Michael Duane Small, age 74, of Spokane, Washington passed away at his residence on May 27th, 2021. On Thursday, June 3, 2021, a visitation will be held at Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel from 12:00 Noon - 4:00 PM. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Friday, June 4, 2021, at 1:00 PM at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City, Oregon.
Michael was born on February 2, 1947 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Carroll Otis Small and Inez Marie (Anderson) Small. After relocating to Baker City, Oregon, Mike attended Baker High School, graduating in 1965. He went on to pursue career in the U.S. Army as an Administrative Specialist. He served there for 22 years retiring as a Staff Sergeant. After his retirement from the military, Michael worked as a self-employed truck driver for 10 more years.
Some of his favorite things to do were fishing and hunting. He also played the trumpet and he loved to walk. While in Germany, he did volksmarches all over the country. Michael’s passion was writing. He wrote many poems and won awards from the Poets Society and he even published some books.
He loved the United States of America and was a true Patriot and he loved his family greatly. Mike always tried to see the good in people.
Survivors include his 2 sons, Floyd (Rick) Anderson of Indianapolis, Indiana and Michael Eugene Small of Tijeras, New Mexico and one daughter, Michele McCowan of Spokane, WA. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren & 5 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents, a sister Ginny Thomas, a brother Carroll Gene Small and a granddaughter Tara Dawn Willis.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project by sending a check made out to the Wounded Warrior Project to Gray's West & Co. 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.
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