Mike Melvin Batcheller

Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Former Juneau resident Mike Melvin Batcheller, 55, of Okanogan, Wash., died Dec. 28, 2002, in Brewster, Wash.

He was born March 6, 1947, in Omak, Wash., to Melvin and Betty Batcheller. He lived in Omak until 1960, when he moved with his parents to Juneau. He continued school in Juneau, where he met Patsy Ellis. They were married Nov. 25, 1968, in Juneau. He joined the Navy in 1969 and served on board the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk during the Vietnam War.

He moved to Okanogan in 1971. He worked in the factory at Crown Zellerbach, at the Jeep dealership in Okanogan, and as a logger. He also worked several years at the Silver Lining seafood plant in Ketchikan.

His family said he loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, camping and cooking. He loved to work with his hands, drawing and making hand-crafted jewelry and artifacts using natural animal and plant materials. He loved the lifestyle of the mountain men of the past and attended several mountain men rendezvous.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Traci and Scott Trent of Anchorage; one grandson, Bailey Trent, also of Anchorage; one sister and her husband, Joan and Harold Harvey, of Okanogan; and by a partner, Valrie Hanson, of Okanogan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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