In memory of
Michael King Wells
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In memory of
Michael King Wells
Michael King Wells Aug. 2, 1943 - July 5, 2017 Michael Wells passed away unexpectedly July 5, 2017 while hiking in the Dolomites in Italy, on a long-anticipated trip with his wife, Julie Lawrence, the love of his life. He lived life true to his moral compass, leading with compassion and by example. He inspired those around him to show up for the people you love, to be involved in causes you care about, to be present in the moment, and to choose work that feeds your soul. Michael was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, grant writer, social activist, consultant and journalist. Michael was born Aug. 2, 1943 in Martin's Ferry, Ohio to Georgia King Wells and Donald Allen Wells, and grew up in Modesto, Calif. Michael's strong belief in social justice, civil rights and equality for all was evident in his lifelong personal actions and community engagement. In the 1960s he was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Committed to nonviolence, he refused induction into the army during the Vietnam War and was granted conscientious objector status. With the birth of twin daughters, Maya and Melissa, in 1970 (with his first wife Mary Wells), Michael settled down to make Portland his permanent home. His daughters were a source of love, pride and happiness throughout his life. He had a varied work life, founding two Portland newspapers, managing KBOO community radio, writing for Willamette Week, and fund-raising for the ACLU and Hospice House. In 1986 he began practicing yoga, where he met his future wife, Julie. That year he also started his own business, Grants Northwest, translating his passion for social justice into a profession. For the next 30 years he wrote grants for nonprofits, championing causes he cared about. Michael taught grant writing at Portland State University in addition to writing and publishing four books on grant writing. In 1987 Michael received joyous news - the discovery of his third and oldest daughter, Julie Ward Asregadoo, whom he enfolded into his life. Michael married Julie Lawrence in 1992 in the back yard of their new home. They traveled together, exploring five continents. Michael and Julie loved spending time with family and grandkids, dancing, and going to arts performances. A life-long runner, Michael participated in the Hood to Coast race with the Running Dogs team. He was a compulsive and omnivorous reader. Music was central to his life; an amazingly varied soundtrack was always playing in the background wherever he was. Michael was an avid volunteer throughout his life as well. He delivered Meals on Wheels for over two decades, was a regular blood donor, served on the KBOO board, and actively volunteered for many political campaigns. Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Robert "Bobby" Wells. He is survived by his wife, Julie Lawrence; daughters and sons-in-law, Julie Asregadoo (Ted Asregadoo), Melissa Wells (Jason Gibb), Maya Wells (Herb Jahncke); and his grandchildren, Maya Asregadoo, Jack and Sophie Barinaga and Chloe and Justin Jahncke. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 10, 2017, at Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College. In honor of Michael wear something orange. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Oregon Community Foundation. www.oregonCF.org . Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Michael King Wells
Michael King Wells Aug. 2, 1943 - July 5, 2017 Michael Wells passed away unexpectedly July 5, 2017 while hiking in the Dolomites in Italy, on a long-anticipated trip with his wife, Julie Lawrence, the love of his life. He lived life true to his moral compass, leading with compassion and by example. He inspired those around him to show up for the people you love, to be involved in causes you care about, to be present in the moment, and to choose work that feeds your soul. Michael was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, grant writer, social activist, consultant and journalist. Michael was born Aug. 2, 1943 in Martin's Ferry, Ohio to Georgia King Wells and Donald Allen Wells, and grew up in Modesto, Calif. Michael's strong belief in social justice, civil rights and equality for all was evident in his lifelong personal actions and community engagement. In the 1960s he was deeply involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Committed to nonviolence, he refused induction into the army during the Vietnam War and was granted conscientious objector status. With the birth of twin daughters, Maya and Melissa, in 1970 (with his first wife Mary Wells), Michael settled down to make Portland his permanent home. His daughters were a source of love, pride and happiness throughout his life. He had a varied work life, founding two Portland newspapers, managing KBOO community radio, writing for Willamette Week, and fund-raising for the ACLU and Hospice House. In 1986 he began practicing yoga, where he met his future wife, Julie. That year he also started his own business, Grants Northwest, translating his passion for social justice into a profession. For the next 30 years he wrote grants for nonprofits, championing causes he cared about. Michael taught grant writing at Portland State University in addition to writing and publishing four books on grant writing. In 1987 Michael received joyous news - the discovery of his third and oldest daughter, Julie Ward Asregadoo, whom he enfolded into his life. Michael married Julie Lawrence in 1992 in the back yard of their new home. They traveled together, exploring five continents. Michael and Julie loved spending time with family and grandkids, dancing, and going to arts performances. A life-long runner, Michael participated in the Hood to Coast race with the Running Dogs team. He was a compulsive and omnivorous reader. Music was central to his life; an amazingly varied soundtrack was always playing in the background wherever he was. Michael was an avid volunteer throughout his life as well. He delivered Meals on Wheels for over two decades, was a regular blood donor, served on the KBOO board, and actively volunteered for many political campaigns. Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Robert "Bobby" Wells. He is survived by his wife, Julie Lawrence; daughters and sons-in-law, Julie Asregadoo (Ted Asregadoo), Melissa Wells (Jason Gibb), Maya Wells (Herb Jahncke); and his grandchildren, Maya Asregadoo, Jack and Sophie Barinaga and Chloe and Justin Jahncke. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Sept. 10, 2017, at Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College. In honor of Michael wear something orange. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Oregon Community Foundation. www.oregonCF.org . Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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