Micheal Jon Carey passed away at Riverstone Health Hospice Home in Billings, MT on November 19, 2022 at the age of 61. Mike was born in Miles City, MT to Norman and Frankie (Hougaard) Carey. He was the second born child after his sister Misty and 12 years later Camille joined the family. He spent much of his childhood on the family farm riding the bus to school before the family moved into town. Mike attended Lincoln Elementary, Washington Middle School, and graduated from CCDHS in 1979. While in high school he excelled in basketball, golf, and some shenanigans too.
Mike graduated in 1982 in Phoenix, AZ with an associates degree in basic electronics from DeVry Institute of Technology. He excelled there and would complete his labs for the entire trimester in one day. There were many friends from home attending DeVry at the time for him to play tennis, backgammon, and go swimming with. Many Saturday nights were spent at Dooley’s in Tempe.
He married Kristine Brown in 1983. After leaving Phoenix they moved to Colorado Springs, CO where Mike was hired by Ford Aerospace as a supervisor/field engineer. After a short while there he was transferred to Warner Robins, GA and then to Sacramento, CA. Mike worked as a civilian at McClellan AFB. He was part of a team that worked on the first tandem computers. He was highly respected by his bosses and counted on to fix many problems at different sites.
In June of 1989 his son Colton was born in Carmichael, CA. Colton was the light of his dads life. Mike was so happy that he was going to have someone to share his love of basketball with. In 2000, Mike moved back to Miles City and eventually back to the family farm just south of town. There he often enjoyed stargazing on a warm summer night. He was fascinated by space and the universe.
Mike loved spending time with his son. They would enjoy playing basketball, darts, and 4 wheeling at his cabin in the Pine Hills. They loved to attend and watch NBA games together and would regularly bet against each other. Mike was a Lakers fan and also a Chargers fan. Woodworking, attending rock concerts, his cats, and spending time with friends were some of the things he also enjoyed. His sense of humor will be remembered by all.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Norman Carey; his grandparents Clayton and Hansine Carey, and Garth and Myrtle Hougaard. He is survived by his mother Frankie Carey of Capitola, CA; his son, Colton Carey of Bismarck, ND; his sisters Misty Carey of Bozeman, MT; Camille Carey of Albuquerque, NM; nephew Clayton Carey of Albuquerque, NM; former spouse Kristine Carey of Bismarck, ND.
Mike’s celebration of life will be held Monday, November 28, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City with burial to follow at Custer County Cemetery. A reception will follow at the Golden Spur. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.