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Michael Clark Grimshaw

March 25, 1956 - August 3, 2020

Michael Clark GrimshawMichael Clark Grimshaw was born 25 March 1956 in San Jose, California to Marlene Claire Ashton and Charles Hamilton Grimshaw. The family soon moved to Carmel, where Mike spent many happy years exploring tide pools, building forts in the woods, flying down hills on his brakeless 10-speed that was much too large for him, and many other adventures. Given the nature of some of those exploits, it is a wonder that he survived to adulthood.

When Mike was about 12 years old, the family moved back to San Jose where he spent the rest of his growing up years. He had a good group of friends and lettered in track and cross country.  Always a hard worker, Mike had a paper route, worked in a pizza parlor, and began his long career in construction.

When it came time to go off to Ricks College, Mike left home with less than $100 in his pocket. He soon found a job and a place to live. After completing his first year of college, he left to serve a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama.

After completing his mission, Mike began his education at Brigham Young University, majoring in construction management. He worked his way through school, sometimes taking semesters off to return home to work in order to earn enough money to return to school. Mike graduated from BYU in 1983 and married Arel Marcum on 21 October 1983 in the Oakland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mike and Arel lived in the Santa Cruz, California area for 3 years before moving on to Salem.

Mike and Arel bought their first house for $19,000 which Mike used to say was worth every penny, meaning it was a piece of garbage. He tore it down to the studs and began a years-long remodel, which was slowed by the rapid arrival of their first two long awaited children. Those two children arrived within the space of 6 months of each other. It was a busy time! Through years of hard work when he had the time and/or we had the money, Mike transformed that "blight of the neighborhood" house into a lovely, memory filled home.

Mike always worked so hard to support his family.  Even with all of the hard work, he always had time to lend a helping hand, a sympathetic and nonjudgmental ear, and  to give kind and wise counsel. Mike was a kind and loving husband and father, and he was so much fun. He has left us with so many wonderful memories and we look forward to the day when we can be together again.

Mike was a talented craftsman who was so concerned with quality that he did not have employees, preferring to do the work himself so that he was sure it was done correctly.  He carried that craftsmanship into the beautiful home he built by hand himself for his family.

 Mike loved to hike and began a yearly tradition of solo backpacking 150 mile sections of the Pacific Crest Trail each summer. He was in the planning stages for this year's trek when he received his cancer diagnosis.

Four years ago, Mike and Arel decided to take the leap and serve a mission together for the Church. They had long planned on serving when they were a bit older, but things fell into place unexpectedly and they took the chance. They were called to serve in the Micronesia Guam Mission. They spent their first year in Chuuk and the last months in Guam. They loved the people there and felt loved in return. It was a life changing experience. In the last few months, Mike spoke many times of how glad he was that they were able to serve that mission.

Mike was so well loved by so many. His family has received an outpouring of kind, memory filled messages. Mike truly cared about other people and had compassion for them. He had such a twinkle in his eye and was smart and funny and a great tease. He was also always a peacemaker, a natural diplomat. He understood people and knew how to approach them to find positive solutions to problems. Another of Mike's gifts was his ability to see so clearly what was most important in life. This gift also enabled him to plan, take on, and accomplish tasks that would be insurmountable to most. Mike was also a man of deep faith, a truly Christlike man who spent his life in loving service to others.
Mike unexpectedly died Monday morning, 3 August 2020. He had been battling cancer, but had been doing well on his new medication, and had high hopes for more time. We miss him terribly, but know that we will be together again. Mike was predeceased by his mother Marlene and is survived by his wife Arel, who loves him dearly, his son Tyler and his wife Leah, his daughter Megan, and his son Andrew. Mike is also survived by his father, Chuck Grimshaw of Keizer and his wife Deanna, his brother Chuck and his wife Nancy, his sister Yvonne, and his brother Greg and his wife Nida. Mike was also very much loved by his many nieces and nephews and his in-laws. He was a remarkable and loving man.  Because of the Covid situation, we will be having a graveside service at Miller Cemetery which is NE of Silverton on Thursday, August 13 at 11 am.  All are welcome.

Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Tom and I will forever treasure the opportunity to get to know Arel and Mike as we served as missionaries in the Guam/Micronesia mission. Mike could make us laugh, even in the most third world conditions.  The young missionaries adored him as he repaired bicycles, built things, and accompanied them on their teaching assignments.   He was always realistic and looking for solutions that would lighten the load of others.  Mike will be missed by his wife who loves him dearly, and his family and friends. His legacy is that of loyalty, faith, hard work, and kindness.  I know he is watching over Arel and his children and wanting them to be happy.  We love you Mike.
Wendy Deppe

Oh' the memories Mike, I, and our San Jose, CA group of friends made over our years together in middle school, high school (Go Eagles) and in college. I could tell story after story of "adventures" with Mike. Long bike rides, camping trips, 50 milers, car chases, pool parties, and on and on and on. Our last group get-together, just about 1 year ago, was extra special as we now look back. (photo attached) We all LOVE Mike, his humor, his love for life, love of God, and love for his family and friends. Our hearts go out to Arel and their kids, as well as Mike's dad and siblings, who are and will continue to be in our prayers. Darrell

Always will remember you, and us driving around in your little black VW!! So glad we had are reunion last year!! Your a good man and life will be sad without you !!

All My Love 
Jeanie Moore

Arel, We are so sorry for your separation from Mike at this time. We will forever have fond memories of our friendship as we served in the Micronesia Guam Mission. We all loved being brought to Guam from the various islands we served on. One of the highlights of this time was getting to know both of you! Mike made us feel like we have always been friends. He also had a way of letting others know that everything will be just fine, thank you Mike! Mike had a calming influence on others. We loved his "down to earth", "common sense" attitude about things. The times I spoke to Mike after coming home from our missions, we expressed how grateful we are for the opportunity given to us to serve. We have been blessed for the sacrifices we made to go when we did. We will eternally be connected with our experiences living on the Micronesian islands during our service. You guys will always have a special place in our hearts and memories. We love you both! Kevin & Gloria Moss

Micronesia Guam Mission Memory

We so enjoyed our time with you and Mike on our mission. Our every 4 to 6 months senior conferences on Guam were such fun! I think our planning the first ever treks in Pohnpei and Chuuk was one of the biggest highlights. Mike's expertise sure helped with the building of your "hand carts." We are so thankful that you listened to the Spirit and chose to serve a mission. We are so thankful to have rubbed shoulders with you two. Condolences Grimshaw family and especially to you, Arel.

Such a beautiful tribute.  We loved Mike and You, Tyler, Megan and Andrew.  We are here for you at any time. Big hug from the Workman family.

Oh how we have loved the Grimshaw family. You will always be in our prayers. Every time Roger works in his little shop, he will be reminded of Mikes kindness as he works with the wood Mike gave him. May God give you peace and comfort.

My memories of Mike include waking up in the hospital and seeing Mike and Arel standing by my bed.  They came more than than once, and always had a smile that brightened my day.  The world is a better place for Mike's gentle ways and loving spirit.

Arel and family, Keep your hearts warm with memories of Mike I will always remember as a child the knock on my parents front door. I would answer the door and it was Mike. Out of his mouth came the words “collecting” He was there to collect the money for his news paper route. RIP Mike

Our Dear Sister, Arel, Oh how we wanted to be with you and hug you and tell you face to face of our love for you and Mike. He is a Great and Kind 
man.  We look forward to seeing you again soon and bring our love in person.
May you feel of our love and prayers.
May you be blessed and comforted by the Holy Spirit and your favorite angel, Mike.
with love,
Wanda and Mike Poston

Such a terrible loss for all of us. Mike was always so ready to help me out of problems I seemed to get into. Construction, electricity, plumbing. You name it, he could help out. He was a wonderful addition to our family when he and Arel married. Hugs to all of you and will see you tomorrow. Love Donna and Karen

Chris and I are really  sad that Mike passed away. I have the best memories of him, most of which are from times when he was helping other people. He never missed a move, a remodel, a repair, or just a a push out of the ditch. Mike was there every time. He was a kind man who kept his own counsel. When he talked you knew that he meant what he said and that it was right. He helped young people, old people and anyone who needed it. I needed his help many times and he always cheerfully helped me. We will miss him and send our condolences to Arel, Megan, Andrew and Tyler. What a great family. We love you all.

Mike may have been a quiet man. But his actions spoke loudly of his Faith and for his love of his family and fellow man. I am thankful for the humor that he often brightened our days with.

Our love and prayers for your family at this time. Thinking of you-Nate and Colleen Brown

We have thought about you and your family constantly since we heard of Mike’s passing, with such great affection. We have wanted to call and express our love and concern but instead have tried to respect your time to grieve. Know that you are loved and in our prayers. 
Tom and Julie Darling

I definitely feel like Mike was one of my long lost uncles! I grew up listening to the thrilling, hilarious, and adventurous stories of Mike and my dad, John Bergener.  Every story my dad would tell reminiscing his time growing up in San Jose and his time at Ricks, Mike was always mentioned!   I am so sorry for your loss and I know my dad was there to give him a HUGE welcoming hug! Love and prayers from Jodi Bergener Green, daughter of John and Cindy Bergener