On Monday March 20, 2023, our father, son, brother and friend, MICHAEL RONALD LEHMAN, passed from this frail existence, into the loving arms of his Savior and his father and grandparents. Mike was a young 48 years old. Mikey was born on May 19, 1974, in Lynwood, California, to Ronald and Renee (King) Lehman. He was the 3rd of 5 children……he had 2 older sister and 2 younger sisters, who loved him so much. Mike was loved by all who knew him.
Mike grew up in Mission Viejo, California. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was active in the Cub and Boy Scouts in the Laguna Hills 1st ward in California. He wrestled, played football, baseball, and soccer, as a youth. He was very active and had to be, being the only boy in a family of 4 girls, poor guy! He would always hit his sisters as he walked by us and we would all try to hit him back, but he was fast!
His oldest sister, Michele, remembers holding her little red headed baby brother, when he came home from the hospital and thinking how beautiful he was. His picture was displayed at the department store, in the photography area, for many months. He was so handsome.
His second oldest sister, Kristen, remembers one night, Mike came home and asked her to look at his head, he had been hit with a bottle and had a huge cut, that needed stitches…. he said, “don’t tell mom” …she told mom…..Mike was a little hellion, too……..
His first younger sister, Kari, remembers playing army men and barbies with Mike. They watched La Bamba, He Man and inspector gadget 100’s of times. Played outside all summer long. They ran away from home together….to the ERRO’s house. Break dancing on cardboard in the garage and driveway, shooting hoops and playing tether ball.
His baby sister, Megan, remembers coming home from school and watching Gilligan’s Island, eating ramen and drinking Kool-Aid. Mike, Kari and Megan would get sent to their rooms and they would meet out in the hallway and play board games until they hear mom or dad opening the hall door and then they would hide back in their rooms….
Mike was a loyal friend. He had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. He loved God and America. He was a Fox News junkie. He was so very smart and concerned about everything and everyone.
Mike had 2 loves in his life…. his son, Nicholas, who he loved so much and was so proud of and his buddy, Saint, his dog. Mike lived for these two! It kept him going through many hard times in his life.
Mike loved The Raiders, Mt. Dew, chocolate, In and Out, McDonalds, pizza, and Chinese food.
Mike was a warehouse manager in Indiana for many years. He took care of a friend’s father, for a bit, while he was there. He came back to California to help take care of our dad, who was in a nursing home. Dad needed to get out of the nursing home, but needed 24/7 care because he had a tracheostomy. He got dad off the trach and gave us all a few good years with dad, in Utah, before he died in 2014.
During his last few days on this Earth, I asked him what he was most proud of in his life…. he said that Nick was the best thing that ever happened to him and that he loved him so much…he was so proud of you, Nick. He wished he had more time with you. We all wish we had more time with you, Mikey!! You were the funniest guy around town……and we know you loved us so much!!
Mike was preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and his father, Ronald. We know that dad, grandmas and grandpas were there to welcome you to heaven…. what a party that was!!
Mike is survived by his mother, Renee King Lehman, who was always there for Mike…always worried about him, always loved him. His son, Nicholas, his sisters, Michele (Niels), Kristen, Kari, Megan (Ryan), his nieces, Chelsea, McKenna and Alexandra, and his nephews, Jacob and Zachary. Great niece and nephews, Violet, Luke, Elias, Leon and Caius, his dog Saint and many many wonderful friends.
A memorial service will be held on Mike’s birthday, Friday May 19th 2023 at 1:45 pm, at the Syracuse City Cemetery 1250 S 1000 W Syracuse, UT. 84075. After the service, we will gather at the meeting house for pizza and birthday cake. Directions will be given at the service.
We know Mike would want to thank everyone who tried to help him in his life, especially his wonderful mother. Mom, you went over and beyond being a mother to our brother…you were his angel on Earth. No one loved him as much as you did. Thank you, mom, for all the sleepless night and heartache that goes along with motherhood…we know we have the best mom on Earth and Mike and all of us are blessed to have you.
A special thanks to the doctors and nurses at IHC McKay Dee Hospital, in Ogden, for their loving, kindness, and patience in taking care of Mike and our family and giving us a few extra days with Mike, we will never forget all you did for us!!
MIKEY, WE HAVE NOT LOST YOU! WE KNOW RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!! DEATH IS NOT THE END!! Only a “see you soon” …….Have that reunion party waiting for each of us as we pass through the veil…..WE LOVE YOU and will miss you until we meet again.