John Michael Budmats Obituary, Death – Preceded by
John Michael Budmats Obituary – John Michael (Mike) Budmats passed away on January 9th, 2022 in Everett, Washington. He was born in Seattle on March 7th, 1957 to John and June Budmats.
John Michael Budmats Background
Mike graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 1975 and always got top grades. He was an excellent speller and was first chair clarinet player. He worked at Lee Myles transmission in Lynnwood after high school and that is where he developed his love of working on cars. In 1979, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to attend DeVry Institute and he received an associates’ degree in electronics repair. He worked for a short time in Silicon Valley after graduating but returned to the Seattle area in 1982, working for Hewlett-Packard in Lake Stevens. He started his career at Boeing in facilities maintenance as an NC technician in 1986 and held that job for 30 years, retiring in 2016. Mike was an excellent technician and was well-liked and respected by his many friends at work.
Mike had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke. He was quick with a smile and made friends easily. He loved driving and working on fast cars and owned several over the years. He loved the sunshine and heat of Arizona and always wished he could move back there. Mike was married and divorced twice and had no biological children but he was very loving and generous toward his step-children and they all loved and respected him. He always enjoyed being with people and he liked having a busy life. He was a very neat person and a perfectionist.
John Michael Budmats Survivors
Mike was preceded in death by his father, John Budmats. He is survived by his mother June, brother Bill and sister-in-law Karen. He loved all his step-children but he was especially close to Heather Gumke, who remained a loving friend with him until his last day. Dan Mayer was a good friend to Mike as well and he loved Dan.
By 2015, it became apparent that Mike was becoming very forgetful and in 2016 it necessitated his retirement; in 2018, he was diagnosed with dementia and early-onset Alzheimer’s. Mike always missed having people around him and he loved going out fishing and crabbing with Dan and visits from Heather. He also enjoyed the company of his unofficial sister, Georgi Slate, who is a good and loyal friend to the family. Bill and Karen took him with them on many adventures and he greatly appreciated being included in their travels. In 2019, we took him to Phoenix for a week to visit his friend and DeVry classmate Kevin and he once again got to walk under the hot desert sun with his shirt off as he so loved to do.