Michael Reber Hale, age 63, of Tempe, Arizona passed away quietly while sitting with his sweet wife on Sunday evening, April 29, 2018.
Michael was born in Salt Lake City, UT on March 14, 1955 to Aaron Hale and Meryl Reber. He was a graduate of Arizona State University, where he studied accounting. He would later go on to become a Certified Public Accountant. Michael married his sweetheart, Sherilyn Wheeler, in the Mesa, Arizona LDS Temple on December 30, 1976. Together they built a loving and supportive family of 7 children, and 34 grandchildren.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his sweet and loving daughter, Season Joy Barnett (Ian).
He is survived by his wife, Sherilyn (Wheeler) Hale; his six children, Aaron Hale (Becky), Summer Schlink (Nathan), Autumn Crawford (Jason), Spring Theobald (Cory), Winter Freebairn (Kyle), and Rainy Christensen (Brandon); and his siblings, Rob Hale (Lorna), Ellaree Ollinger (Rod), Carol VanLoo (Jim), and Lisa Thompson (Jerry).
Michael had a love of music, sports, and the outdoors. Throughout his life, he used these interests to meaningfully serve others. This lifelong love of service is what defined him, and he and Sheri instilled this into their children. Michael was a kind-hearted and gentle man who could see the good in others, and worked tirelessly to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He devoted much of his service to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Through this service, he taught the people of Mexico, he mentored and led several groups of young men in scouting ventures, and he led large organizations as an ecclesiastical leader. With each new opportunity to serve, Michael would devote himself to leaving things better than he found them. Despite his earnest service to others, he always found the time to show his family that they were the most important part of his life.
Michael leaves behind a lasting legacy of kindness, hard work, and of Christ-like love for all men and women. He will be missed by hundreds, as his efforts throughout his life to minister to God’s children have been far-reaching.
Thank you, Dad, for all the goodness you brought into our lives. We will wait patiently until we meet again.
Michael’s visitation is being held Friday evening, May 4, 2018 at the Lakeshore LDS Chapel (6001 S. Lakeshore Dr. Tempe, AZ) from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Funeral services will be held at the same location on Saturday morning, May 5, 2018 at 10:00am. Flowers can be sent to Bunker’s Garden Chapel (33 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201).