On the evening of July 3, Michael “Mike” Wiley of Orcas Island, Washington died peacefully at home, overlooking his yard and with his dog by his side.
Mike was born to T. Wayne and Esther V Wiley in Kingsburg CA where he graduated from high school. He married Gayle, and together they raised 3 children: Michele, Timothy and Anthony. In 1981, he moved to Orcas Island WA. Here he later met and married Carolyn, and they enjoyed years together until her passing in 2008.
He enjoyed his work as a painting contractor, creating things with woodturning, welding and loved riding his motorcycles. He always had a project to work on, but also had a good book (or 2) he would retreat to. Although people often referred to him as kind and gentle, his ability to also be intensely focused with an excellent work ethic was apparent in everything he touched.
He is survived by his children, Michele, Anthony and Timothy; his brother Bob, wife Sonja and their children Andria, Acia; the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his cousin, Larry Croft, wife Susan and their children David (and family), Steve and Kevin; Linda Eastham and her family; and many others.
He would say that his best friend(s) and longtime customers were like family and he talked to them regularly. He loved his chatty phone conversations!
A public memorial service/celebration of life will be held at a future date to be announced.
To share memories of Michael, please sign the online guestbook at www.evanschapel.com/