Michael Douglas Arbon

31 Comments

  1. Mary Fletcher

    Dearest Betty & Norm,
    How sad to learn of your dear son Mike’s passing.
    The obituary was so beautiful!
    Thanks for including me in those who would care and send thoughts of love and sympathy in the now absent loved one.
    Grateful we are for special memories that will live in in our hearts forever.
    I send you sweet love and special tender hugs to you.
    Your friend forever!! Mary Fletcher

  2. Jean Eldredge

    So sorry to get this news. What a brilliant, caring, and devoted son and friend. It is bitter-sweet. It’s not the way we plan it to be when our children are little. He leaves you a great legacy of love for all –
    We hope he finds joy in getting acquainted with his brother, James and in the relief from the burden of his ‘broken’ earthly body. It is amazing how many ways there are for our bodies to fail us.
    Our love and prayers go your way – a friend who lost her husband a few months ago shared this just today. I thought it beautifully said –

    A limb has fallen from the family tree.
    I keep hearing a voice that says, “Don’t grieve for me.
    Remember the best times, the laughter, the song
    The good life I lived while I was strong.
    Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
    Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
    My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
    Remembering all – I truly was blessed.
    Continue traditions, no matter how small.
    Go on with your life – Remember – Stand tall.
    I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin
    Until the day comes we’re together again.”

    Our love and prayers go to you all – thank you for being family – Jean and Burr

  3. Tom & Loretta Jewkes

    Dear Betty, Norm & family:
    Our deepest sympathy on Mike’s passing. What a wonderful “Nature Human” Mike was. I was overwhelmed at his many talents.
    God Bless,
    Tom & Loretta

  4. Sally Arbon McDowell

    Norm and Betty,

    My heart breaks to hear this news. I believe he gave love and happiness to those around him. I will be thinking of you and the family at this difficult time.

  5. Susie Salem

    Mike was an amazing person I only saw love and light shine from him ✨ every time we says each other hugs and kisses were exchanged he will be missed and may he RIP……my friend

  6. Pete & Barbara Bradt son to be proud of. Your obituary was so informative and loving. What a travesty. So hay you notified us

    Dear Betty & Norm

    We are so sorry to hear about your son. He sounds like a fine young man. Your obituary was very interesting as well as loving. Thank you for including us in the notification. Hope you and Norm are well. Please stay in touch. Again our condolences.

  7. Sean and Jen Riley

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We cannot imagine what you are going through. His obituary was so very touching. It is not surprising he was such an amazing person coming from such a wonderful family! Let us know if we can help you in any way.

    Love always,
    The Riley’s (Sean, Jen, Aidan and Kevin)

  8. Jennifer Swanson

    Mike will be missed by me. I’ve known him since 1971 and was always a good hearted guy. Even though he was ailing, he could take a few minutes to ask me if I was doing okay, or if I wanted to talk about what was wrong. I remember back in high school when we stuck together in standing up for ourselves against Mr. Ward. He was a good friend…for decades. He is missed by many, I’m positive. Rest in Peace with Love…Jenny

  9. Dave Headden

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Mike and I were best of friends in our elementary school days, staying connected through the college years at Fort Lewis College. Mike was one of the most gifted persons ever known. Whether it was his intelligence, his charm and friendship, or pure wit, Mike always made folks around him seem special. May God Bless Mike and hold him close. And God Bless to the Arbon family and friends.

  10. Dennie & Evelyn Brandon

    We will miss Mike a great deal, when we were all younger and living in Moab, Utah, Mike and his brother Greg spent time with us, visiting, hiking and exploring the canyons in the Moab area. He had a great interest in the different rocks and loved to collect a few, along with chasing lizards,. climbing and decending the walls of some of the canyons, taking care not to harm anything. The boys loved to drive Uncle Dennie’s old Scout on the flat land with help. Mike was a caring person, giving and making people feel comfortable around him. Love Uncle Dennie and Aunt Evelyn

