Michael James (Mike) Kirk passed away January 21, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father Patrick (Pat) Joseph Kirk. Mike was born December 14, 1970 in San Jose, CA to Pat Kirk and Mary Janet (Jennie) Rinehart.
Mike was the second of two children and number 46 of 48 first cousins of the UJ and Zeta Kirk clan. In 1983 the family relocated to Aurora, OR where he was mentored at a young age by local artisans and began what would be his life-long master craftsmanship of custom woodworking and fine furniture design. He was a multidimensional, multitalented, passionate artist with an extensive portfolio of creations that also included photography and graphic design.
Though known widely for his extraordinary, savantlike creative talents, Mike is most remembered for what fueled his talents: his heart. He was rich with inexhaustible kindness, unwavering loyalty, infectious humor, keen listening, and deep ability to see possibility. He was a mentor, safe place, and friend to the world.
Mike is survived by his sons Jacob (Jake), Elijah (Eli) and Samuel (Sam); mother; sister Patricia Ann (Annie) Kirk, her husband Steve Heer and their son Ambrose; the mother of his sons, Andrea Blackmar; extended and borrowed family; a galaxy of friends, many of whom considered Mike a best friend.
A Celebration of Life for Mike will be Sunday, March 1, 2020 from 2 - 4 pm at North Marion High School Commons in Aurora, OR. Family, friends and business associates are welcomed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests random acts of kindness be performed in Mike's honor.