Mike was born March 1, 1967, in California, where he grew up on a farm. He was a veteran of the Gulf War and served in Desert Storm. He was a great cook and worked in Pagosa at the Lodge and Pine Ridge nursing home. He was a man of few words and had a big heart.
He enjoyed being outdoors fishing and camping at Navajo Lake. He also liked reading, painting, building furniture, listening to music and smoking a fine cigar.
He will be greatly missed by his mother, Betty Pelton, brother Thomas Marin, sisters Joanne Berry and Catherine Cline. He loved all his nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his stepdad, Charles “Chuck” Pelton, his brother, Dan Marin, grandmother Ruby Lowry and his niece, Cassandra Pfeifle.