Michael Frank Huntington, 62, owner and operator of Bannon Creek Quarter Horses, Tonasket, Wash., left us all too soon following a horse trailering accident and returned to his Lord and Savior on Jan. 9, 2012.
Horseman, Rancher, Father, Husband, Friend, Soldier, Brother, and Son, Mike was proud to be the father of sons: Jarod Michael and Dennis Nathan, Tacoma. He is survived by too many wives to count, but wrote fondly of his undying love for first wife, Susan Terwado, Yakima, and third wife and mother of his sons, Carolyn Wallace, Tacoma. Mike was amazed that each of his ex-wives had the same last name – plaintiff. He is also survived by fianc&#233; Melanie Bailie, Tonasket; Brother Steve (Juli) Huntington, Beverly Hills, Fla.; sister Roxa Christeanne (LeVan ) Goodey, Los Alamos, N.M.; friends of 50 years Steve and Judy Wright, Yakima; Aunts Eleanor (Sam) DeRosa, Richland, and Melinda (Larry) Smith, Sumner; Half Sisters Elizabeth and Valerie Huntington, Richland and Annette (Jeffery) Welton, Seattle; many nieces and nephews; and leaves behind friends made over the years in Tonasket, Whatcom County, Yakima, Montana, Florida, California, and birthplace Richland; 11 Registered Quarter Horses, a deaf German Shepherd, and one mean herding dog. He was preceded in death by mother Wilma Jean Robison Huntington, father Arthur S. Huntington, Richland; sister Patricia Irene, Whatcom County and grandparents Frank and Francis Robison, Seattle.
Mike loved his sons, his family, his horses, and friends. He served his country in the Marine Corps, lived a hard life, and died like the lonely cowboy he was.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 623 Whitcomb Way, Tonasket, WA, 98855. Ashes will be spread on the ranch following. Mike’s family would like to express their sincere thanks to the many friends and neighbors that have shared their kind thoughts and words, and request that any remembrances be sent to Hope for Horses, PO Box 1790, Woodinville, WA 98072.