Message from Connie Ward
December 15, 2017 9:38 AM
Profound sadness at the loss of such a kind man. Michael brought grace to so many with his acceptance, heart, and joy. Being one of those who experienced his humor, quiet responses, willingness to engage, music, and comfortable presence, I will miss him.
A candle was lit by Mike and Sue Maenaka
on December 15, 2017 11:44 AM
A candle was lit by Anne Greenwood
on December 15, 2017 12:10 PM
Message from Anne Greenwood
December 15, 2017 12:13 PM
I'm sorry to hear of Mike's passing~ I know he was very much loved and I'm happy you were able to be together for so many years, given his health struggles. Please know you are in my thoughts~ much love to you!
A candle was lit by Regina Benton
on December 15, 2017 1:17 PM
A candle was lit by Sandi Cour Griffin
on December 15, 2017 4:22 PM
Message from Tim dieringer
December 15, 2017 7:08 PM
Tough to say goodbye to my Pacific Street brother. I consider our 50year friendship to be the greatest gift of my life. I love you mike!
A candle was lit by Marilyn and Paul Rasgorshek
on December 16, 2017 6:50 AM
Message from Gary and Sally-June Greenstreet
December 17, 2017 4:14 PM
We are very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Mike was very dear to us in our years together at All Saints Parish in Portland. He was such an inspiration to us all especially with his music and his reverence. In 1985, he became the Godfather to our youngest daughter. Although we haven't kept in touch with Mike and Beth, they have been in our prayers throughout his medical struggles. Mike, Beth and family will remain in our prayers.
A candle was lit by Gary and Sally-June Greenstreet
on December 17, 2017 4:15 PM
A candle was lit by Lisa (Thornton) Carkner
on December 20, 2017 10:03 AM
Message from Hilda Lethe-Drake
December 21, 2017 12:19 PM
Dear Beth, Mike and You will always have a special place in my heart. I remember Mike's wise counsel where I could see the truth he was telling me, but I did not LIKE what he was saying… because he was NOT telling me what I wanted to hear. I was breaking up with a guy… or maybe he was breaking up with me. A minor heart break; although it felt major at the time. Our trip to Yellowstone is still a lively memory for me. Mike (and Beth) were encourage-rs when I adopted Rozina. Even Rozina remembers our caroling parties when you lived in Portland. I remember the bowl of candy at his dad’s funeral, and the passage quilts at his mom’s. Wisdom, love, grace, wry humor… and courage and music are the gifts I will always associate with Mike. I am so grateful for the gift of Mike in my life.
Message from Ronda Krasowski
December 31, 2017 10:33 AM
Mike and his guitar were a beautiful part of our daughter's youth group experience at Our Lady of the Valley. Over the years we appreciated his quiet humor, and his steadfast strength and faith. He will be missed! Our prayers are with his family.
A candle was lit by Sharon Cooper
on January 6, 2018 9:54 AM
Message from Sharon Cooper
January 6, 2018 10:02 AM
many years ago in a small community near Portland, Mike started a new adventure in faith, to minister to youth. I'm grateful that he took us all along with him on that journey. We weren't always the easiest group of high schoolers to reach, but he did it, with his humor, his grace, and his faith big enough to move mountains. He brought us together and helped us grow in our journey to adulthood in so many ways, as an example, mentor, and friend. I'm so sad to hear of his passing. He will be remembered, always with love, laughter and smiles.
Message from Mrs.Rose
January 17, 2018 1:45 PM
To the family and close friends of Mr. Benton with my deepest condolences. May the hope of the resurrection promised by Christ Jesus comfort you during this time of great sorrow. (John 5:28,29)
A candle was lit by Annette (Buscho) Pritchard
on January 21, 2018 10:27 AM
Message from Diane Orme
January 21, 2018 4:55 PM
Michael was such an inspiration, and I had the pleasure to work along side of him at Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, OR, when he was Youth Minister and I was secretary of the parish. He always brought joy, fun and laughs along with him into the parish office. He was loved by us all. Blessings to the family. I believe he is now in Heaven entertaining and joking with many Souls!
Message from Carol Rodriguez
May 9, 2018 2:37 PM
Dear Beth and Family,
I am so sorry to learn about Mike's passing. He was such a special part of our mediation program, a wonderful man and very dear friend. Many of us will morn his passing. I am glad he is no longer struggling yet and so very saddened for your loss. Sending love and prayers to all of you.
Ada County Mediation Services
Message from Texas
September 27, 2018 12:39 PM
Very sad to hear this news. I met Mike on a mission near Seattle when I was 15 - almost 20 years ago. I've had his album "Where your treasure lies" in my music library since. That was a memorable summer for me and left a lasting impression on my own faith and importance to love others more than yourself. Rest in Peace!
A candle was lit by Philippe Sauvie ☝️😔
on October 21, 2018 4:51 PM