Michael Miles, Sr.

Michael Miles, Sr.

Michael Miles, Sr.

 

Michael Miles, Sr., longtime Alaskan, died unexpectedly on August 10, 2021, in Aloha, Oregon. He was 58.

Mike was born on December 7, 1962, to Robert Sr. and Sharlyn Miles in Honolulu, Hawaii — the youngest of five boys. In 1971, the Miles family transferred with the United States Coast Guard to Kodiak Island, Alaska, where Mike attended Kodiak High School. 

Mike quickly fell in love with all things Alaska, much of his adolescence was spent sports fishing, hunting, and just enjoying island life. He turned his love of fishing into a career; he spent decades on the water commercial fishing. Mike was spontaneous and over the years, adventure would call to him but his love for his family and for the ocean always pulled him back; his heart has always been anchored in Kodiak.

Like all of us, Mike had flaws. He made mistakes but he never stopped working to overcome them. Love, no matter how it is expressed, is still love. We all have flaws, and so our love will be flawed. But that doesn’t diminish it.

Mike was many things in this life; he was a husband, a son, a brother, and a best friend, but his most treasured roles were father and grandfather. He loved his children and grandchildren beyond measure. Mike will be remembered for his humor and stubbornness, his contagious laugh and adventurous spirit, and his compassion. Mike was an advisor and a confidant, and he loved fiercely and without limits.

Proceeding him in death is his father, Robert Miles, Sr. Mike is survived by his wife Crystal Miles, and his children and their spouses, Angela and Jose Madrid; Amanda and Dennis Togise; Michael Miles; Sarah Miles; Charles Miles; and Kristelle Marie Day. His grandchildren Alyssa, Alexia, and Damian Madrid; Juliana, Terrence, and Natalia Togise; Lillian Miles; and Elliott Pascua. His mother Sharlyn Miles; brothers Robert Jr., Ronald, Frank and John Miles; as well as nieces, nephews, and countless friends and loved ones.

The family will have a private celebration of life prior to honoring his wish for his ashes to be spread in Kodiak. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mike’s name to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

We love you, and we miss you. 

Fare winds and following seas.