Mike was born September 15, 1952 and died peacefully in his sleep on August 14, 2022.

Mike was born and raised in Myrtletown. Growing up in Myrtletown was special to Mike, as he made many lifelong friends there. Mike’s greatest passion in life was baseball. He was very proud of the fact that his mom made it to every game but one, and wouldn’t you know it, that was the time he pitched a perfect game. As he got older his attention was diverted to other interests, however he never lost his love of sports. He especially enjoyed watching his boys and later his grandchildren play sports. One of his most talked-about vacations was in 2004, when his wife Mary surprised him with a trip to Yankee Stadium. He would brag about using the same urinal that Mickey Mantle used. It was everything he ever thought of and more.

His other favorite vacation spot was the adult playground, Las Vegas. In July of 2009 Mike and wife Mary renewed their wedding vows of 35 years at MGM Grand, with their children in attendance. What a special trip that was! Mike loved traveling from casino to casino just to say he had been there.

Mike’s first job was at Verla’s pizza parlor. After a few years there he then went on to work for Tommy Fuller at Mobil (where he met the love of his life, Mary). He then went on to work for Eureka City Schools, where he worked on the grounds crew. He took pride in taking care of Albee Stadium. Fridays during football season were his favorite times, knowing that he got to get the field ready for Friday night football. Go Loggers! Prior to his retirement in 2016 Mike and wife Mary were the proud owners of the Eureka Grocery Outlet for over 20 years. Not only was it Mike’s workplace, but a place where new friendships were made and old friendships renewed.

Mike is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary, his sons Mike Jr and wife Susy, and Dustin and wife Sandy. Also his six beautiful grandchildren — Kelly, Mariela, Crystal, Dustin Jr, Annabella and Alex. Also his brother Herb Barber and sister Sue Hinds and many other family and lifelong friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Herb and Violet Barber, in-laws Huey and Joyce Stark and best friend Dave Schneider.

The family would like to thank Ayres Family Cremation for their professionalism and compassion, Hospice of Humboldt, Dr. Luh, Dr. Holst, Dr. Palmer and the staff at Providence St.Joseph Hospital.

There will be a celebration of Mike’s life on Saturday, October 1, at 1 p.m. at Sequoia Park.The family would like guest to wear pink, as this was Mike’s favorite color.