Michael Ray Arehart
Born: 12/5/1950, Salmon, Idaho
Michael Ray Arehart was born December 5, 1950, to Edgar Thorpe (Bud) and Edna Lenore Johnson Arehart in Salmon, Idaho. He returned to the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on May 14, 2020 due to respiratory failure.
Mike spent the first four years of his life in Patterson Idaho, and then the family moved to the Moab area. He attended elementary and secondary school in Grand County. After graduating from Grand County High School he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Austria for two years. Mike learned to love the Austrian people and traditions and became very fluent in the German language, which he utilized the rest of his life.
On November 21, 1973 he married his wife of 47 years, Ann Sparks of Nephi, Utah in the Manti Temple. To this union came four children, Teresa “Tee”, Mindee, Trevor and Monica.
Mike was constantly continuing his education while working beside his wife to provide for their family. They owned and operated the Taco Bender, a local favorite eating spot, always filled with happy satisfied customers which included , friends and family. He also was a member of the Grand County school board for 12 years, serving as president for ten of those years. He proudly passed out diplomas to many, many Grand County students and loved serving the community. While running the Taco Bender, Mike went back to school and got his teaching degree and started teaching. After the sale of the Taco Bender he continued his education obtaining a Masters Degree with a Secondary endorsement and continued his life calling of being a teacher. He absolutely adored his students and with the help of his wife found clever and fun ways to teach. He had a gift in getting students interested in learning.
Mike loved being involved in Community Chorus and Musical productions. He participated in many of the musicals and usually stole the show. He loved to sing and to share his beautiful vocal talent, singing at many, many, weddings, funerals and special occasions, always accompanied by his special and talented friend Ginger Clark. Many people have said that they had asked him to sing at their funeral, but he has left us too soon.
He also loved to travel and had a gift for leadership. He and Ann both supervised and chaperoned several classes of student on fun trips all over the United States and also to various countries.
After teaching nineteen years which included the 6th grade, 8th Grade History and High School German he retired. However, he wasn’t ready to stop working and decided to take a job managing the elderly housing complex, the Rockridge apartments. Once a month he hosted a luncheon for the occupants, infusing positivity to all of them.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, serving a two year mission, A member of several Bishoprics, the Stake High Counsel, and years of teaching Sunday School.
Mike treasured his family and friends and his door was always open to others, and especially the friends of his children. Mandii Hodges Olsen was one of his favorites.
In 2018 Mike suffered a stroke which forced him to retire from Rockridge and he spent the remainder of his life with his wife and family trying to overcome the challenges of the stroke. He was a devoted papa and adored his family, loving them unconditionally and cherished the hours he spent with them.
Mike is survived by his wife Ann, four children, Teresa “Tee” (Larry) Croasmun, of Moab, Mindee (Trevor) Bradford, North Salt Lake, Trevor T. (Nichole) Arehart, Cedar City, and Monica (Nick) Oldroyd, Moab. His mother E. Lenore Arehart, Moab, sister Ginger (Manuel) Torres of Moab, Ut., and brother in-law Paul Cox, Centerville, Utah. Fourteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many neices and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father Edgar Thrope (Bud) Arehart, and his sister Debbie Arehart Cox.
Services will be held on Monday May 18th at the Spanish Valley Mortuary, with a viewing on Sunday evening from 6 to 8PM and on Monday morning prior to the service. Internment at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Tributes:Mike was such a kind man. He welcomed us into his family and always made us feel welcomed. His spirit and smile will be in our hearts forever. Mike made the world a better place and we are better for having known him.
- Bonnie and JamesMike was so many things rolled into one: from a business owner, to school board president to history teacher. All those partly define him but for me it was neighbor, friend and vocalist. I loved to sit in church and hear his beautiful voice resounding in the chapel. Now he is probably singing in heaven.
