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Obituary: AKIN, MICHAEL LEE

Published: Monday, Dec. 22 2014 6:58 p.m. MST

Michael Lee AkinLove Lasts Longer Than TimeMr. Banjo Michael Lee Akin, devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, left us all too soon, at the age of 64 due to brain cancer. He was born to Alfred A. and Mary Beverly Brown Akin on April 21, 1947 in West Covina, California. He attended schools in California and was voted most popular student in his Senior year. After graduating, Mike served an honorable mission for the L.D.S. Church in Uruguay where he made lifetime friends.Upon returning home, he married and was blessed with three sons and two daughters. He bragged that his children were his greatest achievement and reveled in the fact that they would be with him throughout all Eternity. Divorce followed and years later, he met and fell deeply in love with Julie Herzog Moore whom he often said he adored. They were married on June 28, 2008 in the Provo L.D.S Temple. A friend commented that seeing the love between Julie and Mike warmed his heart. A former Army officer, Mike worked many years in the field of Financial Services.He furthered his education by receiving a Master's Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of Phoenix. In the last fifteen years he turned his focus to Human Development. Since coming to Utah, Mike served as Director of Consulting for the Denis Waitley Company - Winning for Life, Consultant/trainer for The Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness, and oversaw Human Performance Development/ Training for Salt Lake City Corporation. Mike's specialty was human relations and communication skills from coaching to conflict resolution.Anyone who knew Mike marveled at his musical talent. He played guitar, banjo, piano and the dobra, but his favorite instrument was the banjo. He loved being known as Mr. Banjo even having it printed on his license plates. He and some good friends formed the Ridin' the Faultline Bluegrass Band in 1994 with Mike as lead singer. Every Friday night, Morley's Barbeque in Midvale, featured the band much to the enjoyment of the diners. Mike said it brought him happiness when small children would wiggle and jump up and down to their music. The band performed at weddings, private parties and looked forward to traveling to Boulder, UT each July to entertain the people in that small town. A look of pride would cover Mike's face whenever he spoke of his position as Gospel Doctrine teacher in his LDS Ward which lasted for ten years. Every month for years, he would write letters to Mormon Missionaries sending them words of encouragement along with scriptures and his own missionary experiences.He is survived by his sweetheart, Julie, his three sons, Michael (Marisha), Lee (Ginger), New York, and Jesse (Chalese), his two daughters, Emily (Ryan) Engemann, Kass (Brian) Martin and 13 grandchildren, his brothers Allen and Troy and sister, Lisa, his beloved Aunt Monnie, his friend and mother-in-law, Jean Herzog and his extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Beverly Akin.Funeral Services will be held Monday Nov. 21, at 12:00 Noon at the Rose Park Stake Center (West Chapel) 760 North 1200 West Salt Lake City. A Viewing will be held Sunday evening at the Rose Park Stake Center (West Side) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and one hour prior to services. Friends and Family may send condolences to www.garnerfuneral.com