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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On November 11, 2016 @ 8:25 am In Obituary | 8 Comments


August 18, 1942 – November 8, 2016

Michael was fun-loving, full of life, compassion and humor.  His family came to Arizona in August of 1950 from Turley, Oklahoma.  He attended South Mountain High School and Scottsdale Community College, and served his country in the Army spending time in Korea.  Michael had a passion for singing, ballroom dancing, motorcycle riding, cowboy sharp-shooting as El Pavo Blanco, being with family and friends and never without a joke to tell.  He is preceded in death by his mother Vera, father William and two brothers Kenneth and William Jr.   He is survived by his wife Dale, daughters Mary and Jamie, sister Judy and brother Pat as well as grandchildren and adoring nieces and nephews.  Michael’s “life of the party” character is cherished by all who knew him.  After years of many health issues, Michael can now rest in peace and serenity knowing that he left his mark on this earth.  Godspeed to our beloved Michael. Visitation will be Sunday, November 13, 2016 from 5:00-7:30 P.M. Burial will be private.

Condolences for the family of “DE MARCHAND, MICHAEL “MERSHON””

Condolence from Amy on November 11th, 2016 3:01 pm

Love and hugs to you all, Dale, Mary Jamie, Pat and Judy and to Mike’s grandkids! Biker Mike’s on an awesome bike ride to the best dance hall where they dance the Az two step and serve biker mike’s salsa! And he can eat it! Booga Booga!

Condolence from Pascal Agosta on November 12th, 2016 8:13 am

Dale, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. Michael will be sorrowfully missed. May your memories give you peace and comfort. I will never forget the joy that he brought to me. His smile lives forever. Pascal

Condolence from KARSON Patterson on November 12th, 2016 8:46 am

Im so sad for our family since I have been astranged from them all for years. I truely love all my cousins and Cousin Mike may you RIP with aunt Vera Uncle Bill and my Mother Minnie. Some day we will all be together again.

Condolence from Pamela Ruger Mosca on November 12th, 2016 8:58 am

Dale, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolence from Bob Hoyt on November 12th, 2016 9:12 am

May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Butch and Donna Cooley on November 12th, 2016 9:25 am

Michael, your humor and kindness will stay with us always. You will never be forgotten and will continue to be a source of joy in our hearts.
God bless you and your family.

Condolence from Robert ‘Bob’ Morritt on November 12th, 2016 3:25 pm

My sincerest condolences to Michael’s Family to his wife and to ‘JuJu his sister and all.
Michael corresponded with me when I was writing my book ‘Rocking In The Desert’. I met his father “Bill” in June of 1962 (At BILL’S RECORDS)when I traveled from Canada to Phoenix and met Don Bennett of then Don/RAY Records. Michael mentioned me a couple of years ago on his TV show.He also was mentioning how he made a Salsa (Mike’s Salsa)…. What a fine person and I join with you in sorrow –Bob Morritt in Ontario, Canada.

Condolence from Vickie Konkol on November 14th, 2016 11:28 am

Dale, my heart goes out to you and the family. Michael was a special person. He was always thinking of others and so kind. He was a good man. Michael will be missed and now he is with Uncle Bill and Aunt Vera. I am saying prayers for your comfort and remembering good memories. Love Vickie

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