\nMichael Bruce Gates was born December 18, 1947. He was the sixth of thirteen children.\n\nMichael passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on May 11th 2023, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 75 years old.\n\nHe is survived by the love of his life, Sheri; children Anita (Guy) & Denise; 6 Grandchildren, Tim, Andrew, Cameron, Daniel, Mikayla, and Aidan; 8 Great grandchildren, Azure; Daniel, Cambria, Gabby, Carson, Araya, Austin, & Cameron Jr.; 3 Brothers, Ed (Kris), Ernie (Linda), & Ken (Kathy); 2 Sisters: Beth (Dean) & Christine. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Henry & Ione, his brothers: Bobby, Roger, Richard, Dennis, Rodney; and sister, \nNancy. \n\nHe joined the Army and served one tour in Vietnam where he earned The National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Parachute Badge. \n\nAfter his release from the Army, Michael moved to California where he worked as a machine mechanic at Brockway Glass Company for 33 years. It was there he met his future wife, Sheri. After moving back to Utah, he worked as a custodian for the Entrada Diamond Ridge High School until he retired and started his own business, Central Vac.\n\nMichael was baptized in the Tabernacle in 1956 when he was 9 years old. After his discharge from the army, he was inactive in the church for over thirty years. Prior to moving back to Utah, Michael would sit with Sheri while the missionaries gave her lessons. During this time, he regained a testimony of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When Sheri decided to get baptized, Michael called each of his brothers and sisters to inform them of the decision. It was so emotional that they went through an entire box of Kleenex. The family all told him “it’s never too late”, and Michael had been saying it since. After Sheri’s baptism, they were sealed together for time and all eternity in the San Diego Temple on January 12, 2005. Michael and Sheri relocated to Utah in May 2005.\n\nMichael was always on the go. He retired three times and always seemed to find another job. He enjoyed woodworking but he was passionate about golf and loved his annual golfing trips with his brothers. He also loved going to the golf simulator with his good friend Greg Jensen and son-in-law Guy. He loved spending time with all of his family. Michael always had a smile on his face. He was such a happy-go-lucky and fun-loving guy. He will truly be missed.\n\nFuneral services will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Garden Park 5th Ward Chapel, 11632 S. Night Heron Road, South Jordan, Utah with a viewing from 10:00 - 10:45 am prior to the service. Interment at Larkin Sunset Gardens.