Michael “Mick” Brent Lish, age 73, passed away November 21, 2019, in Tooele, Utah.
A private family viewing will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at Sonoran
Skies Mortuary, 5650 E. Main St., Mesa AZ 85205. A graveside service will follow at 10:00 a.m.
at the City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201.
Michael Brent Lish, the son of Paul Merrill Lish and Ruth Peterson, was born on January 16,
1946, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Michael lived in Pocatello, Idaho; Lincoln, Nebraska; St. Louis,
Missouri; and Evansville, Indiana during his growing up years.
Michael was known for his red hair, quick intellect, great speaking voice, and ability to start a
conversation with anyone he met. As a child, he loved celery and would eat an entire bunch of it
in one sitting. He loved radio from a young age and set up a “radio station” in his basement with
a record player and radio. Michael often interviewed his sisters and their friends, asking them
about school classes and activities. He told them the radio broadcast could be heard for several
blocks. He also enjoyed fishing trips and baseball games with his grandpa.
At age 17, Michael joined the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to England. He was a cook and
achieved the rank of Sergeant. After his service in the military, he was called in 1968 as a
missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the North Argentine Mission.
His mission president was (future LDS apostle) Richard G. Scott, and Michael remembered
President Scott fondly his entire life.
After his mission he married Sharon Ann von Harten on March 5, 1971, in the Idaho Falls Idaho
Temple. They were married for 29 years and had 6 children. Favorite family memories included
singing “Smokey the Bear”, camping, fishing, working at the radio station, helping adjust and
install satellite dishes, eating Banquet and Albertsons chicken, driving Pintos, going to Ice
Capades and the circus, trips to Idaho Falls to see grandparents, and “going crazy” on road trips
to Blythe, California.
Radio was Michael’s passion. He worked for KRXK in Rexburg, Idaho while attending Ricks
College (now BYUI), KID in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and KEVA in Evanston, Wyoming. In 1978, he
realized his dream of owning a radio station and purchased KACH 1340 in Preston, Idaho. He
and his family managed and ran that station until they moved to Glendale, Arizona in 1986.
While in Arizona, he worked for KHEP radio where he hosted “Open Mike with Mike”. He also
began selling satellite dishes while in Arizona and developed his love for the Arizona Cardinals.
He moved back to Idaho Falls in March of 2000. Michael married Rena Goodey on July 14,
2010. They lived in Pocatello, Idaho; Logan, Utah; and Salt Lake City, Utah. They were married
until March 2019.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather Boyd J. Wood.
Michael is survived by his children: Jennifer (Reed) Haymore, Angela (Jeff) Judd, Jeffrey
(Maria) Lish, David (Julie) Lish, Christopher Lish, and James (Tricia) Lish, and grandchildren:
Brianna (Logan) Wynn, Joshua (Mercedie) Haymore, Haley Judd, Jordan (Brooklyn) Haymore,
Dallin Judd, Zachariah Haymore, Grant Judd, Sara Lish, Sterling Haymore, Tyler Judd, Emily
Lish, Ryan Lish, Hunter Haymore, Abigail Lish, Calvin Judd, Presley Lish, Hadley Lish, Carter
Lish, Quinley Lish, and Wyatt Lish. He is also survived by siblings Marilyn (Hank) Brown, Gloria
Lish, and Carol (Craig) Stewart, and step-siblings Edgar Wood, Kennieth Wood, and Kathy
We would like to offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to all staff and medical personnel at
Tooele Rocky Mountain Care for their care of our dad during the last months of his life.
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