Michael Allen King, 59, passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, in the arms of his loving wife Janeen.
Mike was born on Feb. 20, 1954, in Lovell, Wyo., to Edgar ‘Bud’ and Evelyn King. The family moved to Ohio in the late ‘60s, then moved to Worland in 1973 where they opened a carpet store as a family business. In 1984 Mike started a new store as the owner and operator of the now King’s Carpet One.
Mike married the love of his life, Janeen, on June 20, 1992 in Worland. He so lovingly referred to her as “my beautiful wife.”
Mike was a wrestler in high school and was quite good at fast-pitch softball. His more recent sports interest included golf which he enjoyed with his dad, and racquetball with the three amigos, Steve, Rod and Mark, and his brothers whenever they had a chance.
Mike was devoted to serving the Lord and sharing his faith with the community through various leadership roles. He was a youth pastor for 25 years at New Life Christian Center and spent over 20 years on the church Board of Directors.
Mike also served on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Board of Directors for many years and participated in several high school baccalaureates during his service with FCA. Mike served alongside his dear friend and fellow laborer, David Damiano at the Wyoming Boy’s School for nearly 20 years in Youth Ministry. Mike’s true passion as chaplain at the Wyoming Boy’s School, where he served two days a week in addition to teaching Bible study classes, was to teach the gospel with no ambiguity. If there was ever a Godly man who loved everyone with the same and generous love of God, it was Mike. He gave acceptance to everyone, without judgment, right where they were. He gave resources to any he could help. He gave time to those who had a need. Mike gave his heart to all people because he chose to see the good. He always said, “Spend your life using what God put in your hand.”
Mike co-sponsored the start of “Celebrate Recovery” in 2010 at Grace Chapel with great conviction that our community needed a program that crossed the denominational lines and touched all people. To those who knew Mike, they knew that he believed that everyone need only to belong to the Kingdom of God and what we’d be able to accomplish with the denominational lines erased.
Community outreach was also very important to Mike. He was passionate about education and literacy, particularly among preschool and elementary school children, and was recognized by Region 8 Absaroka Head Start under its director, Elaine Laird, for generously donating books for the students and their families in seven counties, which included 19 classrooms, at Christmas time over a three-year period. Mike also served on the Absaroka Head Start Board for six years. He launched a program called “Magic Carpet Tour” with Carpet One and Walt Disney that gave every child at East Side Elementary a book and a magic carpet. He volunteered countless hours, donated books, paint and flooring to local schools, various nonprofit organizations, and the community.
Mike is survived by his loving wife, Janeen, his father, Edgar “Bud” King, his siblings: Bob (Anna) of Powell, Doug of Casper, Steven (Jewell) of Rock Springs, Mathew (Lisa) of Worland, Chuck (Deborah) of Worland and Cathleen (Bruce) Metz of Rock Springs, as well as many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Mike is also survived by the children he raised in his own home, by the hundreds of kids he touched through the youth ministry, and the thousands they have touched over the years. (You know who you are).
He was preceded in death by his mother Evelyn Mary King.
Memorial services were held at the Zion Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 in Worland with New Life Christian Center Pastor Larry Ramsfield officiating. Memorial donations may be made in care of Bryant Funeral Home, Box 524, Worland, WY 82401 to purchase Bibles for the Boy’s School.
Online condolences may be made at bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.