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Michael Reber Hale

03/14/1955 - 04/29/2018
Service Date: 05/05/2018
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6001 South Lakeshore Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85283
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201

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).




  • Michael was truly a great person! My heart and prayer goes out to the Hale family.

  • Luke Wiscombe

    A true pillar to so many of us. His impact is far-reaching. Many of us are forever indebted to him for his great example. “You da man!”

  • Steven & Charlene Elcoco

    So sorry to hear of the passing of a great man. We spent some fun times on scouting activities and I’ll never forget him swimming in the canal for excercise. Truly a renaissance man and great parent. Our hearts go out to your family.

  • Aislynn Wheeler Allen

    Our deepest, most heartfelt sympathy and love to Sheri and kids as y’all mourn the passing of a noble father, husband, grandfather and person! To know his was to love him! So grateful to call him family! We love you all!

  • Norma Peralta

    My sincere condolences for your great loss. It is never easy when we lose someone we love. Please take good care of your mother. May your treasured memories bring your family joy in the months and years to come.

    Norma Peralta

  • Carrie Barnett

    Condolences from some Barnett cousins. It is wonderful to read all the tributes to Brother Hale, and knowing Season gives insight into her parents and the wonderful people that they are. Prayers are being sent for your peace at this time.

  • Sandy (Reber) and Jim Hausladen

    Sheri, we were so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. Our love and prayers are with you and the entire family. Michael was a great man, always kind and sincerely interested in the happiness of others. He was a great example of Christ like love and service. Sadness for awhile and rejoicing on the other side. His gentleness will be missed. He “rode Boldly through this life” and found an abundance of happiness, love, life and family.

    “Gaily bedight, A gallant knight, In Sunshine and in shadow, Had journeyed long, Singling a song, In search of Eldorado. But he grew old- This knight so bold- and o’re his heart a shadow fell as he found No spot of ground Thant looked like Eldorado. And, as his strength failed him at length, He met a pilgrim shadow- “Shadow,” said he, “Where can it be- This land of Eldorado?” “Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride,” The shade replied'”If you seek for Eldorado!” – Poe

  • Gordon & Janis Hall

    Dear Sheri and family, A book could be written about how Mike blessed other’s lives! We could write several chapters, but the latest was how he ingeniously devised a system for the temple workers to arrange substitutes and trades. We know it is just one of the countless ways he found to build the kingdom of God on the earth. And now he will build it in heaven. “Wherefore, may the kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven may come.” (D&C 65:6) May you know of our great love for all of you and our prayers – until that happy day when you are with him eternally. Love, The Hall Family

  • Kent and Barbara Dibble

    We extend our love to you at this difficult time. Truly a righteous man and family. So thankful that Families are Forever.

  • Mary D. Gainey

    Mike was my Hometeacher for many years. He always gave great, loving, and sincere advice. If I had followed them all, I wud have avoided certain miseries in my life. He was always kind, patient and available, no matter what. I shall truly miss our visits and friendship. He really took great care of his family and was loyal and faithful to all of his duties.

  • Connie L onghurst Rogers

    May You feel Gods love and comfort. I’ve been praying for your family. Mike was a giant of a man and such a great example. Hugs to Sherrie and the family. Remember what you said to me at the Temple Sherrie when you were talking about our kids who have gone ahead of us. They finished their work and Mike has too. Love you “Carry On”

  • Rodney R Cluff

    Bro Hale will be missed deeply by those of us that had the privilege of working with him in the Gilbert Temple Saturday Third shift. Thank you Sis Hale.

  • Arleen Woolf Wilson

    We were so saddened to hear of Michael’s passing. My husband and I always enjoyed visiting with him, these last few years, when we saw him in the Gilbert Temple. He was truly a gentle, kind and great man. Our prayers and thoughts are with your entire family at this time.
    Sincerely with love,
    Mike and Arleen Wilson

  • Robert and Chris Packard

    How our hearts have hurt for you this week, Sheri and family. We were heartbroken to miss Mike’s services – in Michigan babysitting grandchildren. We have such lovely and fun memories of the two of you dating back to the early years. Great times together. What I will probably remember best is his happy laugh and easy delight in good things. A gentle great soul and wonderful goodness to many. Our love to you all.

  • The world has lost a brilliant man. God rest his soul.

  • Dory Pemberton

    So hard to believe he is gone. Mike became my home teacher last year. He is an inspiration and so kind. He took me to see one of my favorite musicals,Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat and it was so much fun. I will truly miss him and that wonderful heart felt smile with his gentle voice.

  • Anco and Linda Blazev

    At first I thought this is one of Mike’s jokes… Alas, it was not! Mike left us in a hurry, and is no longer with us. We will miss your always present smile, cowboy stride, and kind words. And, of course, all your racquetball buddies miss you too. Rest in peace, Mike, we know the good Lord has a special place for you in His kingdom.

  • Barbara Mosher Wanlass

    I only knew Mike in high school and remember him exactly as others have described him. A kind person and friend to all. He had no guile but was genuinely good to the core. That’s how I remember him.

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