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Oak Lawn Funeral Home

619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, FL

OBITUARY

Michael Todd Wright

September 13, 1954June 1, 2020

On June 1, 2020 Michael “Mike” Wright passed away in a fatal accident in Pensacola, Florida. He was 65 and is preceded in death by his father Edward Wright. He is survived by his wife Jo Ann Wright, his mother Rona Wright, his brother Thomas Wright, his sister Janet Nelson, daughters Samantha Wright, MayB Sersland, Heather Sersland, and his Grandchildren Tylyn Sersland, Steven Whiting, and Samantha Seip-Bayes.

Born in San Diego, California September 13, 1954 to Edward and Rona Wright. He considered El Cajon, California as home. Mike graduated from Monte Vista High School and then went on to enlist in the Navy in 1973. Mike worked his way up through the enlisted ranks earning the rank of Senior Chief and a Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University in 1987. In 1991 Mike was commissioned to the rank of Ensign after completing his second bachelors, becoming a Physician’s Assistant (PA), from George Washington University. Mike earned his Master of Science in Physician’s Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska in 1999. He continued to work as a PA in the Navy until his retirement in October of 1999. During his time in the Navy Mike and family had the opportunity to travel the world with duty stations in Taiwan, Japan, Iceland, Scotland, California, Washington, Colorado, and Maryland. After his retirement with the Navy Mike continued to work as a civilian PA until retiring from medicine in 2012.

Mike had many hobbies some of which include cycling, shooting, and most importantly diving. Mike started recreational diving in 1994. Upon (first) retirement he was able to invest more time into diving and started to pursue the path of instructor. Combining his passions for teaching and diving he earned multiple PADI certifications achieving the level of Master Scuba Instructor. He also became the owner of Blue Octopus Scuba in Alexandria, Virginia. He dedicated himself to his dive shop, teaching, and helped introduce many others to the joy of diving and his passion for it.

Mike will be buried at sea at Neptune Memorial Reef in Biscayne Bay off the coast of Miami, Florida. Mike has a memorial fund to Project Aware to help preserve the sea that he loved. Donations can be made to https://bit.ly/MichaelTWright

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Heather Cooke

June 12, 2020

We are saddened at the loss of a fellow diver. We met Mike when Adventure Scuba Company was in business and he would stop in. Condolences to his friends and family. Heather & Trevor, ASC and Culebra Divers

Andrew Blanco

June 11, 2020

Mike shared his love of diving with others and will always be part of the the dive community. We always shared our Navy stories and our passion of diving. Each time I stopped in, I knew I'd be there 30-60 minutes just talking and laughing of dive stories. You will be missed. - A. B. Sea's Diving

Tom McKee

June 9, 2020

Blu Water Scuba and its staff are deeply saddened by the loss of a fellow diver. Mike’s love for scuba diving is evident from his working with other scuba business around the area to facilitate uninterrupted supply of scuba diving needs. We lost not just a fellow scuba diver but also a business partner, a friend, and a great person. Rest in peace, Mike. Our condolences to Mike’s family and friends.

Nikki Anderson

June 7, 2020

My husband, Matt, and I met Mike within the past year. He got us started on our track towards technical diving, and we had just got side-mount certified the weekend he passed away. We're shocked and saddened, and wish for strength and comfort to his family. Thank you, Mike, for sharing your passion for diving with others, and thank you for assisting us in furthering our training. We will miss seeing you at Blue Octopus.

Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

June 6, 2020

Mike, you were a one of a kind creative force of nature encouraging friends and divers in their dive, professional and personal endeavors towards happiness and success! You were a huge catalyst for good and change, especially for Don. You are already SOOO so so so missed. Wherever you are, whether Fiji, FL, or Indonesia dive heaven I know you'll keep on diving!

Jeff Currer

June 5, 2020

Fair winds and following seas Mike. The Patriot Scuba staff and I mourn the loss of a fellow diver/dive leader. We would like share our sincere sympathies with the family. God Bless - Jeff & Merial

Anthony Mask

June 5, 2020

Rest in piece Mike! You will be missed but comfort comes knowing we will dive together alongside the almighty soon! Keep the tanks filled and the scrubbers warm as you scout the heavens for new dive sites! See you soon buddy!

Ed Finck

June 5, 2020

Mike is and always will be a part of the dive community. He shared his passion and his love in this sport that only a few have done. His passion will be missed but I want to believe he is exploring the next great adventure. Your friend and dive buddy, Ed F

Donna Donlin

June 5, 2020

Rest in Peace friend. You are missed. I will miss the conversations we had when you were dropping off tanks for us at Woodbridge Scuba.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY