Age 63, of Portland, OR, formerly of Sutherlin:
Mike was born November 25, 1949, in Seattle, Washington. He was adopted by Helen Kesner, his aunt and her husband, Claude and came to Sutherlin, soon after his birth. He was raised and spent most of his adult life in Sutherlin before moving to Portland in 1998. Mike was a highly intelligent person who excelled academically throughout his educational years. He was studious and hardworking and graduated, in 1968, from Sutherlin High School and Willamette University, in 1972. He participated in football and was a member of the 1968 state championship basketball team. He enjoyed classes like rhetoric, logic, debate, philosophy, English literature and cinema while in college, preparing himself for a career in law. He attended law school at Puget Sound University and University of Washington Law Schools as well as Northwest School of Law to prepare for his bar exam. Upon completion of law school he purchased his parents business, Mt. Scott retail yard, in 1975 and operated the business until it closed in 1996 and was a bankruptcy attorney in Portland for a few years.
Mike had several joys and passions in life. Among them weight training, so he could be “strong and beautiful for the young ladies” and to back up his rather boastful challenges to anyone “wanna arm wrestle”. He enjoyed theatre and often went to Ashland to watch Shakespeare on stage. He enjoyed going to movies and then providing a full review and critique. He also enjoyed skiing in college and watched warren miller, extreme skiing videos, and he hoped to be able to start skiing more, later in life. In his 40’s he started whitewater rafting and enjoyed that for several years. He also enjoyed discussing economics, per the wall street journal and republican politics. In looking for solace and comfort he liked going to waterfalls, especially Clearwater Falls, near Lemolo.
Those of us that knew Mike will remember him for numerous mannerisms and habits. He always wore tattered, well worn Levis and flannel shirts and a Levi jacket which contrasted with the slacks and sport shirts he wore all through his early school years. He had a special way of pulling up the sleeves on his shirt. He had a penchant for wrecking Camaros and had a unique style of dancing, we called the kesner shuffle. He also drove the old squeaky stakebed delivery truck. He always had steak and eggs for breakfast, burger and fries (usually the jersey’s frogburger) for lunch and pepperoni pizza for dinner and usually greeted his friends with “you scurvy dog”. Mike always wanted to spend his retirement “skiing down mountains, floating down rivers and chasing beautiful women” and he never missed an opportunity to mention how neat the store pet cat was.
Mike is survived by a daughter, Courtney, of Chicago, ILL; and two step brothers: David and Phil Blomquist; his father, Claude Kesner, passed in 1957 and his stepfather, Ed Blomquist in 2005 and his mother, Helen Blomquist in 2006. Those of us who knew Mike will always remember the unique and special person that Mike was.