In Loving Memory
Michael Bachman Handy, 65, our loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and friend passed away peacefully November 24, 2022 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. He stoically fought pancreatic cancer for months, although diagnosed one month prior to his passing.
Mike was born March 10, 1957 in Seattle, Washington, the youngest son to David Brown Handy and Margaret Bachman. He married his high school sweetheart and best friend Marcie Mitton in June of 1978. After graduating from the University of Washington, they moved to New Mexico where Mike started his career in geology and started a family. In 1985, they moved to Utah where he began his 32-year career with the Department of Natural Resources. Mike enjoyed the bond he had with his coworkers and the close friendships he developed. He loved his older brothers with all his heart.
Mike was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but chose his own path of humble spirituality. He was confident in his choices and decisions and how he wanted to live and loved every minute of it. He was a passionate hiker; he and his dog enjoyed the early morning sun on ridgelines along the Wasatch Front.
Mike was unique and had a far-reaching influence on the people he met; he was witty and quick with his dry sense of humor. He was artistic, genuine, quiet, introverted, young-at-heart, and loyal to his friends. He had a passion for horses and spent countless hours as the “backyard cowboy.” Mike loved music, was an avid reader, and was always learning. His retention of knowledge was astounding. He gave us the gift of a journal where he documented notable experiences and observations.
He is survived by his wife Marcie of 44 years, children Matthew and Brittany Handy (Jason DeOrio) Tooele Utah, brothers David (Joanne) San Francisco, California and Joseph “Scott” (Patricia) Ogden, Utah, and three grandchildren, Robert DeOrio, Aaron DeOrio, and Michael DeOrio. He has numerous cousins, relatives, and friends whom all love him and will miss him immensely.
The family would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the thoughts, prayers, and support we received from family, friends, and the doctors and staff at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
In his memory, love and appreciate your family, be a good friend, and enjoy the outdoors.
“Second to the right, straight on til morning, that’s where I’ll be waiting”
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation in Mike’s name.
A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at Lindquist’s Kaysville Mortuary, 400 N. Main Street, Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with family Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.
Services will be live-streamed and may be viewed at www.lindquistmortuary.com by scrolling to the bottom of Michael’s obituary page.