  11. Dennie & Evelyn Brandon

    We will miss Mike very much. When Mike and his brother Greg were younger they use to spend time with us in Moab, Utah. Mike loved to climb and decend the canyons and search for rocks and chase lizards. Later when he was a little older we spent time in Joe’s Valley, he loved to drive Uncle Dennie’s old Scout on the flat lands with assistance. I remember his great smile which was always present Mike was a great guy making people feel comfortable. God Bless you Micheal and your family.
    Love Uncle Dennie and Aunt Evelyn

  12. Heidi Albrecht

    Mike and I took many of the same classes in high school, and throughout the years together we bonded as classmates but soon got separated for laughing and giggling RIP my dear friend

  13. Alice Jackson Bush

    Wow! I am just surprised and saddened. I remember sitting next to Mike in middle school. He was always kind and friendly. Then of course high school. I loved all his photos and his love of the outdoors. I will think olf him each time I look at the mountain peaks. Blessings and peace to all of you with your loss. A beautiful tribute written for Mike.

  14. Sharon Christy

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Of all the kids that grew up together in our old neighborhood, Mike was always one of my favorites. He had such a sweet and kind disposition and an enormous, caring heart.

  15. Cathy Bertolin (Trudell)

    Arbon Family,
    My mom emailed us kids and let us know and about this site. I was flown
    back to high school in seconds. Mike would walk with me home and we
    would talk about our lives. I remember all the basketball games at Dave Headden’s house and the motor cycle ride that we snuck out and took. I am very sad for you. It was always so easy to talk with him. I believe he cared more for others than he did himself. Beautiful soul.

  16. Suzanne & Dan Meehan

    Norm, Betty, and Michelle,
    So sorry to hear about Mike. I know this was expected, but still never any easier. You are such a great family, he was blessed to have you all by his side. It is not a battle that is easy to fight. I hope you find solace in the happy memories

  17. Claudia Hunter

    I remember all of the cousins getting together…I can still hear the excitement in Mike’s voice when he talked about the things he loved…..what happy memories. It is true, “There Is no such place as far away”. Mike will always live in our hearts. My heart and prayers go out to all of you, now and for always.

  18. Anita & Larry Trudell

    Betty and Norm
    Just want to let you know that it was a big “lump” to swallow when we heard this news. It hurts to know that some-one so young and promising (with such a good soul) is now gone . He has left an imprint on us however and we are better off for having known him. Take care of yourselves knowing he was loved by many. Mark, Cathy, Sherri & David want to send their condolences as well. Take care.

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Life Stories

Michael Douglas Arbon

In Loving Memory

Born:
November 22, 1960 :: LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Passed Away:
February 15, 2015 :: Denver, Coloraro

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Michael Douglas Arbon (Mike) passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 after suffering for over 5 years with end stage liver disease (ESLD) as a result of earlier life struggles with addiction. In the last 5 years of Mikes’ life, he focused his energy on doing whatever was needed to stay as healthy as he could, and because of this he was able to survive far longer than expected. Despite addiction and end stage liver disease, Mike had so many beautiful qualities that were never completely taken away.

Mike had a passion for the outdoors and was avid in mountaineering and the knowledge of the minerals that make up our mountains. He had a beautiful collection of minerals that he had discovered over the years, and a wealth of information about each and every precious stone on display. Mike spent time hiking, camping, exploring and climbing mountains in Canada and Colorado. He took thousands of breathtaking pictures of his mountain explorations.

Another of Mikes’ passions was music. Mike had an impressive, eclectic, wide ranging collection of music and was steeped with knowledge and trivia related to so many musicians and bands. During one of his many visits to the E.R., he struck up a conversation about the Beatles with a nurse caring for him. The nurse enjoyed hearing the obscure Beatles trivia that Mike had to offer up. This type of banter was a gift of Mikes. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and make people laugh, even when he was so sick.

Mike loved food and was an amazing cook. He was always making up some sort of homemade soup, stew, green chile – you name it, he made it. He enjoyed feeding his friends, and they enjoyed being fed by Mike! As his friend Alex said, Mike liked to feed the neighborhood.

