Michael Clyde Bear, born on March 13th, 1957 in Kalispell Montana, passed away at his home in Kalispell on December 26th, 2021.
Mike, the fourth child of eight, born to Harry E. and Lottie V. (Hill) Bear. Mike was survived by his wife of thirty years. Donna (Norton) Bear, He is also survived by two children. Jeffrey M. Bear and Trisha R. Bear and by his 4 year old granddaughter Bella. He was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time outdoors with his family.
Mike was proceeded in death by his mother and father, Harry and Lottie Bear in 2000. His sister Jacqueline Anderson in 2000, and his brother Rick Bear in 2011. Mike is survived by his brother, John Bear and wife Joey. Sister, Kathy Eland and husband Tom. Brother, Tim Bear. Sister Pam Winn and husband Dennis. Brother, Mark Bear. Also numerous nieces and nephews.
Mike began working early in life and was a carpenter at age 17. He continued in that trade becoming a mason and a painter. When Mike retired from working at Glacier National Park he was a wage grade 9 maintenance mechanic. He partnered in building the Trail of Cedars, Avalanche Falls Overlook, and restoring various historical lodges in the park.
Mike practiced martial arts. He also enjoyed panning and looking for gold with a metal detector while he spent time with his dad. Later, the two enjoyed time together in Harry's garden. The memories working with his dad were always some of Mike's favorites.
He continued his love of the outdoors with his own family. His wife, children and granddaughter joined Mike camping and exploring the woods. Mike loved huckleberry picking and always had a bucket in hand during huckleberry season. He would always say, "Bear in a patch."
After Mike retired he sent his final years reliving old memories of his days in the park and sharing them with love with his granddaughter Bella.
Mike was a son, a brother, an uncle, a husband, a father, and grandfather and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.
A Memorial Service will be held for Michael on Friday, January 7th, 2022 at 10 am at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home.
Celebration of Life following services at Hampton Inn in Kalispell, MT.
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