbuck Ram and Rock Daddy – to the end. He was an artist and dreamer with the soul of a poet and had a deep appreciation for the beauty in all aspects of life.
His family would like to thank MonaVie for their kindness and support as well as Dr. Ward, Rosie, and the staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute for their dedication to his care.
Michael is survived by his wife Susan, children Scott, Jeff, Melissa (Aaron) Douglas, and James Spencer, mother Connie Spencer, sister Charleen (Sherland) Jackson, brothers Chris (Charlotte) Spencer, David (Darlene) Spencer, Rick Spencer and his band brothers Michael Berrett, Mark Miller, Kenny Seastrand, Jim Nelson, Jim Blackett and Vern Hiatt. He was preceded in death by his father Max Spencer.
His family has created a tribute website at www.michaeljspencer.com to honor him.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 1st , 2011, at 1:00 pm at the Heatheridge LDS Stake Center, 450 E. 2000 N. Orem, Utah, where friends and family may gather Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. and Wednesday morning from 11:30 to 12:30 prior to the services. Burial will be at the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery under the care of WalkerSanderson.
Posted in the Daily Herald on May 29th, 2011.