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Melvin Larry Mickelsen

Melvin Larry Mickelsen

Male 1935 - 2010  (75 years)

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  • Name Melvin Larry Mickelsen 
    Born 30 Apr 1935  Cresent, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Nov 2010  Parker, Douglas, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Melvin Larry Mickelsen 1935 ~ 2010 Melvin Larry Mickelsen, (known as Larry or Mel), passed away at his home in Parker, CO, on November 22nd. Mel was born in Crescent, UT on April 30th 1935 to Adolph James Mickelsen and Ellen Nelson. He spent his childhood working on the family farm learning self-reliance, resilience, determination and hard work. In 1957 Mel received his BA from the University of Utah; majoring in History, minoring in Political Science, and married JoeAnn Webb of Midvale, UT on November 23rd that same year. Mel loved history and taught American History in Magna, UT, Baltimore and Colorado Springs. He earned his MA from the University of Colorado in Education Administration in 1966. A hard core admirer of FDR, he firmly believed in the dignity of work and in justice and the rights of the working person. As a teacher, he focused those beliefs on teachers and co-founded the Colorado Springs Teachers Association, (CSTA), 1967. In 1972, he was hired by the Colorado Education Association, (CEA), as the Director of Bargaining, a job he loved and thrived in. Mel is credited as being the driving force behind the establishment of collective-bargaining for teachers in the state of Colorado. He was a mentor for bargainers, staff and leaders throughout Colorado school districts. The CEA Diamond Bargaining Award, was renamed the Mel Mickelsen Diamond Bargaining Award in recognition of his work and dedication to teachers and bargaining. He is the only employee to be so honored. Mel enjoyed a good laugh, W.C. Fields, Jack Benny and Victor Borge, the movies; especially old ones, Willie Nelson, Lena Horn, camping and fishing, travel, visiting historic sites, the National Parks, dogs, working with his hands and gardening. And he loved his wife and best friend Joe, who passed in May. He was a great man and father. His kindness, sense of humor, patience, intelligent wisdom and advice, thoughtfulness, as well as his smile and laughter are much missed by all who knew and loved him: daughters Cary Mickelsen and Jill Lakovich Mickelsen, grandson Joseph Milan Lakovich, brothers Lee and Reid Mickelsen and sisters Arlene Moore and Lorene Mark. Brothers Ray and Gordon Mickelsen preceded him in death. A memorial celebration of Mel's life will be held at the Parker Seniors' Center, 10675 S. Longs Way, Parker, Sunday, January 9th, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to: The National Trust for Historic Preservation, www.preservationnation.org/donate, PBS, or National Parks Conservation Association, www.npca.org. The family would like to send its sincere and heartfelt thanks to Julie Westenberger, Dr. Jeffrey Wallace and staff at the Seniors Center at the University of Colorado Hospital, the South Team at the Denver Hospice, and for the attention, care and kindness given to Mel over the years.
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    Person ID I14184  Henry Grow Family
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2013 

    Family Joe Ann Webb,   b. 4 Nov 1932, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 2010, Murray, Salt Lake, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 22 Nov 1957 
    Children 
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    Melvin Larry Michelsen
    Melvin Larry Michelsen
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F4920  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Melvin Larry Michelsen Photo
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