Mitchel Lee Stephens, 74, passed way from COVID in Medford on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021.
Mickey was born on December 27, 1946 in Bend to Mitch and Lee Stephens.
Upon graduating from Lakeview High School in 1966 and turning down an offer from a New York Yankees Talent Coach to give baseball a try, Mickey began working in a variety of occupations that would include Emery Logging, Moty & Van Dyke, Phillips 66, the Lakeview Police Dept., bouncer at The Indian Village, Lawson Products, Mile Hi Motors, owner of The Fitness Center in the 1980Õs, and in most recent years, he enjoyed working for the BLM.
Playing baseball in his youth was a huge passion for Mickey, as was snowmobiling and driving fast cars. He thoroughly enjoyed time spent with his sons, whether on their dirt bikes, popping off squirrels and jack rabbits or a good fall hunting trip. He definitely instilled in his boys a love for the outdoors and the beauty of Lake County.
Always proud of his grandkids, if they had a sporting event, "Papa" could usually be found in attendance. Mickey loved many things in life, a great meal, an entertaining movie, a good book and an engaging conversation. If you knew him well, you knew he was a lifelong, passionate fan of Elvis Presley and his music.
A kind and generous man, Mickey was always willing to lend a hand in any way he could. He was an easy man to love and established lifelong friendships too numerous to count.
On June 6, 1970, Mickey married the love of his life, Margo. Throughout their marriage he often referred to her as his "bride" and to this union were born two amazing sons, Keith and Colton.
Mickey was preceded in death by: his parents, Mitch and Lee Stephens; and his in-laws, Arlie and Inez Neal.
Mickey is survived by: his wife ,Margo; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Jennifer Stephens; son, Colton Stephens; sister, Sherry Peralta; grandchildren, Taylor (Angelica) Stephens, Bailee (Raymond) Cooley, Abbie and Hannah Stephens; great- grandchildren, Thea Stephens, Abel and Ashlynn Cooley; step-great-granddaughter, Neela Ledbetter; his granddog, Shade who was his loyal shadow; five nephews; and a niece.
A celebration of life will be held at a later time.
Memorial contributions can be made in Mickey's memory to the Lake County Library, PO Box 44, Lakeview, OR 97630 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel is overseeing the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed, or the guest book signed online at www.desertrosefuneralchapel.com