Michael’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University led him to 34 wonderful years of teaching band and orchestra in Utah’s public schools. Although he is now retired, he continues to teach privately and to perform as a French horn player, notably in the Orchestra at Temple Square, a calling he has enjoyed since 2002.
Although he grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho, he has made his home in Utah’s Davis County where he and his first wife, Joanne, reared eight children. They are now all grown and married with children of their own — 33 grandchildren for Michael to enjoy. Joanne died in 2010 after battling Alzheimer ’s disease for 12 years.
Michael has since remarried. Ann is a beautiful and articulate woman, supporting Michael in the emotional challenges that his same-gender attraction present. They are both committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and have served in various leadership roles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Michael loves to cook and Ann graciously eats his creations. She admires his watercolor paintings, and encourages him in his family history research.
Michael joined the North Star Leadership Council in 2012, desiring to give to others the life-saving hope that he has received from the organization over the last few years.