Michael Jay Phelps
July 4, 1960 – August 23, 2019
Michael Jay Phelps, age 59, of Idaho Falls, Idaho passed away on Friday August 23, 2019. Michael was born July 4, 1960 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Janet Eileen Marler and Joel Hawley Phelps. He was the second of seven children. Michael grew up and attended schools in Paonia, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Michael received his GED from Job Corp in Anaconda, Montana. He taught himself all about transmissions and turned it into an almost 40 year career. He managed the Gear Shop at Holst Truck Parts in Ucon for many years. He also owned his own shop in Teton, Idaho.
He married Michelle Averett in 1981 and they later divorced. To this marriage four children were born. He met the Love of his life and soul mate, Linda Lutes in 1993. They married July 23, 1995. With this marriage he gained three more sons. Mike and Linda spent the next 24 years raising seven children and enjoying many, many adventures.
Michael was a born again Christian and a member of Church of Christ in Idaho Falls.
He loved fishing, hunting, camping, horseshoes and darts. But his life was about his family. He never met a stranger and all were welcome in his home. We will always hear him calling for his “wheezy” or asking “sinceyouwas". He was a selfless man who learned how to live life to the fullest early on and devoted his life to taking care of those he loved.
Michael is survived by his mother Janet Eileen Phelps Woodbury; his wife Linda Lutes Phelps; brother Joel Hawley Phelps(Sue), sister Wendy Eileen Koplin, brother Cary John Phelps, sister Rebecca Diane Fitts(Eric), brother Christopher Scott Phelps(Sheila), son Kyle Lutes Phelps(Robyn); daughter Camille Brighton(Scott); son David Leonard Phelps; daughter Deborah Makin Phelps; son Terrance Leonard Phelps(Danell); son Don Phelps; son Daniel Phelps(Amy); and 16 grandchildren.
Michael was preceded in death by his father Joel Hawley Phelps; brother James Daniel Phelps.
A visitation for Michael will be held Friday, August 30, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home, 825 E 17th Street, Idaho Falls. A viewing will occur Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM with Funeral Service to be from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Church of Christ, 2650 Plommon Street, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402. Graveside to follow at Grant Cemetery, Idaho.
Michael was not a formal man, casual attire please.
Contributions in Michael's memory may be made to Idaho Heart Foundation. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.buckmillerhann.com for the Phelps family.
- Idaho Heart Foundation
- Visitation Friday, August 30, 2019
- Viewing Saturday, August 31, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 31, 2019
- Graveside Saturday, August 31, 2019
Michael Jay Phelps
August 30, 2019
Hey Mikey, you were a great big brother. Love you gonna miss you.
Linda sweetie, I love you sis and am always here for you and the family.
August 28, 2019
I always valued Mike's funny, down-to-earth way. He always made me laugh. He was kind and gentle. I always appreciated how much he loved his family. He really was the epitome of a family man. He will be missed. He was a really good, hard-working man. Rest peacefully now Mike!
August 28, 2019
Debbie Phelps called me on Friday evening and had told me about your passing. Mike I just wanted to say to you thank you for always being so kind to me and every time we saw each other how you would hug me cousin. I always enjoyed our talks and all the family reunions at Uncle Don's and Aunt Terri's place in Chubbuck, Idaho. Mike I couldn't have asked for a better cousin than you sir. I love you so much and I will miss you tremendously. I know with my heart that your family and your siblings and children and grandchildren love you very much. Linda Lutes Phelps my prayers, heart and love go out to you especially and Aunt Jan thank you so much for making this world a little brighter and lovelier by bringing Mike into all our lives. Mike is with his father now and what a comforting thought that he is with his earthly father as well as his heavenly father. I love you all and I am sending my love your way. Life is precious. Love you Mike.
Love from your cousin,
Lonnie A. Cahoon
August 28, 2019
Mike was such a kind and caring FAMILY man. I will always appreciate the love he expressed to me, my children, & my grandsons. My heart goes out to ALL of the Phelps Family at this time! I know how much this hurts and I hope that you all feel the love and comfort of family and friends during this time of sadness.
Linda... please know I am thinking of you and sending you lots of love and hugs! I know the love you shared with Mike will carry you through the hard days! Take care!! All my love & sympathy to you!!
August 27, 2019
Dad I'm going to miss you.. I'm sorry dad. I never got to grow up, and now I dont get you for my wedding, my kids first day of school. Cyphers first word, or even the chance to meet him. You would of loved him so much. But I'm stubborn and didnt want to swallow my pride. The only child you didnt get to see get married. Or settle down. I really messed up and now have to learn to live with this guilt. But i will, I deserve it. I love you dad, I'm sorry, I miss you. What I would do just to give you one last hug. The last time I saw you we didnt even talk, or say goodbye. I wish I could change that. I will never forget you, A great Man. My Father. Sensuous. I love you old man.