Michael Louis Grzadzielewski was born on December 29, 1953, in Tacoma, Washington, and passed away in Forks, Washington on April 6, 2022. A memorial service for Michael was held in July 2022 in Forks, Washington. He is survived by his brothers Mark and Andrew, and his sisters Susan and Nancy.
He was preceded in death by his mother Shirley (maiden name Williams) in 2004, his brother Steve in 2015, and his father Louis in 2021.
Michael lived in Tacoma, Washington from 1953 to 1956, then in Battleground, Washington, from 1956 to 1958. He moved with his family to Karlsruhe, Germany, where lived from 1958 to 1961. During that time he saw many of Europe’s beautiful scenery and architecture. Michael’s beautiful handwriting was the product of his elementary education in Germany, where they emphasized penmanship.
He then lived with his family in Blue River, Wisconsin, and then Melrose, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school in 1972. In 1971, Michael became the first athlete from his high school to win a state championship, winning the state championship in the discus throw. Michael also excelled in baseball, throwing two no-hitters as a freshman, and earning major league tryouts with both the Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals.
After high school, Michael lived in Melrose, Wisconsin, and then Stevens Point, Wisconsin, where he worked for the city of Stevens Point. In 1982, he moved to Tacoma, Washington. He also lived in Gig Harbor, Washington, and then moved to Forks, Washington in 1993, where he spent the rest of his life. While in Forks, he worked hunting moles, and at the Portac lumber mill in Forks before a car accident forced him to retire in 2010.
Michael loved the outdoors. He learned to fish on the Columbia River in Washington state, and also fished while living in Germany. In Wisconsin, he loved to fish in the Black River as well as the Wisconsin River. After moving back to Washington, Michael fished in the Puget Sound as well as various rivers in the Forks area.
Wherever he was, Michael always had pets. He particularly loved dogs, and he treated them as part of his family. Michael estimated that he owned over 20 dogs during his lifetime.
Those wishing to remember Michael may make a donation to Friends of Forks Animals, P O Box 2022, Forks, which Mike regularly supported.