Michael Truman Sharp, passed away March 2, 2023 in his home in Logan, Utah. He was the oldest of seven children born to Martha Archibald Glenn and John Truman Sharp in his family home in Wellsville, Utah on September 24, 1943. His entrance into this world was almost dismissed as he lay lifeless while his mother was attended to. His grandmother saw him move, and got him breathing. From that moment on he has been filled with life, love and a true compassion for all those around him and everyone he met.
As he grew up in Cache Valley Utah and Preston Idaho, he made friends and caused mischief along the way. He attended Preston High School, followed by a year at Utah State before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Eastern Canadian Mission. Upon his return he continued his studies in food science, and a healthy social life leading him to the love of his life, Nina Mae Siggard from Brigham City who was also attending USU.
Their love story began with a blind date in the middle of midterms. They hit it off the first evening, and spent as much time together as they could after that. It was his enthusiasm for life and his energy that was so attractive to her. He loved her beauty and compassion for others. He said “You know it's really love when you look at her in the temple and you say, ‘look at that beauty’, she is my partner, and she takes good care of me.”
Together they created a life filled with love, children, challenges, and adventure. They have 8 children, 7 girls and 1 boy, expanding to 35 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild and still growing. Mike was a man of many big ideas and a passion for new adventure that steered their lives to job opportunities and accomplishments ranging from working at General Mills, real estate sales and ventures, an import business, property development, and more. He loved family time with vacations, such as house boating on Lake Powell, road trips, camping, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his brothers out on the ranch branding cattle. Horses were a tremendous part of this identity, he was a cowboy at heart, loved to race horses in chariot races, and just taking care of them. He was a well rounded man that had a contagious love for life that was felt by all. He could start an idea and sell you on it before you knew what happened, he had a reassuring confidence about him that made you feel safe and that everything would work out. He loved coaching his children's athletic teams, as well as playing on some himself with co-workers. Fixing up a house, or working on a project around their home were common activities. Teaching his children to work and encircling their friends or others to help, was a well ingrained trait he often shared. Maintaining friendships with those he met was a top priority.
Mike’s boundless example of service was never limited to the walls of worship, he served in multiple capacities in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, as well as in the communities in which he lived. He served in politics as state legislature in Idaho, where he helped pass a bill for the right to work. He served on the board of the Children’s Therapy Center in Kent, WA. Going above and beyond often happened when serving his ministering families, clients, and friends. His example of service reflected his love for the Savior and desire to share this love with others. Missionary work and selflessness were part of him, as he continued to serve as a service missionary at the bishop storehouse for several years. He was a man of second chances, who always gave the benefit of the doubt to others, spoke kindly of everyone, and gave to those in need. There were many times our dinner table, family vacations, or other events included invitations for others to join us.
Mike was forced to enter early retirement when he had a massive stroke in March of 2008, leaving him unable to pursue the many adventures he was involved in. With many changes in their personal life following his stroke, they returned to Cache Valley to be near their roots. Once again making friends and associations that have surrounded them for the past 5 years until his death.
Mike’s death is preceded by his mother, father, and brother (Steven). Mike is survived by his dear wife Nina, siblings Ronald (Diane), Liz (Kyle) Casper, Ivan (Lisa), Polly (William) Kennedy, Zan (Vivian), his children Michele (Curtis) Hooley, Jamie (Patrick) Chaney, Carolee (Todd) Brown, John (Amanda), Linda (Wade) Marler, Jan (Joe) Parker, Camille (Ryan) Cook, Karen (Erik) Vach, 35 grand children, and 1 great grandchild: Michael, Shannon (Taylor), Eric (Brooklynn), Julia, Jessica, Steven, Wyatt, Easton, Hadlee, Hannah, Jacob, Addison, Ella, Tessa, Spencer, Kaleb, Brycen, Grant, Emmett, Annabel (Chase), Dallin, Sydney, Justin, Elise, Davis, Truman, Evelyn, Trevor, Tyson, Tanner, Trenton, Trace, and Greyson.
Funeral services honoring Mike will be held on Saturday, March 11 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Dry Canyon Ward LDS Church located at 1350 Eastridge Drive, Logan Utah. Visitation will be held that morning beginning at 9:30 am. Services will be under the direction of Allen-Hall Mortuary, Logan, Utah. To attend virtually, click the Zoom link below (password: Sharp).