October 19, 1968-April 20, 2017
Our crazy cowboy, Luke Edward Mickelson, passed away April 20th at his childhood home in Laramie, WY.
Luke was born on the opening day of elk season, to James and Nancy Mickelson. His mother fully intended to fill her tag, but instead of bringing home an elk, brought home a blonde haired, blue eyed boy who was so tiny he fit inside his father’s cowboy hat.
Luke was the first grandchild on his mother’s side and was doted on and spoiled by ALL of his Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents. He was shy and reserved…watching and taking everything in.
His first best buddy and partner in crime, Matt was born in 1970 and the many adventures for these two began. He was in fact his brother’s keeper and was constantly dragging Matt out of mud puddles and protecting him from rogue steers and attack deer. When their sister Bonnie was born in 1975, both boys were smitten; they fiercely loved, protected and teased her.
Luke grew up with an affinity for the hills, spending much of his life hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding and burning up dirt roads. He was a natural athlete and excelled at gymnastics, baseball, football and wrestling, having won the Governor’s award for the latter in 1984. He was also involved in 4-H and FFA and enjoyed showing sheep and steers.
At age 14 he was off to work as a ranch hand, exemplifying rural living and all things cowboy. Luke spent a lot of time traveling across the country and working with his father and brother for Lampson Crane…he never knew the fear of heights. After high school (1986) he moved to Arizona and worked in construction until the high plains called him home.
In 1990, he married Carmen Hayes and Luke began studying to be an Apprentice Lineman. The apprenticeship program was a two-year process; however, Luke completed it in just 8 months and at the top of the class. He was very proud to be a lineman for Carbon Power & Light and was well liked by his fellow workers and the ranching community his job served. He was reliable, responsible and was being groomed to become supervisor. Later in his career, Luke worked on high-voltage transmission lines, up poles that were over 100 feet high and with so much electricity that it could arc up to 9 feet wide. He was part of a helicopter lineman crew and a first responder to many natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Matthew.
Life turned upside down for Luke in September 1997, when he was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with a broken leg, back and a prognosis that he may never walk again. Through sheer will, grit, determination, coaching from Grandma Trabing and the news that he was going to be a father, he fought through. His son, Blaze James was born in April of 1998 and there was never a prouder Dad! Luke enjoyed every minute with his “Right Hand Man”. They went on many adventures together and spoke with each other every day-they were best friends.
Luke remarried in 2015 to Krusty Pastore and they welcomed a son, Emmett Cole, in July of 2016. Luke loved taking care of baby Emmett and looked forward to the experiences that they would have together.
Luke was the toughest person we ever knew and he fought through many things that a normal person could not endure. He was a lover and a warrior. Materialistic things meant nothing to him and he would give you the shirt off of his back. He was chivalrous and kind. He had a unique, dry and crazy sense of humor. He was a ferocious eater and a horrible housekeeper. There were not many books that he hadn’t read and was constantly learning and trying to know and do better. He was an amazing writer of stories, songs, poems and lyric…he never misspelled any words. He was a lone wolf, whose biggest battle was to find contentment in himself.
Luke is preceded in death by Laverne Trabing (maternal grandfather), James and Mary Mickelson (paternal grandparents), Glade Shaffer (brother), Karen Trabing Lara (Aunt) & Dustin Mickelson (cousin).
Luke is remembered with love by his Grandmother, Bonnie Trabing (Laramie), who was his greatest confidant and ally. His parents James and Nancy Mickelson (Sheridan/Laramie), Brother Matthew (Brandy) Mickelson (Riverton), Sister Bonnie (Ryan) Gregory (Sheridan), Nephews Dalton, Sam and Coye Gregory (Sheridan) and his sons Blaze Mickelson (Sheridan) & Emmett Mickelson (Elizabeth, PA), who were the lights of his life. He loved his “pack” of boys dearly. He also leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles and cousins of the Mickelson and Trabing Families.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation toward Blaze or Emmett’s education.
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A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11 a.m., at The Cowboy Saloon, 108 S. 2nd Street in Laramie WY. The family invites you for a potluck lunch immediately following where they will provide the main dish.