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Mike Lara

Mike Lara

Wednesday, October 8th, 1958 Thursday, November 21st, 2019

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Obituary for Mike Joe Lara Jr.

Mike Joe Lara, Jr. was born 10/8/1958 in Salida, Colorado to Mike and Lucy Lara. Mike was born second in line to 12 children. He was raised in Salida, played high school football and worked during high school. Mike was also in the ROTC program at school. That's when he made the decision to join the U.S. Army. He wasn't quite 18 years old so to join he needed parental authorization. Mike's mother signed for Mike.

Mike's military career never took him out of the USA. He served 20 years. After the service Mike obtained work at the United States Post office. He held his position there for 8 years. Unfortunately Mike took a 2 year vacation in Adams County. It was there that he met Norberto Medina. The two stayed in contact after being released and their friendship carried on. Mike then obtained employment with the VA.

Mike and Patty met in August 2007 at a birthday party at Patty's house in Lakewood. They danced a couple songs together and Mike asked Patty for her phone number, Patty told him no, that she was not looking for a relationship. Her answer did not stop Mike. Patty would come home from work to find notes on the door or flowers with a card. Mike showed up with Noberto a couple of times just out of the blue. He kept asking Patty for her number. He even followed her into the kitchen one time and tried to kiss her. Patty stopped that real quick! Then one Saturday night, the phone rang, it was Mike. He wouldn't tell Patty how he got her number and after awhile Patty didn't care anymore. Mike and Patty began dating and quickly fell in love. One memory Patty has is Mike took her to see George Lopez downtown. While they waited for the 16th Street shuttle, Mike grabbed Patty swung her around and began dancing and singing. People were clapping and smiling!

Later that year Mike and Patty married. They made many many trips to Arizona to see Mike's son Isaiah. Soon after marriage, Mike and Patty gained guardianship of Patty's grandson Josiah. The guardianship turned into legal adoption. Both Mike and Patty love their children very much. Josiah, Patty and Mike reside with Patty's father who has medical issues. Mike called his family the 4 musketeers.

Mike had to take a medical disability retirement a few years ago. He suffered a brain bleed, a stroke and began having seizures. He struggled with his job as a Prosthetic Purchasing Agent. It took a while to get the seizures controlled. The stroke caused the onset of Dementia.

Mike kept active. He was a member of the Mile Hi Chapter's Honor Guard and became Sgt At Arms.
Mike helped his father-in-law who earned the name TOP at the Forum years ago. These two guys were thick as thieves, they were going here and there. Mike truly felt it was an honor to help TOP.

Mike had six grandchildren. He loved family gatherings, going to games to watch the grand kids play. He would have tea parties with his granddaughter, Gabby. He would take the kids fishing and to the park to play. This past fall, Mike sat on the side lines cheering on his grandson Dom while playing Soccer. He loved all of his grandchildren so much.

Then there is Isaiah and Josiah. Isaiah is very active in music and drama. This past spring, Mike flew out to Arizona to watch Isaiah perform the part of the cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. Mike was so proud of Isaiah.
Josiah and Mike were like two peas in a pod. They did everything together. They shared the father/son relationship everyday. Mike always encouraged Josiah to do his very best at whatever he was doing. Josiah was Mike's world. A world they shared together.

In closing, so many family members and friends touched Mike's life as he touched theirs. He was a loving man, protector of his family and he loved God - our Savior.
Although it's going to be very difficult to move on from his passing, it's what he would want. Remember the fun times and special memories.

Until we all meet again.....

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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Altitude Church
    7135 W. 68th Avenue
    Arvada, CO
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    Thursday, December 5th, 2019
    11:00am
  • Interment

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Fort Logan National Cemetery
    3698 S. Sheridan Blvd.
    Denver, Colorado
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    Thursday, December 5th, 2019
    1:00pm

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