Mike Zabriskie passed away on June 21,2022 at his home in Apache Junction, AZ. after a short battle with metastatic prostate cancer.
Mike was born on December 15,1959 in Provo,UT to Kay and Erma (Prestwich) Zabriskie. He grew up in Orem,UT, and was the oldest child with two younger brothers and a younger sister. Mike is survived by his wife Brenda Zabriskie; his daughter Kylee Westover; his son Austin (Jessica) Zabriskie; his two grandsons: Bridger (14) and Holden (8 months); and his siblings Doug, Boyd, and Karen. He is preceded in death by his parents Kay and Erma (Prestwich) Zabriskie.
He grew up loving the outdoors and fishing. He even had a pet racoon at one time. Mike attended Orem High School (1975-78) where he was known for his tall lifted black Jeep! That Jeep was his baby and he always made sure it looked amazing.
Mike went on to marry Shaunna Gish (later divorced) with whom he had two children; Kylee and Austin. He worked with his dad building houses and he built his first home for his family in American Fork, UT. Mike obtained his Associates of Arts (major in Drafting) from ITT Technical Institute. He went on to start his own company, Custom Cad, where he would design custom floor plans for homes and commercial real estate and businesses. Several of the homes that he designed were featured in the Utah and Las Vegas Parade of Homes. He loved his work and was always so proud to drive around and show off these homes.
Mike always had a passion for customized motor vehicles, So in 1994 when he designed a beautiful home for his family in Spanish Fork,UT, he also made sure the garage was large enough to fit his huge truck!
He and his young family loved to ride dirt bikes together whenever they could and he also loved spending some of his free time building remote control airplanes and flying them off the top of the Point of the Mountain. Every year he would take his family to Disneyland where he would just have to ride Pirates of the Caribbean first!
Mike later went on to marry Brenda Bell. The couple moved to Maricopa, AZ to retire after both of his parents had passed. There he loved the heat and swimming in his pool. He often teased his kids in the winter that it was “almost too cold to swim because it’s only 70 degrees,” while his kids were shoveling snow in Utah! Mike always knew how to make everyone laugh; whether it was a goofy face or a bad “dad joke”. He loved life and always lived it to the fullest.
Mike loved his faith, his family, traveling, Tommy Burger in Provo, being a grandpa, pickled beets, and helping anyone whenever the opportunity arose. Even while battling cancer he never failed to stay positive and make others smile.
We love you so much dad! We hope you have fun fishing with grandpa until we see you again!
Mike did not want a funeral but there will be a celebration of life with his closest family members to be held at a later date.
Life Story Info
Mike was a talented, soft spoken man. Before passing he was happy to be able to meet his new grandson Holden, who will carry on the family name. Though only knowing him for a few years, I observed that he and my daughter Brenda were able to forge a close bond. She was by his side and lovingly cared for him throughout his health challenges. He is now at peace and out of pain. Godspeed Mike.