Our beloved son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend passed away early Wednesday morning October 7th after a courageous 6-year battle with cancer. Michael was born under Jack Raymond Wilkey and Joyce Adelle Wilson July 6, 1961. He was the oldest of three boys and was a good brother.
He enjoyed spending time with his family while fishing, shooting, camping, tubing the Weber river and hiking during warm weather. He would often watch his children “bust each other’s chops” and smile. The family would often get together for dinners at a steakhouse or BBQs. In the fall he would enjoy Utes games at the stadium. He was able to attend a NASCAR race with his brother Richard and niece Jennifer which was a lifelong dream. He was a self-taught electronics technician. He loved to repair electronics, engines, and machines.
Michael had a big heart and would do anything for the people he loved and cared about. He loved his children and spoiled his 9 grandchildren who lovingly referred to him as “Papa Zuey”. He worked very hard for his family as a Network Administrator at Comcast for the past 25 years. Mike was also a self-taught musician with a love for music. While still in junior high, Mike was chosen to play his trombone in a U. S. Bicentennial Celebration in Philadelphia July 4, 1976. He honorably represented the Kearns High Marching Band two days before his 15th birthday. While still a teenager, he rebuilt his '68 Camaro and created his own electronics lab in the cellar. Mike thrived on learning new concepts and ideas.
He was survived by his mother Joyce Buck; brothers Richard Wilkey and Ronald Wilkey; children Michael Bryant, Jenilee Wilkey (Collin Cooper), TJ Wilkey, Dustin Wilkey, and Josh Wilkey; and grandchildren Lori Bryant, Jason Bryant, Ashton Bryant, Destynie Bryant, Preston Bryant, KayLee Bryant, Sophia Despain, Abby Wilkey, and Haylie Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his father Jack Raymond Wilkey; and sons Jason Bryant and Matthew Bryant.
Viewings will be held Friday, October 9th from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and Saturday, October 10th from 10:00 to 10:45 am, at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road Taylorsville, Utah. Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Masks must be worn.
At this time, we ask that only family attend funeral services Saturday. All are welcome for a short graveside service, Elysian Burial Gardens, 1075 East 4580 South, Millcreek, Utah, Saturday at 12:00 pm.
Services will be streamed and may be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/466902288
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