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In loving memory of
Michael “Mike” Phelan
  • November 23, 1946
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  • June 03, 2022

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Michael “Mike” Phelan, rounded the bases and slid into home base one last time on June 3, 2022.   To many of his friends and family he was known as “Mykey.”  Mike was born in Clinton County, Ohio and was a lifelong sports fanatic whose sporting prowess on the baseball field as a catcher earned him a scholarship to Kent State University in Ohio.  While at college he met his wife of almost 54 years, Patty.  After the birth of their son Rob, the family moved to sunny Daytona Beach, Florida and welcomed daughter Cori.  Mike started out working for Arco gas and then branched out and started his own gas station businesses. Mike worked tirelessly for years to build up numerous successful businesses. During this time, he enjoyed coaching basketball and baseball for his son Rob who was also a catcher. Baseball fields across Florida can still hear him saying “hey batter batter, swing.” He also enjoyed taking the family waterskiing in the summers on Wildcat Lake. After he sold his businesses, Mike went on to work at Daytona Beach Community College where he enjoyed working with the college students.  After the birth of his grandchildren, Billy, Wylie and Colbey, Mike became a dedicated AA follower and found a calling in helping others on their journey to sobriety. Along with his AA journey came Mike’s never-ending quest to play the perfect game of golf.  No one is sure if he managed it, but it was not for lack of hitting balls and trying to perfect his swing.  Mike continued to reinvent himself becoming a professional golf club maker, much to the chagrin of his wife, whose perfectly clean garage became full of golf club making equipment. Once the golf swing had been “perfected,” he moved on to pickle ball becoming an avid pickle ball player later in life as evidenced by his plethora of brightly colored pickle ball shoes.  Mike passed onto his children a hard work ethic and a love of spinning a good yarn.   To his many cats over the years, he was affectionately known as the “turkey man” and to his grand pup “Finn” he was “treat man.”

He leaves behind on the baseball field his wife Patty, son Rob, daughter Cori, son-in-law James, grandchildren Billy, Wylie, Colbey, great grandchildren Becca and Brody, his brother Dan and sister Barb.  He also leaves behind more golf club equipment and pickle ball equipment than anyone should own as well as a lifetime of memories of a life well lived and in helping others, telling stories, many times the same one, enjoying a good joke and using his daughter as the remote control in the 70s-80s.

The family is remembering his life privately as many of his life stories would just frankly be inappropriate to tell in a group setting.  Can you hear me now? Let me turn it up.  We can all hear you now.

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