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Michael Price

May 29, 1953 - February 3, 2021
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Michael Shawn Price, 67, of Traverse City, formerly of Houston, Texas, died unexpectedly, Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Mike was born in Portland, Oregon on May 29, 1953. He was the son of Eugene Sylvester and Sondra Dawn (Pickerell) Price.

Mike graduated from Redlands High School in Redlands, California where he was a fierce football player. Mike played the game with a passion that was unmatched. He was unanimously nominated as defensive player of the year by his team and helped lead them to a state championship. After high school Mike received a football scholarship to Azusa Pacific University, where he continued to play the game that he loved and had such passion for. He graduated from Azusa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications and went on to coach at San Diego State University, where his players were inspired by his love for the game that came through in his coaching.

Eventually, Mike moved on from the game and started a successful career in business. He worked for Scott Paper Company, Pepsi and Coca Cola/ Minute Maid. Mike was an award winning salesman and while at Pepsi Mike was recognized for leading his district to top sales in the country. Later in life, Mike built his own business, iSellsafe and Tipscertified.com with his wife Kathy.

Mike was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas for over 30 years and was an active participant at Central United Methodist Church. He was a lifelong golfer and a motorcycle enthusiast, who loved old cars and never met a project that he couldn’t conquer. His ability to pass on all he had learned to others has left a tremendous legacy that will live on.

Mike loved his family. He was married on May 16, 1983 in South Padre Island, Texas, to the love of his life, Kathy Jo (Lemeron) Price. Mike was so proud of his children, Nicole Tamara Price and Charles Andrew Stavinoha of Houston and his son, Michael Price of Traverse City. His granddaughter, Presley Dawn Stavinoha, his little P, was the light of his life. Mike was an animal lover and will be missed by his beloved, Weenie Dogs, Sienna and Dylan and his “moose” Louise.

Private family services are being held at Life Story Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the NAMI; National Alliance on Mental illness, P.O. Box 49104, Baltimore, MD 21297.

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