Michael Scott Whipple, legendary husband, father and friend passed away on June 24, 2023 after a 6 month battle with cancer.
Mike was born on November 25, 1969 in Salt Lake City, Utah home of Utah Utes to Scott and Susan Whipple. He was the second of nine children growing up in a loving home centered around family, faith, chaotic fun and creativity.
He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jackson Mississippi where he found his lifelong passion for serving and loving people. Upon returning Mike attended and graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Around this same time he met and married the love of his life Charlene Baker in the Salt Lake Temple to whom he was married to for 30 years. It was an extremely passionate 30 years that resulted in three kids; Kendall, Collin and Kate.
Mike’s family was everything to him, often working 2 jobs and 12 hour days most of his life. One of his biggest concerns was making sure his family was well provided for. He continued to impact countless lives over the course of his 30 year career at Discover Card. In addition to working at Discover Card he spent many years working at Golden Stag Gloves. Mike loved those that he worked with and talked fondly of them right up until the end.
Mike served in various church callings, his favorite was working with the youth. His talks and lessons are still unforgettable to this day with him perfectly blending music, movies and popculture along with his unique sense of humor into just about anything he spoke of and did. Mike cherished getting to know his kids friends and made an effort to get to know them and treat them like his own. Mike kept up a funny snapchat relationship with many of these friends over the years, sending out jokes and staying up to date in their lives.
When he wasn’t working or spending time with family he loved caring for his garden and tending to numerous bird feeders around the yard. At the end of the day and throughout really any activity you could find him enjoying an assortment of “tasty beverages” from his endless stock pile of just about any drink you could think of. He lived for summers in Laguna Beach, California.
If he wasn’t out in the waves bodysurfing you could find him burying himself in the burning hot sand until he was ready to go back out in the water. No matter the activity he was the first one out leading the way finding things to point out to everyone else.
Mike was a very curious man often driving those around him crazy with endless questions always wanting to learn and understand the little nuances of life.
Despite being a sugar fiend he was able to maintain a rather slender figure his entire life.
Throughout Mike's life he devoted himself to learning about others and making lifelong connections. Anyone who has ever been around Mike can think of a time where he peppered them with questions, some often inappropriate, this was his way of keeping the mood light and making authentic connections. He was one of those rare people that could get away with asking the uncomfortable and untouchable questions and topics with those he loved. He was known far and wide for his charismatic sense of humor.
Mike and our family would like to thank everyone that supported and helped in numerous ways throughout the past 6 months. Including but not limited to doctors, nurses, hospice, family, friends and neighbors.
Mike is survived by his wife Charlene and three kids Kendall(Ashley), Collin and Kate. Along with the family dog (rat dog) Roxy. He is also survived by his parents, siblings and in-laws. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, mother-in-law and brother Daniel.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 30, 2023 at the Woods Cross Stake Center, 2064 South 800 West, Woods Cross, Utah. A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Russon Mortuary, 295 North Main, Bountiful, and Friday morning 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church prior to services.
Services will be streamed live on Russon Mortuary & Crematory Facebook page and this obituary page.