Mike was so incredibly smart. He was a voracious reader and had an entire wall of books. For Mike, knowledge and the pursuit of learning something new was exhilarating and nurturing to his soul. One of the symptoms of end stage liver disease is hepatic encephalopathy, which essentially poisons the brain. Mike became more and more confused as the disease progressed, but his ability to consume information was still there to the very end. He would converse with his doctors about his disease and they were always taken aback at his ability to understand the minute details of his disease.

Mike attended college at Fort Lewis in Durango, CO and then moved back to Denver, where he resided for the remainder of his life.

Mike spent his life working in construction. He spent many years building houses and then moved into inspection work for houses being built and project management of house construction.

Mike was blessed with some wonderful friends who stuck with him when he became sick.

During the past 5 years Mike was forced to spend a lot of time at Denver Health Medical Center for frequent checkups from his care provider and far too many visits to the E.R. All of the staff at Denver Health were true angels on earth when caring for Mike. All of the nurses and doctors treated Mike with incredible dignity and respect. They listened, they did not judge, they were caring, they were patient, and their continuous goal was to make him well again. His family is forever grateful for the loving care he received.

We did not want to say goodbye to Mike. He brightened this world up with his wicked sense of humor, his beautiful, dancing eyes, his wonderful and witty brain, and his love. We will miss him forever.

Mike was born on November 22nd, 1960 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. He was 54 years old. He was surrounded by family during the final hours of his life and his mom was next to him until the very end. Mike was preceded in death by his brother James Norman Arbon. Mike is survived by his parents Norm and Betty Arbon, brother Greg Arbon (Beth Arbon), sister Michelle Huggins (Brian Huggins), nephews Graham Arbon, Luke Huggins and Connor Huggins, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Mike did not want a formal service but instead requested to be cremated and have his ashes spread in the mountains that he loved.

“I have passed the mountain peak and my soul is soaring in the firmament of
complete and unbounded freedom; I am in comfort, I am in peace.”
– Kahlil Gibran

31 Online Guestbook Entries

  1. Mary Fletcher

    Dearest Betty & Norm,
    How sad to learn of your dear son Mike’s passing.
    The obituary was so beautiful!
    Thanks for including me in those who would care and send thoughts of love and sympathy in the now absent loved one.
    Grateful we are for special memories that will live in in our hearts forever.
    I send you sweet love and special tender hugs to you.
    Your friend forever!! Mary Fletcher

  2. Jean Eldredge

    So sorry to get this news. What a brilliant, caring, and devoted son and friend. It is bitter-sweet. It’s not the way we plan it to be when our children are little. He leaves you a great legacy of love for all –
    We hope he finds joy in getting acquainted with his brother, James and in the relief from the burden of his ‘broken’ earthly body. It is amazing how many ways there are for our bodies to fail us.
    Our love and prayers go your way – a friend who lost her husband a few months ago shared this just today. I thought it beautifully said –

    A limb has fallen from the family tree.
    I keep hearing a voice that says, “Don’t grieve for me.
    Remember the best times, the laughter, the song
    The good life I lived while I was strong.
    Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
    Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
    My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
    Remembering all – I truly was blessed.
    Continue traditions, no matter how small.
    Go on with your life – Remember – Stand tall.
    I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin
    Until the day comes we’re together again.”

    Our love and prayers go to you all – thank you for being family – Jean and Burr

  3. Tom & Loretta Jewkes

    Dear Betty, Norm & family:
    Our deepest sympathy on Mike’s passing. What a wonderful “Nature Human” Mike was. I was overwhelmed at his many talents.
    God Bless,
    Tom & Loretta

  4. Sally Arbon McDowell

    Norm and Betty,

    My heart breaks to hear this news. I believe he gave love and happiness to those around him. I will be thinking of you and the family at this difficult time.

  5. Susie Salem

    Mike was an amazing person I only saw love and light shine from him ✨ every time we says each other hugs and kisses were exchanged he will be missed and may he RIP……my friend

  6. Pete & Barbara Bradt son to be proud of. Your obituary was so informative and loving. What a travesty. So hay you notified us

    Dear Betty & Norm

    We are so sorry to hear about your son. He sounds like a fine young man. Your obituary was very interesting as well as loving. Thank you for including us in the notification. Hope you and Norm are well. Please stay in touch. Again our condolences.

