Eduard Alden (Mike or Snoop) Mikkelsen
Mike Mikkelsen died peacefully at home in Bellingham on February 14, surrounded by his family.
Mike was born June 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to parents Ebba Berg Mikkelsen and Asger Mikkelsen. In the 40’s, his parents bought the Circle Bar Lazy T ranch in Lewistown, Montana, where Mike began to shape his destiny. He owned his first car, a 1927 Model-T, when he was nine years old. From then on cars with a “personality” were his passion. He restored “rolling sculptures” for most of his life. Mike attended Fergus County High School in Lewistown, Montana, class of 1951. After his undergraduate studies at Colorado A&M and an MA from Montana State University, with Frances Senska, he completed his MFA in ceramics at the University of Minnesota with Warren McKenzie. Mike created his art and taught in California, Montana, Minnesota, Kino Bay, Mexico and Bellingham,Washington.
Mike hosted Alden’s Party Line, a 50’s radio talk show, at KXLO in Lewistown. In the 60’s he owned Grain Bin Pottery in Maple Grove, Minnesota and Checkered Flag, a European car dealership in Osseo, Minnesota. In 1982 he started a new business, Prairie Auto and Manifold Restoration in Northfield, Minnesota.
An extraordinary artist of clay, metal, paint, life and love, Mike taught us the glory of aesthetics and how to live courageously as fully-human beings. Perseverance and tender compassion for his fellow People with Parkinson’s were evident in his tireless efforts to raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s research and quality of life with his garden sculptures, Yellow Birds for Parkinson’s.
Mike’s exuberance and creative spirit will continue to inspire his wife, Anne Cutter Mikkelsen, his children, Randall (Tatiana), Greta, Jon (Valerie) and step-children, Sean Larson (Janine), Geoffrey Larson (Tanya), Andrew Larson (Julilana), and Sarah Larson Lendt (Keith), his grandchildren, Jeremy (Bonni),Vibeka, Annika, Maija, Amanda, Sarah Elizabeth, Skye, Chelsea, Cutter, CharlaAnne, Teddy, Aidan, Carmen, Isaac, Rohan and Xerenya, great grandson Adrian and Mike’s sister Karin Utzinger (Bob), countless friends, extended family and his beloved Bellingham yoga companions.
In 2010 Mike said: “I’ve had a rich and grand life. I have no regrets. Although I sometimes felt like a windup toy without a key, I’m thankful for the generosity of people and the years that gave me time to continue my art and educate others about Parkinson’s”.
A memorial service and celebration honoring the life of Mike Mikkelsen is planned for early summer.
Donations can be made to Whatcom Hospice (or your local Hospice) or Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation www.nwpf.org
View the song "Stand By Me" playing on Mike's headphones in the photo above: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-TVg40ExM