Thursday, July 10, 2008

Michael Richards Hinckley

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Michael Richards Hinckley 1935 ~ 2008 Michael Richards Hinckley, age 72, passed away on Monday, July 7, 2008 at his home in Holladay after a long battle with cancer. He was born December 21, 1935, in Salt Lake City to Frederick R. Hinckley and Lois Richards Hinckley. He attended Granite High School and was in the first graduating class of Olympus High School. He went to BYU, graduated from the U of U and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1962. He married Jean Folsom March 20, 1958, in the Salt Lake Temple. He was a missionary in England from 1956-1958. He returned to England as Mission President of the England Birmingham Mission from 1999-2002. He served as Bishop in Rochester, MN. He loved the outdoors, hunting, and guns and had special friends who shared this love. He loved sports, especially football. He was High School All-American at Olympus, played for BYU and was forever a fan. After his MBA, he joined his father's business at American Paper and Supply in Salt Lake. He became the Head of Strategic Planning for Saxon Industries. He moved to Chicago to become Treasurer of Americana Hotels and worked for Kahler Hotels as Head of Marketing in Rochester, MN. Mike and wife Jean celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. Mike is survived by his wife, Jean and their children: M. Russell (Susan), Apple Valley, MN; Mary Thatcher (Blake), Lake Forest, IL; Stephen, Sandy, UT; Ted (Libbie), South Jordan, UT; Jeanie Rennie (Paul), Issaquah, WA; Patrick (April), Manchester, CT; Ann Stucki (Brian), Holladay, UT; brother Frederick R. Hinckley, Kaysville, UT; and 24 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren. Services will be Saturday, July 12 at 1 p.m. at the Holladay 18th and 28th Wards, 2625 E. Milo Way in Holladay, UT. The family will receive friends Friday, July 11 at Wasatch Lawn, 3401 S. Highland Drive from 6-8 p.m. and beginning at 11:30 on Saturday at the ward. Interment will be at Wasatch Lawn. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bennion Center at the U of U or the Edwin Smith Hinckley Scholarship at BYU. Many thanks for the services of the wonderful doctors and staff at Huntsman Cancer Institute and the Millcreek Home Health Care and Hospice.

President and Sister Hinckley and Leslie in the middle. This was at Christmas time 1999 in England.

President and Sister Hinckley with Leslie in the middle. This was the day I was going home from England. May 30, 2000

This is my mission president and his wife. Anyone who has served a mission for our church understands the importance of a mission president and his wife. They are the Dad and Mom while you are away from home and they are there to guide, love and support you in the hard times and the great times while you serve the Lord. I am truly grateful for President and Sister Hinckley. I am grateful for their examples in my life and for the love and support they have shown to me over the years. I love you both.
I just heard this evening about President Hinckley passing away this week. It was a difficult thing to hear. My thoughts keep going to Sister Hinckley and the loss she is experiencing at this time. I know the devastation and the pain she must be feeling, I still feel it now. I hope and pray she can be shown the love and support that I have been shown by so many loving people near and far. I hope and pray she will feel the peace and comfort that comes from our loving Savior. Sister Hinckley and her family will be in my prayers.
Thank you to the Hinckleys for sharing President and Sister Hinckley with us.

I love you, Aaron...

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Emma-Kate Castricum said...


I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of someone revered by you. He sounded like a great man.

That was a lovely tribute to him and I'm sure his wife would be very greatful.

With love,


Matt & Shauna said...

My heart just sunk when I read your post this morning. I love President Hinckley and I was just thinking of him last week. He was so good to me and all the missionaries in England and I will be eternally grateful for his service and friendship. Thanks for posting this, Leslie.

Mindy said...

They look and sound like amazing, wonderful people! Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. I love seeing your mission pictures.

cucciolo25 said...

Sad. They sound like wonderful people. You have empathy that not many can offer at yor age. A sad loss for you and for his dear wife.

cucciolo25 said...

That was actually Kristi logged onto Spencer's blogger account.

Jyl said...

Hey great minds think alike, I posted a thing about president Hinckley also on my blog! I will miss him so much, he was amazing to you and I! Until we meet again right?

Helen said...

I found your link off of Jyl's site. I miss President Hinckley too. I recently found out about Aaron. How devastating that must be; I am so sorry.
I am happy to see some pics of little Aaron: He is adorable!