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Michael Carl King

October 16, 1969 - June 18, 2013
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Michael Carl King was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Michael always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Michael was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges. Michael was born on October 16, 1969 at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were Edward W. III and Portia King. Michael was raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Always able to express himself well, Michael possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Michael was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic. Blessed with a balanced attitude, Michael was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. He had one brother Edward W. IV and one sister Paula King. Michael had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return. As a young child, Michael showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Michael enjoyed...
Michael Carl King was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Michael always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Michael was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

Michael was born on October 16, 1969 at Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were Edward W. III and Portia King. Michael was raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Always able to express himself well, Michael possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Michael was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Blessed with a balanced attitude, Michael was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. He had one brother Edward W. IV and one sister Paula King. Michael had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

As a young child, Michael showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Michael enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in basketball and dance. He was a Cub Scout. In his spare time he liked computers and dancing. One of Michael's memorable achievements included being an honor student.

Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Michael was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Bishop Ward High School in 1988. His favorite classes in high school were science and math. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Evelyn Townsend. He was a member of the Kansas City Dance Theater, directed by Nelda Hill. He was also a member of the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He left home at the age 19 to pursue a dance career. He lived abroad and appeared in the Broadway musical production of CATS and Starlight Express.

When the goal of college was in sight, it became important to Michael. Again, his direct, “down to earth” approach served him well. He was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. He graduated magna cum laude and received Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from American InterContinental University. He also pursued graduate school, earning his Master’s in Business Administration from American InterContinental University with an emphasis in Healthcare Management.

Friends and acquaintances found Michael an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Michael was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Brian Hanis, Jay Hawkins and Jose Cabrera. Later in life, he became friends with Jose Sida and Clint Nowery.

On February 26, 2005 Michael exchanged wedding vows with Sandra Jo Coning at the Little Church of the West of Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael was attentive to Sandra's feelings, and he charmed Sandra and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Michael was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

Very much like a kid himself, Michael identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Michael was blessed with two sons, Porter Michael King and Logan Edward King. Michael was proud of his children; he loved being around them and interacting with them. They were the apple of his eye and kept a smile on his face.

Michael was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Michael’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Michael was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Michael could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was Marketing and Community Relations. He recently obtained his residential facility administrator license. Prior to his current occupation Michael was also a real-estate agent and a certified hyperbaric technician. He was currently employed by Hospice of Las Vegas and also worked in various medical facilities such as HealthSouth, Sunrise Hospital, St. Rose Dominican Hospital and Emeritus Senior Living.

Michael was in the United States Navy. Michael was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was a Hospital Corpsman. He achieved the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

Michael enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were target shooting, playing video games with his kids and the study of history. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Because he liked to take risks, Michael was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Michael was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were basketball and football.

Travel and vacations were experiences that Michael truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included any beach.

Michael was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Michael’s favorite pets were Lucy and Diego King, his Chihuahuas. He was best friends with Lucy for six years and Diego for seven years.

Michael passed away on June 18, 2013 at Summerlin Hospital, Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael fought an eight month brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife of eight years Sandra King; two sons Porter and Logan; parents Edward W. III and Portia King of Kansas City, Kansas; brother Edward W. IV (Dolores) of Shawnee, Kansas and sister Paula King of Kansas City, Kansas; and two nieces Anna King and Lauren King of Shawnee, Kansas. Services were held at Palm Mortuary Chapel.

Michael was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Michael had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Michael Carl King.

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"Ed and Portia--I have been blest, because many years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael at the McCarron International Airport terminal as he was..." JACK ADAMS (OVERLAND PARK,, KS)

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