Obituary: Michael Douglas Wolff Dec. 8, 1953 – Oct. 30, 2019

MICHAEL DOUGLAS WOLFF Dec. 8, 1953 – Oct. 30, 2019

Mike Wolff died recently in a place he loved—the family cabin in Colorado. He was surrounded by the spirits of those he loved and those who loved him, happy memories, and beautiful views of the Spanish Peaks and the Rocky Mountains.

Michael Douglas Wolff was born on December 8, 1953, in Minnesota and was the second child of Marilyn Louise (Jones) Wolff and Walter Pitts Wolff. He grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico and graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1972.

Mike worked at Pierotti’s Flower Shop, both before and after his three-year military service in the U.S. Army in Germany from May 1975 to May 1978. He became a skilled carpenter and did construction throughout Los Alamos and in the Jemez area.

His building skills took him to Hawaii to oversee construction of a house on the Kona Coast, where he ended up staying several years. He lived on and cared for a small coffee farm there, learning the process of coffee growing. He liked to garden and frequently had a small vegetable patch; he was extremely proud of the big avocados he grew. Living on the Big Island allowed him to golf and fish year-round.

In 1994, Mike and his dad spent a year building the family vacation cabin near Trinidad, Colorado. He claimed it wasn’t work because “I’m building it for people I love.” 

Mike returned to the Jemez area from Hawaii and in 2013 he moved to the Colorado cabin, where he was living at the time he died on October 30, 2019.

Mike was truly a loving, kind, and generous spirit who never met a stranger. We will miss his humor, warmth, and love of life and family.

Mike is survived by his mother, Marilyn Zeigner, in Arizona; his sisters Nancy Wolff (Howard Thorhaug) in Idaho, Mary Pike (Tom) in Nevada, Judith Trujillo in Arizona; and brother Steven Wolff (Teresa Wright) in Wyoming. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins; his stepmother Joyce Wolff in Los Alamos; stepsister Shari Mills (Bill) in Los Alamos; stepsister Chris Thompson (Lyman) in Indiana; and other extended family. He leaves behind a special friend, Ron Rogde, in the Jemez.

The family will gather to remember Mike at a later date. Contributions in Mike’s name can be made to Los Amigos de Valles Caldera or to a charity of your choice.