Michael Norman Ryan May 29, 1965 ~ August 15, 2023
Michael Norman Ryan, known affectionately to his friends and family as Mike, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2023, at his home, after a brave battle with brain cancer.
Born on May 29, 1965, to Nicholas F. Ryan and Mary Louise Rasmussen in Libertyville, IL, he was 58 years old at the time of his passing.
Mike grew up hunting, fishing, and camping every chance he got and had a deep love for the great outdoors.
When his Sweetheart brought him to Monticello to meet her family, he was so awed by the area, he transplanted and lived most of his remaining life and raised their family there.
He loved the La Sal and Blue Mountains and was completely won over by the fishing at Lake Powell.
He loved being outdoors and took every opportunity to go fishing or hunting, especially hunting elk.
He passed the love for the outdoors, hunting, and fishing to all his kids.
Mike was a man whose kindness knew no bounds. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, often putting others before himself.
His sense of humor was infectious, and he had an uncanny ability to bring laughter and light into any room he entered.
Mike’s courageous spirit was evident in every challenge he faced, most notably in his valiant fight against cancer.
Mike married Marysa Nebeker on July 8, 1989, and spent 34 years building their life and family together.
Mike prioritized faith, family, freedom, and fishing. He never missed an opportunity to tell his family he loved them.
He was not one to shy away from hard work or being patient while teaching his kids hard work. Mike lived his life to serve others and be a friend to all.
Mike served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Brazil and after he returned home, he spent 25 years working with the Young Men and Scouting program.
He served in Bishoprics and Branch Presidencies. He taught primary and at one time was the Branch chorister.
He served as an ordinance worker in the Monticello Temple for a couple of months before his illness became too much.
He took his responsibility as a husband and father seriously and would do whatever was necessary to provide for his family. He loved teaching his kids how to work, play and love others.
Mike is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and has a testimony that Jesus Christ is his Savior and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth and available for us all.
He knows that families are eternal and that one day we will all be reunited, never to be separated again.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, an infant sister (Rachel) and an infant granddaughter (Bodil).
He is survived by his wife Marysa, children Lydia (Kellen) Nielson, Megan (David) Lacy, Timothy (Shantel) Ryan, Neely (Dakota) Adams and Quincey (Timothy) Turk, 17 grandkids, his parents and a slew of siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins as well as in-laws.
In his passing, we remember not just the sorrow of loss, but more importantly, the joy and laughter he brought into our lives.
Michael Norman Ryan, a kind, funny, and courageous man, will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mike will be buried near his home at the West Summit Cemetery. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, August 26 at 10 am.
The West Summit Cemetery is located on CR 318 near Deer Neck Road. If you would like to attend, please wear jeans and boots or tennis shoes as there is a lot of dust.