Michael “Mike” John Parsons, 45 of Pinellas County, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2024. He was born on November 14, 1978 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Mike’s life started in Kalamazoo and as a baby until his dying day had the most beautiful, chocolatey brown M&M eyes. He was always the shy kid but had the best smile once you got it out of him. He grew up with two older sisters and they were very close even though the torment brought on by his sisters sometimes meant he was stuffed with pillows under clothes way too large for him and bounced off of walls. He got back at them by tearing the heads off of their Barbies. And the Legos! He could create anything with Legos. Mike loved riding his bikes which carried into his love of assembling higher end bicycles in his adult years. He enjoyed go karting as well. He loved being outdoors and would tan quickly unlike his sisters who were completely envious.
Mike was very handy and mechanically inclined. He had painted cars professionally, worked with tires, and tried his hand at welding. He owned his own carpet cleaning business Parsons Done Right. He believed you could fix anything, you just had to try. “Why pay someone else when you can do it yourself?” He was happy to share this with his nephew, Dillan, who looked up to his Uncle Mike very much!
Food was a favorite and he loved meals of Bambi’s salmon patties with cheesy potatoes and green bean casserole. He would eat two boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese entirely by himself. Mike also loved Heidi’s country fried steak with bacon gravy, but he’d much rather his sisters cook for him than make it himself! He loved hot sauce and like the commercial suggests, he put that * on everything! He enjoyed his coffee black.
Mike was a tremendous help in raising his niece and nephews. He loved those kids as if they were his own! He had a very big heart and was generous with his time and love. He generally loved helping and taking care of people…and cats!
Some of Heidi and Bambi’s favorite memories of Mike include hanging out, playing pool (Mike always beat us), and singing. Bambi and Mike lived together for a large part of their lives and formed an incredible bond. They used to spend time sitting outside in the woods singing songs from Patsy Cline and George Strait. Mike’s favorite song was “Why” by Annie Lennox.
Mike is survived by his parents Bob Parsons, Sharry Davidson and Joni Williams-Auckerman, his sisters Heidi Smith and Bambi Parsons, his aunts and uncles Bonnie Erskine, Becky (Chris) Barber, Laurie (Floyd) Knobel, Randy (Debbie) Parsons and Gail (Joe) Maurer, several cousins, his nephew Dillan (Alyssa) Pawlawski and their son Mason, his niece Sarah (Jordan) Swengros and their daughter Madilyn, and Alex Parsons.
He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Robert L. Parsons, his grandma Mary C. Parsons, his stepfather Mike Smith, and his uncle Jim Erskine.
There is not a memorial service planned at this time but the family would like to gather to remember Mike sometime during the spring or summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the ASPCA.org or AFSP.org.
Please visit Mike’s memorial web page to share condolences and memories with his family at http://www.Langelands.com
“With every friend I love who has been taken into the bosom of the earth, a part of me has been buried there; but their contribution to my being of happiness, strength and understanding remains to sustain me in an altered world.” – Helen Keller