Our beloved Michael Albert Turner, of Prospect, Ore., went in peace on Saturday, December 14, 2012. He was born September 19, 1947, in Seattle, Wash. He is survived by his wife, Jo; son, Max; daughter, Katie; father, Al; and two sisters, Jan and Jessica; and a world full of in-laws, outlaws, family and friends. Mike was raised by two very loving and incredible parents, Al and Ruth Turner. He graduated in 1962 from Queen Anne High in Seattle, attended the University of Washington, and then Central Washington University, where he graduated with a degree in business and art. He and Jo (Vehse) were married in Seattle in 1973 among friends and family.
Mike worked at several jobs, but his favorite was working in the energy business selling storm windows, insulation and heat pumps. He also sold posters for American Arts and Graphics for 10 years. In 1997, Mike and Jo purchased the Prospect Historic Hotel and moved to Prospect, Ore. The hotel was sold in 2005, and they were able to travel.
Mike loved the wilderness, hiking, and being in the forest. Prospect provided all that and more for him. His love of the community was immense. He lived and traveled all over the world and said that he never found a place better than Prospect. He wanted to thank the community for being so close knit and a wonderful place to live. He felt at home and accepted with love and compassion.
Mike was a wonderful friend, husband, father, and son. His most remarkable attribute was his ever present positive attitude and humor. If you had the pleasure of ever meeting him, you were fortunate. He had the ability to make people comfortable and laugh a lot. He was engaging and knowledgeable about a wide range of topics. He was never at a loss for words.
He loved his family, friends and children deeply. His best friends, Dick and Cece Talcott, of Olympia, Wash.; Greg and Linda Barlean, of Everson, Wash.; Dave Moe, and Roman Lemeshkov, of Seattle, Wash.; Ken and Ofelia Nelson, of Portland, Ore.; Kathleen and Larry Wall, and Trudie and Bill Dvorak, of Seattle, Wash.; Janna and Steve Little, Dave and Laure Reid, and Lyle and Nadene Pope, of Prospect, Ore.; Angela and Kalle Meier, and Jochen Melzer, of Germany; and many, many more that will miss him very much. He also wanted to send a special thank you to the angels that cared for him, his doctors, nurses, home health care and hospice.
Mike's favorite quote was, when Mark Twain was asked where he wanted to spend eternity, "Heaven for the climate and Hell for the company."
A pot luck celebration of Mike's life will be held in Prospect, Ore., on February 18, 2012, at the Prospect Community Club beginning at noon.