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Michael Crothers

Oct. 3, 1944 – Oct. 13, 2018


November 1, 2018

Mike was a constant explorer of news, politics and history. So it was only fitting he passed while on an “exploration” cruise ship while sailing the New England coast line from Halifax to New York City. Officially, James Michael Crothers, died October 13, 2018 in Salem, Massachusetts of cardiopulmonary arrest.

Mike was born in Bend, Oregon on October 3, 1944. He and his family moved to Dayton when he was in the 2nd grade. He was with the Dayton High School graduating class of 1962, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. “Once a Marine, always a Marine” was his motto.

While attending college he and his wife Bonnie (Pardue) began a career in motel management, which gave Mike the opportunity to excel in the property management field of business to become a partner in Northwest Equity Investments. His responsibility in his company was the overseeing of many R.V. parks, hotels, motels and apartment complexes across the U.S.

His second career was what he enjoyed the most, moving back to Dayton to partner with his brother, Gene, in the purchase of the Sports Center. He cherished the time spent with Gene doing the remodel to create Cracker B’s Pub and Grill.

Mike’s third career before his much enjoyed retirement was working with his childhood friend, Steve McMunn, in the floor covering business.

Mike ran on the original Olympic track in Greece, strolled along the Mediterranean in the Costa del Sol, rode a camel in Morocco, explored the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki in the Cook Islands and roamed the beaches and enjoyed the relaxed culture of the Hawaiian Island many times.

Mike’s wit, curiosity of life and his devotion to his family will be greatly missed by his mother, Rosemary Leedy Crothers Newman and his wife, Bonnie, both of Dayton. His daughter Megan (Jim) Hahn, granddaughter Autumn Skye Hahn. His daughter from a previous marriage, Lori (Rob) Bendix and their children Liam and Keira.

Mike has requested no services. If you would like to remember him in some way please think of the Blue Mountain Humane Society or the Dayton Dog Park.


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