  7. Sean and Jen Riley

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We cannot imagine what you are going through. His obituary was so very touching. It is not surprising he was such an amazing person coming from such a wonderful family! Let us know if we can help you in any way.

    Love always,
    The Riley’s (Sean, Jen, Aidan and Kevin)

  8. Jennifer Swanson

    Mike will be missed by me. I’ve known him since 1971 and was always a good hearted guy. Even though he was ailing, he could take a few minutes to ask me if I was doing okay, or if I wanted to talk about what was wrong. I remember back in high school when we stuck together in standing up for ourselves against Mr. Ward. He was a good friend…for decades. He is missed by many, I’m positive. Rest in Peace with Love…Jenny

  9. Dave Headden

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Mike and I were best of friends in our elementary school days, staying connected through the college years at Fort Lewis College. Mike was one of the most gifted persons ever known. Whether it was his intelligence, his charm and friendship, or pure wit, Mike always made folks around him seem special. May God Bless Mike and hold him close. And God Bless to the Arbon family and friends.

  10. Dennie & Evelyn Brandon

    We will miss Mike a great deal, when we were all younger and living in Moab, Utah, Mike and his brother Greg spent time with us, visiting, hiking and exploring the canyons in the Moab area. He had a great interest in the different rocks and loved to collect a few, along with chasing lizards,. climbing and decending the walls of some of the canyons, taking care not to harm anything. The boys loved to drive Uncle Dennie’s old Scout on the flat land with help. Mike was a caring person, giving and making people feel comfortable around him. Love Uncle Dennie and Aunt Evelyn

  11. Dennie & Evelyn Brandon

    We will miss Mike very much. When Mike and his brother Greg were younger they use to spend time with us in Moab, Utah. Mike loved to climb and decend the canyons and search for rocks and chase lizards. Later when he was a little older we spent time in Joe’s Valley, he loved to drive Uncle Dennie’s old Scout on the flat lands with assistance. I remember his great smile which was always present Mike was a great guy making people feel comfortable. God Bless you Micheal and your family.
    Love Uncle Dennie and Aunt Evelyn

  12. Heidi Albrecht

    Mike and I took many of the same classes in high school, and throughout the years together we bonded as classmates but soon got separated for laughing and giggling RIP my dear friend

  13. Alice Jackson Bush

    Wow! I am just surprised and saddened. I remember sitting next to Mike in middle school. He was always kind and friendly. Then of course high school. I loved all his photos and his love of the outdoors. I will think olf him each time I look at the mountain peaks. Blessings and peace to all of you with your loss. A beautiful tribute written for Mike.

  14. Sharon Christy

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Of all the kids that grew up together in our old neighborhood, Mike was always one of my favorites. He had such a sweet and kind disposition and an enormous, caring heart.

  15. Cathy Bertolin (Trudell)

    Arbon Family,
    My mom emailed us kids and let us know and about this site. I was flown
    back to high school in seconds. Mike would walk with me home and we
    would talk about our lives. I remember all the basketball games at Dave Headden’s house and the motor cycle ride that we snuck out and took. I am very sad for you. It was always so easy to talk with him. I believe he cared more for others than he did himself. Beautiful soul.

  16. Suzanne & Dan Meehan

    Norm, Betty, and Michelle,
    So sorry to hear about Mike. I know this was expected, but still never any easier. You are such a great family, he was blessed to have you all by his side. It is not a battle that is easy to fight. I hope you find solace in the happy memories

  17. Claudia Hunter

    I remember all of the cousins getting together…I can still hear the excitement in Mike’s voice when he talked about the things he loved…..what happy memories. It is true, “There Is no such place as far away”. Mike will always live in our hearts. My heart and prayers go out to all of you, now and for always.

  18. Anita & Larry Trudell

    Betty and Norm
    Just want to let you know that it was a big “lump” to swallow when we heard this news. It hurts to know that some-one so young and promising (with such a good soul) is now gone . He has left an imprint on us however and we are better off for having known him. Take care of yourselves knowing he was loved by many. Mark, Cathy, Sherri & David want to send their condolences as well. Take care.

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