I recently decided to write my own obituary. My main objective is not to bore you to death; life is too precious.
I was born in Glendale, California on Feb. 11, 1945. My parents were Marjorie and LaVerne Munt. I had one older brother, Marshall, who died before me. I went to school at Garvanza Grammar School, Luther Burbank Middle School and Franklin High School.
I joined the Navy after high school. I went into electronics school, and spent three years going back and forth to Vietnam.
When I was discharged from the service, I attended Pasadena City College for a short time. When I was 28, I moved to Moab, Utah. I worked for the City of Moab, Texas Gulf Inc, and retired from the National Park Service in 2005.
I knew many people in my life but had only one really close friend. I met her in Moab, and her name is Valerie. I married her and she gave me two beautiful children. Their names are Mark and April.
I am extremely proud of their accomplishments. Mark is an engineer and April is a teacher. Mark married Katie Ward in 2005, and they have given me two beautiful grandchildren, Duncan and Vivian.
I have always been confused about religion, not knowing whether it was something to make us feel good and comfort us. I know that millions of people have died because of religion. Guess what? At this point I probably know if there is a God or nothingness. Guess what? I can’t tell you.
Hey guys, have a drink on me and enjoy your lives. I enjoyed most of mine. It brings to mind the song lyrics to “The Dance,” paraphrased: I would not have missed the pain because I would have missed the dance.
–Michael Richard Munt
Following a short but courageous battle with lung and bone cancer, the Munt family is sad to announce that Michael Munt passed away early in the morning of Oct. 4.
In true fashion, Michael had taken the liberty to write his own obituary, which we are sharing with you. He is survived by his wife Valerie, daughter April, son and daughter-in-law Mark and Katie, and grandchildren Duncan and Vivian.
A celebration of his life memorial will be held at 1 p.m. at the Padre Lakes Community Clubhouse on Oct. 20 in Ivins.