- Cherrie DolphinWords can't begin to describe the goodness of a person like Mike Arehart. He was genuine, warm, open, non-judgmental and giving-a most Christlike friend. He was at the center of a group of friends that meant everything to me growing up. The Arehart home was the favorite hangout. All my love goes to Ann and the Arehart family, and Mike, God bless you 'til we meet again
- Dennis BaileyHis passing is a great loss and it hurts,however is a Big-blessing to all of us that are friends of his. My sincerest condolences to all of his family. To his mother Lenore, my wife and I love you. To Ginger & Manuel and family we love your family. To Ann,Trevor,Teresa, Mindee and Monica: Mike and I are friends for life as we we attended grade school-Jr. High and High School together. I lived across the street from is parents. I spent a lot of time with is family, and I'm blessed with for the time we all had together. I will keep all of you in my prayers during this time of such a great loss. When I first was introduced to Ann, I told Mike he made a great choice, for a wife. He agreed with me. This was during my trip back to Moab, after many years of not returning. I am truly blessed we were able to reconnect our friendship. Ann, I will always stay in touch with you and remember you in my prayers. GOD BLESS All OF YOU. Mike, I Guess your father whistled so you went home. We love you.
- Jerry and Oreen EddyI loved Mike he was always so very kind and thoughtful,may God be with you Ann and your family always.love your friend,
- Laura NewtonI remember years ago when Mike wasn't very old and hearing him sing. And he has sung his way into the hearts of so many over the years. He was a special person, always thinking of others. Please accept my humble thanks for knowing him.
- Mary Jane CozzensMICHAEL HANDED MY GRAND COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA TO ME. MIKE SHARED TACOS AND ICE CREAM AT THE BENDER. MIKE TOOK ME TO LUNCH, GOT TO KNOW ME, AND WE SHARED POPCORN AND COKES. MOAB DINER AND SINGHA THAI WERE FAVORITES. RIDES IN HIS TOYOTA TRUCK; DEEP TALKS ABOUT WHAT REALLY MATTERS IN LIFE. FRIENDS REALLY DO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. A SPIRITUAL GIANT BUT DOWN TO EATH, MIKE HAS TAKEN THE FIRST STEP INTO ETERNITY. MIKE'S DAD EDGAR " BUD" SHARED 5TH AUGUST BIRTHDAYS. OUR NAMES WERE ON THE LION'S CLUB CALENDAR; THANKS TO FRED POWELL AND OTHER LION'S MEMBERS. BUD TRIED TO BEAT ME BY CALLING MY HOME BEFORE I COULD CATCH HIM ON THE STREET. ANNE WALKED BESIDE MIKE AS ETERNAL COMPANIONS. I TOOK SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO NEEDED A HELPING HAND AND FRIENDSHIP TO MOAB DINER. I NEVER GOT TO TAKE THAT PLANNED TRIP TO WILLOW BASIN, MIKE. THAT WILL HAVE TO WAIT . . . UNTIL WE MEET AGSIN, KNOW THAT YOUR SMILE MADE MY LIFE EASIER TO BEAR. . . AND REMEMBER THERE IS ALWAYS A COLD SODA WAITING FOR YOU. SAY HELLO TO BUD, MARLENE AND IVAN BAILEY FOR ME. PUDLEY, SKIPPY, AND PICKLES ARE WAITING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF RAINBOW BRIDGE: WILL YOU PET EACH OF MY DOGS FOR ME? FRIENDS FORVER,
- MATT BAILEYMike and I have been friends since 9th grade. Mike had a positive spin on the world and left me feeling optimistic every time we ran into each other at the grocery store here in Moab. In my senior yearbook, he wrote, "Big Mo, be good, OK, and remember all the fun times we had [in high school]. Love ya, Mike." Our gang of friends had a lot of good, clean fun as teenagers, for sure. But what means so much to me is the unconditional friendship Mike gave me over the years. I never had to prove anything or change myself to be his friend. God bless you, Mike, as you continue your journey, heading towards the Light. Love ya lots,
- MoDear Areharts, I am so sad, Mike was one of our great ones. You are all so special to me, I know you will have so much comfort from our wonderful community.
- Pam Evey
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