Mike "Kinger" King (Gypsum, CO)

Died: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017

Celebration of Life

1:00 PM Sat., Dec. 09, 2017
Location: Battle Mountain High School

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Mike King,  “Kinger”, 67, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2017.
Mike is survived by his wife of 47 years, Kathy, son Nathan, daughter Melissa, and her husband Lee, his granddaughter Alie, his mother Gena, and brother Mark. His father, Richard Irving King, preceded him in death in 2015.

Mike was born and raised in Denver. He moved to Evergreen for his Junior High and High School years and graduated Evergreen High School in 1968. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. His first teaching position was at Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. For three years he and his family traveled the country making many life long friends. He was an educator in the Vail Valley for 40 years. He dedicated his life to teaching his students a love for the outdoors and the amazing world of science. How many times did we hear “physics is everywhere”?  He treasured teaching both in and out of the classroom. The outdoors and wilderness were his passions, from the high mountain lakes to the ocean floor. He instilled this passion into his family, students and friends. With every scuba diving trip, every meet the wilderness outing, every hike over many moons pass, every skiing trip into the backcountry and with every snow cave construction Mike brought us closer to nature. The miles ridding his Harley and hours kayaking on mountain lakes brought him peace and joy. He adored his family especially his grand daughter Alie, he tried to never miss a volleyball game or a swim meet –  he truly was her biggest fan. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. May he rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:00PM on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards, CO (0151 Miller Ranch Road Edwards, CO 81632).  Online condolences can be left on Michael King’s memorial tribute page at www.kentfuneralhomes.com.  Should friends and family desire, contributions may be sent to “The Mike King Memorial Scholarship Fund” at 5485 Hidden Springs Road Fort Collins, CO 80526 or to a charity of your choice in Michael King’s name.

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Nicole Dewell
   Posted Wed December 06, 2017
Mike was a master teacher at EVHS when I met him. A more positive, encouraging man I've never met. He encouraged me and was just a wonderful force for good at our school. I admire him deeply and count myself fortunate to have known him. I know he adored his family. Mike will be deeply missed. Sending my deepest condolences to his entire family.

Carrie Niedziela Kroschel
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
I am heartbroken to hear of Mikes passing! He was far and away one of my all-time favorite teachers! As his student assistant and manager of the wrestling team we spent a ton of time together and none of it was wasted or forgotten. I still remember discecting the damn frog and shark, entering the gym to the theme from Rocky, and long bus rides. I’m emotional and so sorry to have to miss his celebration of life.... it truly was a life to celebrate! I can’t wait to donate to the scholarship fund in his memory...its the perfect remembrance.

MaryAnn Lebo
   Posted Thu December 07, 2017
There are no words. My heart is so heavy with sadness.....for myself, his family, and for all those who will never have the previlige of knowing Kinger. Just knowing that he no longer walks among us is reason for great sadness.

Linda Welch
   Posted Fri December 08, 2017
This is so heartbreaking. I loved that man and his wonderful family, as did everyone who knew him. Mike was always so genuine, kind, intelligent, engaging and funny! His spirit and smile will live on in our hearts forever. Please know Kathy, Nate & Missy that our hearts are with you. Sending warm, loving and supportive thoughts your way.

Courtney Queen
   Posted Sun December 10, 2017
I am so sad to hear this news. My sincere condolences to his family, especially my friend Nate (remember Nate, you and me are the king & queen :). Mike King was a wonderful teacher, who touched the lives of so many. His Environmental Ethics class was the best course I've ever taken, and a main reason I decided to become an environmental lawyer. He was so inspirational to his students, from teaching us that we could survive 24 solo hours in the wilderness, to helping us find deep meaning in the words of A Sand County Almanac. But my strongest memory of him was that he was the first person to give me a big hug when we found out the news about Katie Roeland's death, a moment I'll never forget and exemplary of how much he cared about his students. I'm so sorry the world is now without him.

Mary Moore
   Posted Sun December 17, 2017
Our prayers are with you Kathy and family at this sad time in your lives. Mike was a fun kid we all knew in high school and we now see how he carried his passion of life through his teaching and love for others. He was your soulmate Kathy and what a life you two had. Our sympathy and prayers for Kathy as you will now live life as you have not known before, but know that Mike is at your side guiding you all the way.

Love, Mary Beth Ord Moore

Annah Scully
   Posted Tue December 19, 2017
I will always treasure the years I taught at BMHS and Mike was a huge part of my happy memories from that time. The Gong Show, our teacher lip synch air band performance of "I Want To Take You Higher", all the laughter and tears we shared. I will never forget Mike as a brilliant, sharp witted, nature loving, life changing teacher and especially as a dear dear friend. Kinger, you will remain in our hearts forever.

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