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John Michael Unfred

July 6, 1962 - October 13, 2017

Mike passed away of a heart attack at his home in Salem,  Oregon.  He was born in 1962 in Dayton, Ohio to Dr. John and Glenna Unfred.  His family moved to Springfield, Oregon where he attended Yolanda Elementary, Briggs Junior High and  Thurston High School.  Summers included Boy Scout camps Baker and Melakwa, the University of Oregon Sports Camp and later, life guarding at Scout camps and the Elks Club pool. While at Thurston Mike played tuba in the marching band and was on the wrestling team.  He was active in Boy Scout Troop 179 and earned the Eagle Scout award.  
    Mike attended Willamette University in Salem. During those years he spent a semester at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.  He was awarded his BA degree in 1984 and continued on at the Willamette  University Law School for his law degree.  Mike served in the United States Air Force as Captain and Judge Advocate/Chief Prosecutor.  Following his years in the service he returned to Salem where he established his law practice.
    Mike was a member of the Salem Sunset Rotary Club, served as president and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was active on the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol, was a National Thoroughbred Racing Association Racing Official,  a Criminal Justice Instructor and sang with the Festival Chorale.
    Michael loved living in the country where he kept horses, a small flock of sheep and bees. His Chocolate Lab, Sophie, was a friend who even accompanied him to work at his office.  He was an excellent father who treasured his children.  Mike was adventurous, loved to read and,  as  his son says, was always up “to general tomfoolery”. His family and his many friends remember his loyalty, his generosity, his kindness and his loving spirit.
    Mike was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his step-mother Toni, his children Glenna and Joseph, his brother Steven, sisters Amy and Kristina and his dear friend and partner Karen as well as Uncle Dwight, Aunt Rhoda and many cousins.
    Michael was recently confirmed in the Catholic Church. There will be a Funeral Mass and Memorial Service on Saturday, November 18th at 10:30 am, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 721 Chemeketa NE, Salem, OR 97301

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 Michael was known to me only by the reflection of his love manifested in Karen. He made her shine. He will be missed.

I agree with Robin. I feel like I knew Michael because of Karen's love for him. Through Karen, he was ever present and always will be. I stand with you during this time of deep loss. 

Mike was a good friend. I knew him through Ski Patrol for 10 years. He was a great mentor, someone I could call anytime. I will treasure the days we spent together chatting in the first aid room and on the phone when I worked in Salem. 
I was shocked when I heard of his passing, and hope his family can come to peace. This is a difficult time for all of us.
Mike Anderson

I only knew Mike a little as a new patroller but the days I had with him were fun, he was gentle, funny, and we shared a love of animals in real life and on Facebook.  The world and our patrol are diminished by his absence. 

My love and sincere condolences to his loving family.  May you be comforted in his legacy and memory.

Matt Wood
MHSP #1768

Mike was always very friendly and well liked on MHSP. Our thoughts are with his family. Sincerely, Meg and Jim Tripp

I've know Mike since he joined the Mt. Hood Ski Patrol. I always enjoyed patrolling with him and his quiet thoroughness. i will miss him greatly. My condolences to all his family. 
John Howard. 

I was on Ski Patrol with Mike.  He and I patrolled together at Timberline.  He encouraged me to become a supervisor, so I did.  He was always a light in the first aid room.  Always talked about his kids and how he loved living in the country.  He spirit will be missed.  Gone at such a young age is very hard on family.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you remember and treasure the time you had with Mike.  Blessings to you all.
Krista Reyes

Mike and I served at Timberline together. He was a warm soul and a trusted patroler. I'm so sad to hear we have had our final sweep. Grieve well, MaryJean Williams MHSP 1542

Michael and I patrolled together. He was the kind of man you could respect and  was great to just be around.  Mike was more generous than about anyone I've ever met.  He held on to those things of this world with a loose rein and I am heartened to see that he finished well.  You will be missed friend.

Darren Wertz

I too have fond memories of Mike,he was a pleasure to work with and ski with. Mike will be very much missed! David Hornibrook MHSPAS 68

Mike was a wonderful member of Mt Hood Ski Patrol.  He has a wonderful heart of gold and I will miss him.

I worked with Mike on many Friday Nights at SkiBowl as a fellow MHSP comrade. Through the last 10 years, he helped me through a very troubling time at work. He gave me some very sage advice and was easily recognizable as someone who cared for those around him, was interested in what goings on may be, and was a very nice, humble and fun person to be around. I greatly admired this man and wish there were more like him. I am very sorry that I found out late about his passing. I will miss him and look back at our times fondly. I am so sorry for the loss to his family and friends, my thoughts and prayers are with you and I am and will be forever grateful that I got to know such a man as he. Michael is a someone that you could tell, always aimed to improve the quality of life for those around him. A legacy I hope to continue.