James Michael "Mike" Early, DDS

January 22, 1947March 7, 2010


Michael went home to be with the Lord on March 7, 2010. He was born January 22, 1947 in Seattle to Cherry Gilmour Early and James Rowan Early, both now deceased. Michael is survived by his loving wife Jill, son Jeff, daughter-in-law Kari, and beloved dogs Ziggy and Marley. His sister, Janice Early Corcoran resides in Martinez, CA with her two children, Brad and Casey. Also survived by his uncle and aunt, Jay and Carol Gilmour of Mercer Island, WA.

Together Mike and Jill enjoyed traveling with their dear friends and family, relaxing on the deck of their Whidbey Island cabin with their two dogs, and visiting their son and daughter-in-law in McKinney, Texas. Mike “Radio Voice” Early also loved biking, golfing, skiing, music, and uncontrollable belly laughs.

Michael graduated from Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia, PA in 1965. He became a proud Sooner and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1969 where he was a member of Sigma Chi.

His Naval ROTC training at UO led to a Commission as Lieutenant in the USNR. His first appointment was related to the launch of the USS Blue Ridge resulting in his becoming a Plank Owner in the ship. On the trip around Cape Horn to a home base in San Diego, Michael and the ship’s dentist became golfing friends. Michael’s interest in dentistry was triggered; he graduated from Seattle University with a Masters in Science after discharge from the Navy. He then enrolled at the University of Washington Dental School, graduating in 1982.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, 1215 145th PL SE Bellevue, WA 98007. As this memorial is a life celebration, cheerful attire is encouraged. Please send remembrances to Medical Teams International or the Humane Society. For more information and to send a tribute, visit Mike’s website at

Arrangements under the direction of Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Bellevue, WA.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 13, 2010

James Michael "Mike" Early, DDS

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May 18, 2010

I grew up with Michael when he first moved East with his beautiful family. His parents,Cherry and Jim became like a second set of family for me, along with his sister Janice. We went to elementary school in Wynnewood, Pa. For 4 years & truly became best pals. We had many sleepovers, always at his house because he & his family were fun& great hosts. Plus, he had bunk beds &i always got the lower one. From reading the many tributes to Duke( my siily nickname for him), I can tell he became the great man that he seemed destined to be even when he was a kid. And did he ever miss the Pacific Northwest while exiled back here in Pa.!!! I would love to hear fr any of hhis family or friends.cell:484-437-2486. My deepest thoughts are with his family and many friends. Michael was "one in a million"- a Hall of fame buddy. I am John Spaeth from Wayne,Pa. Bless you all for your feelings about Mike.

Andrea Prostor

April 28, 2010

April 27,2010
I just recently heard of Mike's passing and was both shocked and saddened. We started as patient's of Mike's in 1998 and received wonderful care and friendship until we moved in 2001. He was fun,kind hearted and made going to the dentist a great adventure for my three kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and his special office staff.

lindsey burchak

April 11, 2010

i first became a patient of mike in 1981 and as everyone who meets mike they consider him a friend, he took care of my wife dianes teeth also, diane passed away a year ago and i appreciated mikes concern and true compassion, diane liked him a lot, i know how jill is doing as i am still going through this, if you need to talk you can call anytime, we loved mike, lindsey and diane burchak

Nancy Dunn

April 1, 2010

I am shocked and very saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I have been going to Dr. Early for 26 years and seeing Sue just as long. Mike was kind enough to purchase fund raising flowers from my kids and allowed my daughter to intern at his office. From the first few appointments we shared memories of our Navy adventures. He was always so friendly and asked me about the family and how Kelly is doing. I will miss him, his professionalism, his kindness and will miss seeing Sue and Hope. My sympathy to his family and staff.

~Bonnie Rae Nygren

March 30, 2010

A great spirit and a wonderful guy. I've delivered Dr. Early's mail for several years and I will miss his warm smile and big, booming hello's ;)

" Dying is a wild night and a new road " - Emily Dickinson

Godspeed, Dr Early*

March 26, 2010

I was lucky enough to have known Mike when I was based in SEA in the 1970's as a flight attendant with Continental airlines. I was also lucky enough to have him use my mouth full of "not so great" teeth to help him with his boards at the University of Washington. He passed.... and I ended up with wonderful and enduring memories of this very special man. He will always hold a special place in my heart.
Laurie Csatlos

March 25, 2010

What a shock to hear of Dr. Early's passing. He was our family dentist for almost fifteen years. My kids actually LOVED going to the dentist from the time they were preschoolers! They'll never forget getting to pick out their prize from his special "treasure chest" when they were done!

Dr. Early succeeded in establishing a special, warm and relaxed atmosphere in his office that didn't feel "sterilized" at all -- a tribute to his warm, relaxed personality. He had also assembled a special staff that left every patient feeling cared for. He always remembered who you were, asked questions about you or your family, or what was going on in your life (even though you couldn't answer him with his fingers or tools in your mouth!).

But the one thing I'll always remember about him and that made me feel happiest of all -- is when he would personally come out to the lobby where I was sitting, after my kids had their teeth cleaned and examined -- and updated me on their dental situation, and then proceded to tell me what wonderful children I had -- what neat kids they were, how much they had grown, how mature they were becoming, how pleasant and social they were to talk to, how well behaved they were, what great looking kids they were, how much he enjoyed them when they were in his office. By the time I left, I was beaming from ear to ear.

He always went the extra mile to personally speak with you and make sure you felt good about your dental experience. We will certainly miss him. Where will we find his replacement? I'm sure others are thinking the same thing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his staff at this very difficult time.

The Bradley Family
Jeff, Carrie, Michael and Sydney

Dave Rawlings

March 25, 2010

Fair winds and following seas from your Sooner Navy classmates.

March 24, 2010

After attending the celebration for Mike, we are still in shock. We can't believe he is gone. Mike was our dentist for close to 30 years, starting on 156th Ave. and ending up on Bel-Red Rd. Four generations of our family went to Mike starting with my mom, Hallie Sharper, who died a few years ago at age 92, and then Jim and Nancy Bailey, their son and daughter-in-law Scott and Laurie, and their two daughters, Lindsay and Leigha. Over the years, we all looked forward to going to the dentist to see Mike and Sue. Mike was wonderful, so compasionate and caring, remembered all the little details about each family member. And we shared our love for dogs, especially Westies. We will miss Mike. And we send our special thoughts and prayers to Jill, Jeff, and Kari.
Nancy and Jim Bailey

March 21, 2010

Mike was our friend........when we met Mike he was single, young and handsome and every gal wanted a date with him. once you got to know him you were drawn in by his humour, sensitivity, and well, he was just a good friend. In 1981 my husband steve and I were involved in a serious car accident and I had quite a bit of facial trauma and dental needs. Mike then became our dentist. He called us everyday to check up on us and took such great care of me. Years later when we moved to park city, ut, i still flew in to seattle to have Mike take a look and make sure everything was going okay. Our old group of friends who knew Mike from the "old days" will miss him and the fine memories we have. Our sympathy to Mikes family. We have only the best of memories. Kitty Entwisle-Sherer and Steve Sherer