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Michael Bryan Wyborney



January 1, 1941 - October 5, 2013

Michael Wyborney, loving father, life partner, grandfather, brother and friend, died peacefully in Goldendale, WA, his home for 31 years, among family and close friends. That so many people showed up in those final days is a testament to his charisma, great heart, love of others, and the       unconditional love of his family.

Mike was born in Vancouver, WA to Irvin and Elizabeth Wyborney. He went to Fort Vancouver High School and Jefferson High School. He then received an athletic scholarship to Oregon State University. To this day, Mike holds the record for the third fastest quarter mile in track in Oregon mature sports history dating all the way back to 1960. Mike excelled at football, track, and basketball. A family friend described him as, “The best athlete to ever come out of Clark County Washington.”

After his athletic career, he started his own business in the construction trade. He later went on to become a tugboat engineer on the Columbia River and the Gulf   of Alaska. He also taught his children a love for hunting, fishing, clam digging, and many other outdoor activities in the Pacific Northwest.

 Grandpa ~ by Nikki Bond

“He taught me how to build a fire, he taught me hope and desire.

“He taught me how to shoot a gun; we’d always have so much fun.

“He supported me in every basketball game, he always treated me like fame.

“He was there when I shot my first buck, I guess Grandpa was my luck.

“Without him, I don’t know who I’d be, but one thing’s for certain ~

“I wouldn’t be me.”

Mike is survived by the love of his life for the past 31 years, Vicki Kovacich; his sister, Annette Jones; his daughter, Michann Bond; his son, Michael Wyborney Jr .; his granddaughters, Samantha Wyborney and Nikki Bond; his son-in-heart, Darren Strohl; and many good friends, among them, his best friend, Ed Mata.

There will be a last party for Mike as he would have wanted at his property north of Goldendale, WA. It will be held on Sat., Oct. 26, 2013, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  For directions and further information, please call Vicki at: (509) 773-4247.

Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale, WA, is entrusted with arrangements.


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