We celebrate the life of Michael Frances Monahan April 12, 1937 - December 29, 2019. Mike demonstrated Christ's love to all he encountered and was loved by all who met him. He was kind, humble, loving, strong, always ready to lend a helping hand, a man of great faith and integrity. No one left his home hungry and he was quick to adopt you into his heart as one of his own.
Mike was born on April 12, 1937 in Pendleton, Oregon and lived with his parents James and Camilla (Kilkenny) Monahan in Heppner, Oregon. He married the love of his life Frances Dominguez in San Francisco, California on April 14, 1963 and they made their home in Portland, Oregon. He is cherished and adored by daughters Anne (Danny) Schauffler, Kathleen (Dwight) French and Rose Monahan. His granddaughters Lilly and Kate French were blessed to have their grandpa's companionship in their daily lives and love him more than words can say.
In his youth he spent a lot of time in the mountains setting up camp at night and roaming the hills and canyons by day. He enjoyed the life of a mountain man hunting elk, deer and fishing. He spoke with great fondness regarding his father, mother, grandfathers and grandmothers and time spent on their sheep ranches. He also had many childhood enchantments which included building a very large room sized model railroad system with his brother Dominic much to the delight of his sister Teresa and brother Billy.
After graduating from Heppner High School in 1956, He attended the University of Portland receiving his Bachelor of Arts Business Administration in 1960. He worked various jobs to pay for college and it was about this time he started working for United Airlines. Upon graduating he served on the Navy's USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier and concluded his military career as Lieutenant of the Engineering Department. His time served in the Navy was 1960-1964.
In a gesture of true patriotism, United Airlines had a job waiting for him when he returned to civilian life. He had a career with United Airlines for over 44 years. It was there he made many friends and met one of his "bestie friends" John Bucar aka "Fred Flintstone". Mike was aka "Barney Rubble". Many adventures with these two ensued and now we are sure they are roaming heaven together with many other friends and family.
His family was of greatest importance. His wife Fran was his greatest love and lifelong crush. His daughters know this because they caught him on occasion lovingly gazing at her picture at his workbench. His daughters were the recipients of his wise words, cunning reverse psychology, cardboard playhouses, secret night trips to Skate World, a tree house, instructive camping trips and tender guidance.
While we miss Mike in the present, we look forward to seeing him again in the forever.
Funeral service will be held January 3, 2020 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 498 NW 9th Avenue, Canby, OR. The graveside service will be January 4, 2020 at 1 p.m., Heppner, OR.
Remembrance in lieu of flowers can be made in Mike's honor to St. Patrick's Catholic Church Canby Food Bank.