Michael Lee Parlet passed away on September 12th, 2021 in Moscow, Idaho shortly before his 77th birthday. Mike was born on October 2nd, 1944 in Lewiston, Idaho to Rita and Cecil Parlet. He was raised with his younger brother Bill on the family farm outside of Pomeroy, Washington where his love of animals and all things outdoors developed. He graduated from Pomeroy High School and attended college at Washington State University.
Mike’s first job, aside from farm work, was at a farm fertilizer company in Pomeroy. While working there he lived in the old Parlet Apartments on the main street of Pomeroy. Mike moved to the Seattle area as a young man where he worked for the Boeing Airplane Company and then as a salesman selling sporting and outdoor equipment until he retired.
Mike met Karen Zobell and the two were married in Maui, Hawaii on July 12th, 1989. They bought a home in Issaquah, Washington where he resided until he was widowed in 2014. Mike then returned to his hometown of Pomeroy where he joyfully reconnected to the community until he was moved to an assisted living facility with Alzheimer's.
He loved the outdoors where he spent time hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing, and golfing. He shared his love of fishing and golfing with his wife, Karen, and their grandkids. Mike was known for golfing year-round despite the inclement weather. He was an exceptional cook and enjoyed keeping up on the stock market and financial news in his spare time. When he returned to Pomeroy he volunteered at the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum. He was a life member and served as President for one year. He shared his vast knowledge of the local history and hosted guided tours of the area to guests.
Mike was a very independent and proud man. He was always willing to help others and loved meeting new people. He was a devoted husband, brother, and a loving father and family man.
Mike is survived by his brother Bill Parlet of Melbourne Australia. His step-daughter Teresa Bradford of Monroe, WA. His step-son Nathan Bradford of Marysville, WA. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Alexa, Logan, Sophia, Mykayla, Ryder, Mavrik, and great-granddaughter Presley as well as his nieces and nephew of Perth Australia, Lauren, Janelle, and Mark.
His celebration of life will be held at 11:30 am on October 4th at the Pomeroy Christian Church, 310 8th St, Pomeroy, WA 99347. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Pomeroy Christian Church or the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum.
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