Michael Lloyd Etherington was born in Salt Lake City on January 9, 1982, to Rendell and Yvonne Lloyd Etherington. Mike passed away on August 12, 2023, from multiple health complications and pneumonia.
Mike grew up in Sandy, graduating from Hillcrest High in 2000. During his sophomore year, he joined the ice hockey team. He was injured in one of the first games, requiring a quick visit to the ER where a large tumor was discovered with a diagnosis of Hodgkins Lymphoma. Even while receiving chemotherapy, he continued his studies, so he could graduate with his friends.
Michael was a Make-A-Wish recipient, given a Wish Trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where he participated as a Civil War Re-enactor. This experience helped Mike as he completed his radiation therapy treatments.
Mike was an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved scouting with his Dad. He was an Eagle Scout and a staff member for Junior Leader Training at East Fork of the Bear.
Michael has been blessed with his two beautiful daughters who added love without ceasing and joy to his life.
He is survived by his two daughters, Abigail (6) and Elizabeth (3), parents, sister Christi (Matt) Banks, and nephews Matthew, Jackson, Anderson, and a large extended family. Also survived by his girlfriend Angela Peterson.
A public viewing will be held Friday evening, August 18th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary in Riverton, 3688 W. 12600 S. Riverton, Utah. The funeral will be held Saturday, August 19th at 11 a.m. in the Aurora Vista Ward, 14868 Juniper Crest Road, Herriman, Utah. A viewing will also be held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the chapel.
Special thanks to the many neighbors, ward members, Primary teachers, friends, and family for their kind support to us at this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations to his funeral expenses are appreciated.
I remember being a kid and being so excited to go to Mike's house to play legos. He had every set, and we would dig in bins of legos for hours trying to find the one piece we needed to complete our builds. Video games, movies, playing in the back yard, trips to the zoo, hanging out in the car after football games, the lake Powell half-moon, arguing over t-shirts for a school dance, fighting invisible people, and driving in his car listening to music with so much bass your bones rattled for an hour after you left the car. So many great memories that will always be here. As I ponder all the great times I had with Mike, I see him silently chuckling to himself. You will be missed but not forgotten.
This is heartbreaking, but I know you are at peace. Thank you for our friendship, and all the fun times we had. You will be missed.
We are so sorry to hear this news. I will never forget our Make A Wish tour in Gettysburg. Michael was a very engaged and intelligent participant. Sending heartfelt condolences.
I worked with Mike for several years. He was a good man and always had a smile and joke ready. He loved his girls fiercely and he will be missed. Much love and prayers for his family!
I worked with Mike, briefly at a software company in Lehi. Mike and I bonded over our mutual love of hockey. Mike was very quick to learn, he adapted to the technical requirements quickly and I was proud to have been a part of his learning experience there.
Mike once did the kind of favor for me that only real friends would do. I was pushing the "E" on the gas tank a little too far one day and ended up stranded, out of gas, on the side of a busy road in Eagle Mountain. Mike came to my rescue. He arranged a gas can pick up from my house, a trip to the gas station to fill it, and then had it delivered to me in my time of need so I could get my kids home from school. That may sound like a somewhat trivial thing, but to me, it meant he was the kind of guy that genuinely cared about his friends and coworkers. Having people like that in your life is how you measure friends vs acquaintances, making the difference very stark.
Godspeed, Mike. We will see you again.
I was so sad to hear of his passing. He was such a kind guy despite his many struggles in life. We were friends from elementary through Highschool. He was my grade school Valentines dance partner & Junior Prom date. Our group of friends had so much fun together and he will always be included in fond memories. He will be so missed. Sending support & peace for your loved ones. Rest easy Mike 😇