Michael Darwin Hicks
B. July 17, 1954
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
D. April 21, 2015
Port Angeles, Washington
Mike was an “Army brat” and traveled the world from Japan to Europe while growing up.
?Finally settling in Boulder, Colorado, Mike graduated from Fairview High School.
He trained as a printer and spent over 20 years in that profession, rising to Journeyman level. He specialized in operating and maintaining giant web presses of the kind used to print newspapers, magazines, etc.
Sensitive to every squeak and noise in these railroad car size machines, Mike was able to keep the presses running continuously and reliably. He was an expert on paper and printing economics.
Mike worked as a carpenter and roofer on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and more recently operated a yard and landscape maintenance business in Sequim, Washington.
Mike was an able athlete, a solid short stop and an expert skier once described as “the most graceful person I’ve ever seen on the slopes…and really fast…” He worked for a time at Molnar Skis in Colorado and was also an accomplished guitarist.
Mike loved animals of all kinds and loved to fish. Though he was very good at it he favored catch and release.
Mike will be remembered as a kind and gentle person, a good guy and a good friend.
He is survived by his mother Jean Hicks of Sequim; his brother in law Tom Coonelly; his nephews Tom and Mike Coonelly; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces from Washington to Michigan.
Funeral services will be held at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sequim on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:00 P.M., reception to follow. All are welcome.
Gifts in lieu of flowers may be made in Michael’s name to Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org or the Clallam County Humane Society, www. ophumanesociety.org.