Michael John Egan passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 15, 2018, five days prior to his 70th birthday. He was born Sept. 20, 1948, to Edward and Dorothy Egan, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His father, Edward Egan, was stationed at Ladd Air Force base in the 1950s, which brought the Egan clan to Alaska. Mike, along with his two older siblings, Kelly and Tom, graduated from Lathrop High School. In high school, he met Cheryl Marshall at the Arctic Bowling Alley and later married her on Dec. 13, 1970. Together, they had four daughters: Tina, Ginger, Julie and Amy.
He loved baseball and played in the American Legion as a catcher in his younger years. He made many friends playing cards at the Pastime Card Room. He was an avid reader, frequently reading multiple books at a time. Mike enjoyed keeping up with current events, weather and sports.
He will be remembered by his uncanny ability to make people laugh and his quick wit. Mike also had a sweet tooth unparalleled by any other. He loved coffee, doughnuts, home-baked goodies and See's candy. Mike had a varied career path, mostly as a member of the Teamsters Local 959. As a teenager, he worked at the Piggly Wiggly Market, the Riverboat Nenana and the Arctic Bowl. He also worked for Westcoast Groceries, FELEC Services, Odom Company and retired from Sourdough Fuel. After retirement, he delivered doughnuts for the Donut Shoppe, where he had free access to one of his favorite treats. He also cared for the family dogs that loved going for rides in his car, especially when local businesses gave the dogs treats in drive-thrus.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Dorothy Egan; brother, Thomas Egan; daughter, Tina Egan Wood; grandchildren, Jared, Joshua, Emily and Hannah Wood. He is survived by his wife of almost 48 years, Cheryl Egan; sister, Kelly Egan, and brother-in-law Peter Buckley; sister-in-law, Brenda Egan; daughters, Ginger Egan, Julie Parmenter and spouse Mike Parmenter, Amy Hanson and spouse Bobby Hanson; grandchildren, Moriah, Katlin, Ellie and Abbie Flynn, Hailey and Audrey Parmenter; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Hospice 2001 Gillam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701.