MICHAEL JOSEPH MITCHELL
Michael Joseph Mitchell died Aug. 31, 2013.
Mike requested visitation only, which is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Ave., Franklin, Tenn. A celebration of Mike’s life is planned at his residence after the visitation. Internment is set for Harpeth Hills Cemetery, Nashville, Tenn.
He was born May 13, 1953.
Mike was an accomplished man of many talents who had an incredible zest for life amidst the significant health challenges he faced. After winning a very difficult battle against Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in the mid-1990s, Mike devoted his life to serving his vast network of friends, colleagues and most importantly, his family.
In February of this year, Mike began a new battle with lung cancer and fought it valiantly.
Mike was born and raised in Kansas City, Kan. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Soon after graduation, Mike earned his CPA license as he began his journey into the world of business and consulting.
Mike was always the light in the room, the life of the party, and the center of attention because of his dynamic personality, the stories he shared and his terrific sense of humor.
As a coach might instruct his team to leave everything on the field of battle, Mike did that with everything he accomplished in life. All who knew Mike, knew he was a fierce competitor. Whether it was a jog around the block, a game of pool, sky-diving or battling cancer, Mike would always bring his “A” game to any event.
Mike started running half marathons in 2002 and took great pride in his ability to finish with respectable times. Most recently, Mike ran in the 2012 St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon, with a finish time of 2:39:16.
Although his life ended too soon, and we find it difficult to understand why, Michael lived a very full, active, and good life. He worked very hard and valued the life he lived.
Mike held many titles and designations which served as a good representation of the full life he lived, and a model for us to follow. Some of the titles, designations, and nicknames Mike earned include “Dad,” “Grandfather,” “Son,” “Brother,” “Uncle Mike,” “Mike the Irishman,” “Captain Mike,” and “Uncle Patron.”
In 2007, Mike received the designation of U.S. Merchant Marine Officer from the United States Coast Guard as he was the captain of his ship, the Drake Kendall.
In his professional life, Mike committed himself to perfection in an effort to serve his clients and colleagues. Mike earned the designation of Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and worked tirelessly to preserve and protect the firm and its image around the world. Mike worked very hard to establish and maintain his relationships that has resulted in a legacy he would be very proud of.
Mike was elected to serve on the National Board of Representatives of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) representing the Tennessee chapter.
Mike served on the LLS Tennessee chapter board of directors since 2006, and was the first runner-up in the 2007 National Man of the Year campaign.
His family would like to thank all the medical professionals in the Dallas, Texas, and Nashville, Tenn., facilities for the care, support and guidance they provided during Mike’s illnesses.
Survivors include Mike’s son, Michael Joseph “MJ” (Jennifer) Mitchell, Lawrence, Kan.; mother, Dianne Hunter, Livermore, Colo.; special friend, Larry Vandiver, of the home; brothers, Victor (Sara) Mitchell, Ottawa, Kan., David (Joann) Fabac, Shawnee, Kan., Mark (Shelly) Fabac, Shawnee, Kan., and Joseph (Anna) Fabac, Kansas City, Mo.; grandson, Remmington; several nieces, nephews, great-niece and great-nephew; cousins; and extended family members.
Mike was preceeded in death by his sister, Candace Mitchell; fathers, Henry Fabac and Bert Mitchell; and sister, Sherry Gray.
Mike specifically requested no flowers, and that contributions be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), or any cancer charity of your choice.