|Birth: ||Feb. 4, 1941|
|Death: ||Sep. 16, 2006|
Wenatchee World, The (WA) - September 20, 2006
Mike passed away peacefully at home on Anderson Island on 9/16/06. Michael struggled through difficult times the past 3 years battling leukemia and lymphoma. His strength and bravery were amazing, having made it through 2 stem cell transplants and many rounds of chemotherapy, he never
gave up hope and never complained. In the end, he had achieved a remission, but sadly, succumbed to complications of the donor transplant.
Michael was born in 1941, in Wenatchee, WA. The son of a fireman, James, "Jim" Avey and loving mother Leona. He spent his early years fishing and hunting in Eastern
Washington with his family, camping near rivers, and learning to fly racing pigeons. It was as a young boy in the mountains beside his father, that he first developed his passion for fly fishing. He served time in the Air Force in Germany and on Mt. Lemmon outside Tucson where he specialized in communications and radio relay. Michael developed a passion for history and archeology and went on to study at Arizona State and WSU for his undergraduate and graduate degrees, and the University of Washington for post graduate education. He was a much respected faculty member of the Anthropology Department at Pierce College where he taught Archeology and Cultural Anthropology for thirty years. He was the recipient of multiple professional awards, including the Faculty of the Year Award and the Students of Color Appreciation Award. He touched his students and colleagues in profound ways, both in and beyond the classroom, where his ability to respect others
ideas and beliefs was not only theoretical; it was his way of life.
Outside the classroom, Michael's love of people and cultures
extended to his work as an archeologist to the Washington State Highways Department, Washington State Historic Preservation Department, and the Steilacoom and Puyallup Native American Tribes. His love for humanity, social justice, and equality is his legacy for us all.
He leaves behind the love of his life, Dianne; and their young son, Aidan; eldest son, Shawn Avey (and family) of Phoenix; daughter, Natalie Dorey (and family); mother Leona; sister Shirley Keller; brother, Steve Avey, all of Wenatchee.
James Lester Avey (1916 - 1996)
Leona Marie Brownlow Avey (1918 - 2012)
Judith Ann Avey Kaupp (1939 - 2006)*
Michael Garland Avey (1941 - 2006)
Anderson Island Cemetery
Created by: Carolyn Farnum
Record added: Sep 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29898003
Added: Feb. 22, 2016
Remembering Mike on his birthday! A dear friend who my brother, Jim described as one of kindest men he has known. Also, Mike laughed easily. One week in one of his classes Mike ran a streak of showing anthro films so my sister Connie took a huge bag of po...(Read more)|
Added: Feb. 4, 2016
Again, thinking of Mike today on his birthday! Sent a note to my brother Jim too, who commented that Mike was a very kind man. Later, my sister Connie and I will smile and go over old fun stories about him. Rest In Peace Mike!|
Added: Feb. 4, 2014
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