Our Honoree

Michael D. Muir | 1942 – 20152018 Honoree_Muir7

Born in Salt Lake City to Douglas A. and Grace Blake Muir, Mike was adventurous, wise, present, loving, patient, funny, and kind. Among his greatest accomplishments is the simple fact that all six of his children consider him to have been a mentor and friend, one of the first people to call when making decisions, solving problems, sharing victories and needing advice or sympathy.  For over 40 years, he worked beside his father as the owner and operator of Fairmont Bowl. The bowling alley was a second home and social center for thousands over the years. He loved the game and the people there.

Mike had a true love of adventure. Over the years, he became an open ocean navigator, a private airplane pilot, hiked Mt. McKinley, was a diehard powder skier, tennis player, rancher and horse owner, fisherman, bicyclist, scuba diver, bow hunter, and cave explorer. He was an avid learner and taught himself Spanish and devoured science and history periodicals and books.

Twenty-three years ago, he married the love of his life, Janet Fors DeGain. During their lives together, they had many adventures and touched many lives. Mike and Jan traveled to over 40 countries together, served in their church, and inspired their children. Jan tirelessly and lovingly stood by his side while he battled Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s never broke his spirit, when he could not talk, he would look you in the eye and grab your hand to show his love for all of the many people he loved. In all he did, he loved the people he associated with, and found the good in everyone.

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