Michael James Townsend

Michael  Townsend

Michael James Townsend, born January 1, 1942, died of natural causes on September 29, 2017. Michael was born to Perry and Gertrude Townsend (Schaefer) in Hutchinson, Minnesota.

Michael graduated from the University of Mexico before flying for 32 years as an Alaska Airlines Captain. Michael married the love of his life, Diane Townsend (Florence) in 1984. Their years together were spent traveling abroad, boating on their 62’ Chris-Craft, picking apples in Lake Chelan, and creating cherished memories with friends and family.

Michael is preceded in death by his loving parents, Perry and Gertrude. He is survived by his adoring wife Diane; loving brother David Townsend; stepdaughters Kelly Allan (Travis) and Sara Kendall; nieces Deanna Gilchrist (Craig) and Ryanne Townsend as well as four grandchildren and one great niece and nephew. He loved you all dearly.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 20, 2017 at 2 pm at Rainier Memorial Center (2807 Terrace Heights Drive, Yakima, WA 98901).