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10/21/1951 — 03/12/2021
Mike Malley passed peacefully on Friday, March 12 th , in the presence of family after a courageous battle with his health. Born in Longview, WA he was the first of five children. Mike attended a new grade school each year as his parents searched for a place to root the family pharmacy, ultimately settling in the Tri-Cities. In his youth and throughout his life he cherished his special friendship with the entire Boulange family. He graduated from Col-high (now RHS) in 1969. Mike enjoyed the outdoors; he treasured memories of salmon fishing with friends and family. He enjoyed goose hunting in his early years, later replaced with racquetball and ultimately fantasy football…whatever put him in the company of family and friends. Mike was an exceptional billiards player, but his love for cards “trumped” all. Always holding his cards close-to-vest, getting information from Mike was like dealing with the FBI. Unless you were within a very tight circle, inquiries about his work, women, or service always got the same response…only to be shared upon death. Mike loved the spring season at Sundowns – at times holding partial ownership in a few of the horses. An avid reader, he enjoyed reading along the shores of the Columbia. Mike took great pride in the accomplishments of his nephews and nieces, always anxious to spend time with them. He played an instrumental role with a few of the card rooms on the Parkade and will be missed by many downtown. Mike enlisted with the Air Force in 1971 and served as a linguist. His professional Quality Assurance career began with Dept of Agriculture before transitioning to the nuclear industry. He worked in many locations, but always considered the Tri-Cities as home, returning in 1991. He was proud of his career accomplishments across the nation – most recently with MSA locally. Fun loving and a bit rough around the edges, Mike was generous and willing to help anyone in need. He’d tell you exactly what he thought – and offer assistance, if he could. The things he didn’t tell you? Mike served on special assignment within the White House. He played in the World Series of Poker. Mike was a trained accordionist. And, Mike knew the cards you were holding – without seeing them.
Mike is survived by his parents, Bill and Gladys Malley; siblings Jo Ann Poland (Vic), Kit Malley (Dan Morris), Tim Malley, and Brian Malley (Theresa); nephews Dustin Poland, Mark Poland, and Paton Malley; nieces Kim Lambert, Lee Daugherty, Jill Mendez, and Jenna Malley along with extended family, countless card players, and patrons of the Kennewick Parkade.
In recognition of his many close friends and fondness of downtown Kennewick, contributions in his memory may be made to: Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership P.O. Box 6552, Kennewick, WA 99336 Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation
A proper Malley celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
Absolutely lovely words expressed about Mike. He was quite a devoted son, friend, and brother. I loved hearing about all his interests throughout his career & his various hobbies. I only knew him growing up with his sisters, but this Obit made me smile knowing that he really loved & was loved by so many people….my heart goes out to all the family who loved him so passionately. He shall be so deeply missed. I absolutely loved all the photos of his life well lived. RIP Mike Malley♥️
Mike was one of the most genuine and kindest people you could ever hope to meet. As a neighbor we knew him as the eldest sibling always quick to greet you with a friendly hello, yet seemed a bit mysterious as the older brother. Such a wonderful, loving family, you are all in my heart at this time of deep sorrow and loss. With respect and love, jan ward.
I knew and worked with Mike for many years at the site. He was always a pleasure to talk ((^&%&) with, but was always an honest and helpful man to get the job done. One of the good, old Hanford workers who we all wish we had more of. He will be missed. RIP Mike, Carl. Bet you $5.00 bucks you didn’t see this coming….????? :)….
It was an blast to work with Mike. He was always fun and had a laugh like Mutley, Snidley Whiplash’s dog. (Old cartoon)
He will be missed so much by his MSA family. RIP Mike.
Rest in peace Mike
Oh Mike, I’m glad we had the chance to be in your company. Thank you for always making us feel like part of the group. Until we meet again, may you rest in peace….you’ll need it when the rest of us get there!
My condolences to the Malley family, may your memories of Mike bring you peace. Let eternal light shine upon him.
Mike has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. I have many fond memories, one in particular where our two families went up to Neah Bay to camp and go salmon fishing. I was 8 or 9 years old. We didn’t have much luck that week until I caught the first fish of my life ! I smiled so hard as I reeled in that 8 pound salmon that my cheeks were sore for days. I was so proud! Then I went back to camp and Mike had caught a 36 pound salmon that was almost as tall as he was. Made my salmon look tiny! But it still tasted good! Mike was very gracious about that. He was gracious as he beat me in fishing and in cards! Miss your gentle ways, dear Mike!