Longtime Brookings resident Michael Brandon Bays passed away Nov. 18, 2017, in Medford. He was born May 24, 1948, in Chicago, Illinois, to Charles and Barbara (Blizard) Bays.

His family moved to Southern California when he was a teenager.

After high school, he joined the U.S. Army.

In 1971, he met Catherine Abbott in Azusa, California. They were married three weeks later. His daughter Jennifer, the light of his life, was born 11 years later.

In 1992, the family moved to Brookings, and Michael went to work for Fred Meyer. He retired in 2014. He enjoyed bowling and was in a bowling league.

He is survived by his wife Catherine; daughter Jennifer Bhardwaj of New Zealand; father Charles Bays of Miami, Florida; sisters Cathy Freeman and Linda Bays Janney, both of Virginia.

We will miss you, Mikey!

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.