Michael Fata passed away peacefully September 11, 2021 with loved ones by his side. He was 70 years old.
Michael was born in Seattle and grew up in the Rainier Valley (South Seattle). He was a graduate of Cleveland High School, class of 1968.
After graduating from high school Michael enlisted with the Navy and served on a military supply ship until 1970. Shortly after returning home he began working for the Boeing Company at the Renton plant where he proudly worked for 30 years. Michael thrived at Boeing working his way up in the company from riveter to manager where he forged many life long friendships.
Michael was always extremely close to parents Rose & Peter Fata as well as his sister Rosemary. He loved going to Reno with his family where he would play Keno with his mother and slot machines with his sister. Michael later became quite the poker player and enjoyed trips to Reno & Las Vegas with his buddies as well as his near daily visit to the Muckleshoot casino where he enjoyed playing in the poker tournaments. Michael and Rosemary often went to the casino together long after their parents passed away. Michael had a real knack for card playing and entertained his family with stories of his adventures playing cards late at night so he could, “take money from drunk people”.
In 1980 Michael married Shirley Kent and became Step Father to daughter Michelle and son Richard. The family resided in Kent where Michael and Shirley became involved in the Kent Knights Jr. Football Association and the the Kent Jaycees. Michael always had a philanthropic spirit and absolutely loved the civic work that the Jaycees did for the Kent community. He was a generous soul who always found joy in helping others. Michael also enjoyed coaching Richard’s baseball and basketball teams as well as assistant coaching his junior football teams.
Michael has always had a deep adoration for his nieces & nephews Robert, Richard, Lisa and Heather. He especially loved to shop for funny cards to present to them at special occasions. He always made sure that each kid had a different card, each one as funny as the last. He loved cracking people up with his hilarious cards. Michael always had a fabulous sense of humor. We are all going to miss that very much.
Michael became a grandfather for the first time in 1990 (Kyle) and again in 1995 (Shane), 1997 (Lindsay) and in 2002 (Jackson). Michael was a constant at all of his grandkids school events, birthday parties and especially their sporting events. He loved watching the kids play sports! He never missed a game.
Michael was many things to so many people and will most be remembered for his kind and generous nature. He was a sweet man who had great compassion for helping the most needy of society.
In retirement Michael volunteered at the Renton food bank and more recently at the Bonney Lake food bank when re-located to the area in 2018. Michael enjoyed fishing the Green River and golfing when ever the opportunity presented itself. He absolutely loved the Pacific Northwest, especially our local sports teams. He was a true Seahawk fan from the day the franchise came to town in 1976. He became a die hard Mariners fan when they took the place of the Seattle Rainiers in 1979 and he absolutely loved Husky Football. You would almost always see Michael dressed in a Husky or Seahawk sweatshirt. It was his go to outfit.
Michael is preceded in death by Grandmother Rose Ziviello, Father Peter Fata, Mother Rose Fata, son Richard Lindsay and great nephew Antonio Scott.
Michael is survived by sister Rosemary Emler, former wife Shirley Fata, daughter Michelle Fasser (Scott Fasser), grandsons Kyle Lindsay, Shane Mills and Jackson Fasser, granddaughter Lindsay Fasser, nieces Lisa Nelson and Heather Fata, nephews Robert Scott and Richard Scott, great nephews Michael Scott, Austin Scott and Blake
Nimke, great nieces Taneshia Scott, Oksauna Nelson, Amber Scott and Janessa Le, great great nephews Tramaine Johnson and Michael Prescott, great great niece Lily Prescott as well as some of the greatest friends a guy could have.
Services will be held at Columbia Funeral home on October 2, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. Please RSVP to email@example.com
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