1932 ~ 2017
Our friend Mike Franceschini passed away last night around midnight in the Bell Mountain Care Facility in Bellevue, Idaho. Mike was 85, born on Washington’s Birthday in 1932. He was mentally sharp to the end, but his heart and lungs failed him.
The last day I saw Mike, May 15, I loaded him up into my car and gave him a ride around his beloved Ketchum and Sun Valley.
Mike was born in Healdsburg, California, on February 22, 1932, to parents Myra and Mike Franceschini, and his family moved to Newman, California soon thereafter. In 1947, as a 15 year Boy Scout, Mike sailed to France to attend the World Boy Scout Jamboree in Brussels, Belgium, and while there, he saw the aftermath of WWII.
Mike skied on the College of the Pacific (UOP) ski team and majored in elementary education. He served two years in the Army from 1954 to 1956 in Panama.
In 1956, Mike moved to Lake Tahoe. He taught grades 4, 5, and 6 at Al Tahoe, Bijou, and Tahoe Valley Elementary Schools in South Lake Tahoe between 1956 and 1988 for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District
Mike was president of the South Tahoe Teachers Association for two years, Patrol Leader for the Heavenly Ski Patrol for two years, and served as Commodore of the Lake Tahoe Windjammers for two years.
Mike moved to Ketchum, Idaho, upon retirement and skied daily until a few years ago.
Besides being an avid skier, rock climber, photographer, reader, conversationalist, and sailor, Mike was a soft hearted generous soul.
Mike leaves many friends in Lake Tahoe and Ketchum; he will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his younger brother, David Franceschini of Manteca, and his niece, Amy Franceschini, presently in Oslo, Norway.
Mike will be cremated and his ashes spread on Flying Squirrel on Mt Baldy (Sun Valley) at a later date.
Written by Les & Buffy Wright