OBITUARY

Michael Samuel Singer

August 19, 1965January 6, 2021
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Michael Samuel Singer was born and raised in Salem, Oregon on August 19, 1965 and his 55-year old life came to a sudden end on January 6, 2021. He was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and a friend.

Michael is survived by his wife (Carolyn), daughter (Shaelee), two siblings [Marcie (Josh) and Michelle], two nephews with children [(Cody (Suzy, Samuel, Celeste)], Elijah (Maria, Sophia), and one niece Jaliene (Chalen). He is preceded in death by his father (Samuel) and brother (Morales). His mother (Irene) passed two days later after Michael’s untimely death.

Ten years ago in 2011, his brother and father both passed within a 3 ½ month span. In 2021, a son and a mother walk on within 48 hours of each other. A special mother-son bond to not be broken in life and beyond.

Michael, or “Mike” to many of his friends, was a full-blooded citizen of the Navajo Nation, a lifelong resident of Salem, and was baptized as a Christian at Calvary Baptist Church. Mike graduated from Sprague High School and worked at Chemawa Indian School while working with youth with disabilities as a volunteer. He was a dedicated member of the Courthouse Athletic Clubs, an Oregon Ducks super fan, a seasonal North Fork regular, and a master barbecue host for guests. Mike loved animals, most especially his two furry sons (Nacho and Winslow) and a furry daughter (Kitty Singer) which he had a close bond.

Mike’s pride and joy was his 10-year marriage to Carolyn, his daughter Shaelee and the Singer family. His memories and connections to the Navajo Nation, his relatives and the Native community were important to him. As a Navajo, Mike was To’dichii’nii’ (Bitter Water) Clan born for To’aah’ni’ (Near the Water) Clan – the clans of his mother and father. Mike exuded his Native pride and he valued his circle of friends whom he met over time in and around the Salem area and beyond. He left an impression on many and will be missed.

To honor him, a public viewing and live stream will be held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 12 p.m. to 4 pm at Howell-Edwards-Doerksen Funeral Home in Salem, Oregon. Visit Mike’s Dignity Memorial website to add a memory for the family and to join live stream.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at Calvary Baptist Church.

Services

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    Saturday, January 16, 2021

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Michelle Singer

January 17, 2021

My brother loved his family - the Singer family, his niece & nephews, his relatives, his own family, friends and community. A snapshot of his heart and loves...

Michelle Singer

January 17, 2021

My brother’s loves - sports, music, the water, his friend then wife and more..,

Michelle Singer

January 17, 2021

My brother Mike’s symbolic beginnings...childhood items to Sprague Olympians pride!

Trish Davis

January 17, 2021

Mike used to come to my Ride class at the Courthouse and he and I rode the Monster Cookie together somewhat one year. He was such a kind man and was always friendly to everyone. I posted a copy of his obituary to my facebook page so other Courthouse instructors could see it. We are all so sad about his passing. We will miss him. God Bless.

Laura White

January 16, 2021

I have known the Singer Family for 4 decades and I will always remember the laughter that happened anytime the family got together.
As the older brother of my best friend, I felt like I had a bonus older brother. We didn’t see each other much, but I knew he was there if ever I needed him and I knew he would be happy to help in any way if needed. I feel the same way about Marcie and Morales and have been so honored over the years to have them celebrate with me the graduations, my wedding, and the beautiful baby shower they created along with Cody, Elijah and Jaliene. They were the perfect hosts and brought a level of beauty, tradition, and ritual that is sorely lacking today and is such a loving part of the Singer tradition. Mike was so proud of his daughter, nephews, and niece, he loved them so much and I know they will continue these traditions and pass them on.

Thinking of you all and can’t wait until we can all be together in person and share more stories.

Love,
Laura, Chris and Lyla

Shauna Hohenstein

January 16, 2021

I am eternally grateful to you Mike. You took my son as your own and we spent our years together growing through some of the best times and some of the worst.

Throughout it all, you loved us unconditionally, this is how I will always remember you.

There is the time that you led the entire Duck side of the stadium, hundreds of people, down the football field in victory after a tough win. You hanging off the goal post , the crowd going wild.

You were always a champ Mike! You still are. Just rousing up there in heaven now with the rest of the rebel rousers. ( Morales! ;-))

háá nilyį́į́h
RIP Champ.

Deb Jones

January 16, 2021

Mike, my friend you will be missed, your smiles, hugs, your green and yellow jersey's, your efforts in my gym, your spirit, your accomplishments, your compassion for others. Your love of family. You were loved by many and will be missed by all of us! Your picture with your Dad at your first Triathlon will hang in my gym forever.
See you in heaven!

Michelle Singer

January 15, 2021

Michelle Singer

January 15, 2021

Gerald Rempel

January 15, 2021

I met Mike at the Courthouse Fitness Center, where we often worked out and we were both avid Duck fans. Mike was the most congenial person I have met. He was always friendly and greeted everyone with warmth. We all liked Mike and he was a true "nice guy". It was a shock to hear of his passing since I saw him just a few days ago. His warm smile and greeting will be truly missed at the club!