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Michael Burke Schlegel

January 25, 1949 — March 30, 2024

Michael Burke Schlegel, 75, passed away from heart failure on March 30, 2024, at his home in West Haven, Utah. Born on January 25, 1949, in Macomb, Illinois, he was the first son of the late Clarence Wayne Schlegel and Agnes Irene Burke Schlegel.

Mike was a devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His loving spirit lives on through his children, Jacob Michael, Joseph Allan, Christina Anne Carmen, and Malachi Stephan Schlegel; his grandchildren, Octavia, Christopher, Riley, and Wesley; his siblings, Jonathan Eugene, Stephen Wayne, and Susan Jayne Schlegel; his niece, Amanda; many other nieces and nephews; all in-laws; and countless others whose lives he touched. He was preceded in death by his parents and beloved infant daughter, Lisa Anne. His former spouses, LeAnne Tidwell Schlegel and Jami Bailey also survived him.

Mike's educational journey included St. Paul's Catholic Church in Macomb, schools in Laramie, Wyoming, Moorpark, California, and graduation from Thousand Oaks High School in Thousand Oaks, California, Class of 1967. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Science from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from UCLA. In 1973, while living in Newport Beach, his new girlfriend and future wife LeAnne introduced him to missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, who baptized him into the religion shortly after. He recognized the religion as adding more truth to what he already believed. Mike and LeAnne were sealed in marriage in the Provo Utah LDS Temple in 1974 and began their life together in LaVerne, California.

Mike's professional journey was marked by success in the financial industry. After graduating from UCLA, Mike worked as a financial analyst at Philco Ford and Perkin Elmer in California. In 1977, Mike and LeAnne moved to Provo, Utah, to raise their family. He loved his Provo home and enjoyed the many memories made there. In Utah, he transitioned to a stockbroker and commodities broker for EF Hutton and later Dean Witter and SunAmerica. Following those companies, he founded Schlegel Financial Management and was regarded as an expert in his field. Mike enjoyed the "old school" style of stock trading and enjoyed following the stock ticker tape in his offices.

While Mike was raised Catholic, he found a spiritual home in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. His devotion led him to serve in various callings, including Scoutmaster, Gospel Doctrine teacher, nursery leader, youth leader, and activities director. He found deep fulfillment in ministering to others, cherishing his home teaching assignments and the connections he formed within his ward community. His faith was evident in his joy when he baptized his children and conferred upon his sons the priesthood.

Mike had diverse interests and quite the sense of humor. He was passionate about collecting baseball cards in his youth, eventually becoming a lifelong Dodgers fan. He enjoyed recounting stories about his first job at McDonald’s, working for the summer as a mail carrier, and later as a lifeguard at Zuma Beach in California. He found joy in coaching youth T-ball and soccer, sharing his love for sports with the next generation, particularly volleyball. He also shared his love of the great outdoors with his older sons, particularly hiking and camping in the majestic Utah mountains. He created special memories by taking individual trips with each of his children, with Laguna Beach and Disneyland holding special significance. Board games with the kids were a highlight. He was an avid swimmer, a lover of literature, a talented poet, and a cinema enthusiast. He also treated many family and friends to his love of cooking, including gourmet omelets. Fishing in Utah's rivers with Malachi became his favorite pastime in his later years.

Mike was fortunate to have experienced love in two marriages. With LeAnne, he built a family and traveled to Colombia together to adopt their daughter, Christina. Later, he married Jami Bailey, and they welcomed their son, Malachi. After their divorce, Michael and Malachi shared a special father-son bond and lived together as best friends in West Haven.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Aaron’s Mortuary, 496 24th Street, Ogden 84401. Friends may visit with family at a Viewing prior to the service from 6 to 7 p.m. 


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