July 14, 1929 – January 18, 2020
Mike was born in Wood Mountain Saskatchewan at the homestead of his parents Daniel and Marie Straza. He was the 2nd youngest of twelve kids. Along with his siblings, Mike helped around the farm until he was 18, when he decided to move west. He made is as far as Assiniboia Saskatchewan, however, he became homesick and caught a ride back to Wood Mountain with the Singer Sewing Machine Salesman. At twenty he tried again for the west, and landed in Kelowna where his brother George lived. Mike did odd jobs there, but by his mid-twenties moved to the Peace River area, arriving in Dawson Creek and staying until 1979. It was in Dawson Creek, at the Chicken Inn where he met Margaret McAleer. They were married in 1956, and a couple years later they had their first daughter Lyn, their first son Larry, followed by their second daughter Bev, and their second son Mark. They were married 52 years.
Mike started at Finning where he worked for more than twenty five years, and was a devoted employee. Mike enjoyed ball and played men’s fastball in Dawson and was on many slow pitch teams. Curling was also a big part of Dad’s life, and he enjoyed watching it as much as playing it.
Mike is predeceased by his wife Marge, his parents, five brothers, and four sisters. He leaves behind to mourn his daughter Lyn Temple (Mark), son Larry Straza (Maureen), daughter Bev Straza, and son Mark Straza (Karyn), grandkids Nicole, and Bradford Temple, Scott, Warren, Sean, Sheryl, Zach, and Ashley Straza, and great grandkids Parker, Halle, Cole, Ryder, and Cyera.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 pm on January 25, 2020 at the McKinnon Hall at the United Church.
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