Tyler Reed Mikesell slipped from this life much too soon on September 17, 2016 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute surrounded by his family after a brave, courageous battle with amyloidosis, a recently diagnosed rare condition which he had battled for several months. He was born April 22, 1974 to William (Bill) Reed and Diane Hadley Mikesell, the second oldest of four children.
Tyler grew up in Malad, Idaho and graduated from Malad High School in 1992. He was a very active, adventurous child and loved sports, hunting, and serving and helping others. He was always at Grandpa Fred’s side, learning how to do anything and everything that Grandpa did. Tyler married Kimberly Colton November 1992 and they had four children. They later divorced.
Tyler married the love of his life, Angela Sorensen, in June 2008 and they spent eight wonderful years together. Tyler welcomed Angela’s four children as his own and being a father and grandfather was truly his greatest joy. He looked forward to growing old with Angela, being the best grandpa ever. His grandchildren were his light. He loved that together he and Angie created the “M&M family.”
Tyler was very family-oriented. He loved spending time with them hunting, camping, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, working together, and having family dinners and outings. Island Park was a favorite destination. Tyler’s love extended far beyond family. He never left anyone out and made everyone feel loved. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone and used his many skills to help anyone in need. He was physically strong and used this strength to help many who crossed his path.
Tyler’s hands were always busy. He was not afraid to try anything. He was a skilled mechanic, loved rebuilding cars, and was an excellent cook. Tyler’s laugh was memorable and he loved music. If Tyler was happy, everyone was happy. He was energetic, colorful, a little rough around the edges, and always watching for ways to help. He was the ultimate gentleman.
Tyler’s work history included many years at La-Z-Boy, Malt-O-Meal, and most recently working as a heavy equipment operator. He built friendships and family everywhere he went. He ran his own siding business, mostly with the desire of teaching his children a trade and being able to work side-by-side with them.
Tyler is survived by his parents, his wife Angela, in-laws Dennis and Leona Sorensen, children NaTasha Dawn (TeJay) Barnes, ShyAnn Mikesell (Andy Criddle), BayLee Reed Mikesell, Jake Tyler Mikesell, Bryce Shawn (Shaila) McClure, Alysha (Kassin) Yeates, Conrad James McClure, and Shane Dennis McClure, and grandchildren Teegun and Trackstun Barnes, Weston McClure and soon to arrive Reed Brent Yeates. Tyler promised to play with the future grandchildren in heaven. He is also survived by his siblings Trisha, Trent and Troy. He was preceded in death by grandparents Fred and Sybil Hadley, Malcom and Mary Hall, Richard and Virginia Mikesell, and Uncle Dennis Hadley.
Tyler was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral services celebrating his amazing legacy will be held Friday, September 23, 2016 at the Garland Tabernacle, 140 West Factory Street, at 12 noon. A viewing will be held Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10-11:30 a.m., both at the Garland Tabernacle. Burial will be in Downey, Idaho. Friends and family are invited to the M&M residence, 669 North Main, Garland, after the viewing Thursday evening for a campfire to reminisce and remember Tyler’s life. Please bring camp chairs and stories to share.
True to Tyler’s giving nature he offered his body for research so that hopefully others will be spared the agony of this difficult condition. The family wishes to thank the many doctors and nurses that cared for Tyler as well as all the friends and family for giving compassionate service and words of love and condolences at this difficult time. Condolences and memories can be sent to the family at www.horsleyfuneralhome.com.