Michael Wayne “Easy” Teague


Michael Wayne “Easy” Teague, 56, died at his home in the Wishkah Valley on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Mike was born March 27, 1956, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Jean and Ethel (Priebe) Teague.

He moved from Hoquiam to the Wishkah Valley in 1964. There began his love for motorcycles. As a kid he spent many hours riding dirt bikes cross country with his buddies.

Mike attended Wishkah Valley School graduating in 1974. On November 22, 1974, Mike married the love of his life Shirley Woodring in Montesano. She survives him at the family home.

While in high school, Mike excelled in basketball and his second love was born! He passed his love for the sport onto his daughters and he gave freely of his time as a coach and mentor to the youth of the Wishkah Valley. He began co-coaching 5th and 6th grade girls with his wife Shirley in the late 1980’s. His basketball coaching career continued for several years. In 1990, he and Shirley founded the Wishkah Future Stars Basketball Clinics which ran from 1990 to 1996. In 2009, the Teague Family Basketball Camp was founded with Shirley and his daughters. The camp is still running and teaching the kids of the Wishkah Valley the fundamentals of the game.

Mike’s dream of owning a Harley came from his father. Responsibility came first with Mike and after Crystal graduated High School it was time to make his dream a reality. In January of 1997 Mike purchased his first Harley. Weather never mattered to him and with Shirley by his side they bundled up and hit the road. Together they traveled through many states. Mike loved Montana’s long, straight highways and unlimited speed limits!

He loved friends, family and a good party. His chickens were an unending amusement for him. Nothing made his world brighter than his daughters and their kids. Whether it was teaching them basketball or how to ride a motorcycle he enjoyed every minute he spent with them. He was so proud of them and spoke about them daily to his friends and co-workers. His grandkids and family were his whole world and he would tell everyone all about them.

Mike had worked for Interstate Asphalt while still in high school, Long’s Foundry, Anderson Middleton, Mayr Bros. and worked as a log stacker operator for the Port of Grays Harbor since 1984. He was a past member of ABATE of GH, the GH Chapter of BASH and the Wishkah Booster Club. He was a current member of ILWU Local 24.

In addition to his wife, Mike is survived by his two daughters and their husbands, Shannon and Bob Anderson of the Wishkah Valley and Crystal and Seth Lawton of Cosmopolis; two sisters, Sharon Teague of the Wishkah Valley and Jean and Mike Jones of Cosmopolis; three grandchildren, Zack and Jace Anderson and Emily Lawton. Although he was not his biological Dad, Mike was very proud to call his nephew, Josh Berry his son. Josh married Susan Ancich in 2009 giving Mike a daughter-in-law and two more grandchildren, Adam and Ally Ancich. Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Ethel Teague and many close friends.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that any donations be made to the Wishkah Booster Club c/o Wendy Olson, 30 Happy Land Lane, Aberdeen, WA 98520.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the Hoquiam Elks Lodge.

To sign the online book of memories please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.