Michael Burr West, born Sept. 21, 1974 in Moab, to John and Jean West, passed away in Fort Collins, Colo. on Sept. 29, 2009.
Mike is survived by his parents, a brother and hero, Mark, sister, buddy and pure love, Clarissa.
Michael married Carolyn Orme in Tooele, Utah. They later divorced. To this union came four beautiful children, Jaxson Dylan, Skylar, Michael Noah Wilson and Josie Marie.
Mike loved the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, cooking, writing, reading, working with his hands, skateboarding, and being a daredevil of sorts. Mikey, as he was known to his friends, was funny, charming, a con man, and a gentleman. A hard worker, a dreamer and a party guy always in for a crazy time. Mike was a defender of those with special needs due to the love he had for his sister with Downs Syndrome.
Mike had a definite hero in his younger brother Mark. They loved and fought with each other like all brothers. Mike was proud of Mark and of his sacrifice in his service to the United States Marine Corp.
He looked up to Mark for courage, strength and inspiration. Mark was his rock and his star.
Although separated from his children due to divorce, they truly were his every thought, his every breath, and his constant bond to life. He missed them always and went to bed every night with them on his mind and in his prayers.
Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents Leo and Clara Burr and Ed and Louise Claus.
Mike leaves behind a large and loving family who were there for him through the troubles and difficulties he faced in his all-too-short life. Mike had many friends who will remember him with great peals of laughter when they recall the journey they traveled together.
Mike, my beautiful boy, your mom will always be right here cheering you on to victory. This time, baby boy, you will make it!