On Jan. 2, 2019, we lost a truly awesome scratch baker. Mike died at home after an almost two-year battle with cancer.

He was born Oct. 20, 1952, in Helena, Montana, to Henry and Jean Delaney. He attended grade and high schools in Helena and graduated from Helena High School. During and after high school he worked in an auto parts store and also a local body shop. He also worked briefly at a local distillery. He eventually became an apprentice baker and learned every aspect of the baking trade. He became a journeyman baker and went on to manage bakeries for local chains such as Super Save and Thriftway. He also managed for larger chains as Buttrey Food Stores and Safeway.

On June 20, 1983, he married Mary Jo Moritz. They had two sons: Shaun Michael and Keith Brandon.

Mike loved the Oregon Coast and whale watching. Most family vacations were geared around a trip to the Oregon Coast to play on the beaches and look for whales.

In 1993, Mike took a bakery manager position with Safeway in Roseburg. He was excited to be closer to the ocean. The family spent six months in Roseburg and then got transferred to Grants Pass. Toward the end of the first year there they made a trip to Brookings and found a small bakery for sale. They bought the bakery in July 1994 and Mike recognized his life dream of owning his own bakery. It was long hours and hard work but he thoroughly enjoyed it. He had a very special talent for making absolutely delicious pastries and all types of goodies. In 2008, he realized that it was just too much work for one baker and the difficult decision to close the bakery was made. He took some time off and was eventually approached by Ray’s Food Place to come and just make donuts and some bread products. He worked there until they closed in 2016.

He enjoyed football, especially his favorite Minnesota Vikings, and NASCAR with Jeff Gordon being his favorite driver. He enjoyed classic and muscle cars and going to the car shows. He also liked British bikes and had an old Norton motorcycle he had planned on restoring. Some of his proudest moments were helping his son’s build and race their Mustang drag cars. His most memorable vacation was a trip to Ireland to see his “homeland.”

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo; sons, Shaun Delaney and his wife Savannah, and Keith Delaney; grandchildren, Blake, Henry, and Lucille Delaney all of Brookings. Also brothers, Steve, Jim, and Rob Delaney, all of Montana; numerous nieces and nephews and in-laws in several states.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Event Center in Brookings on Jan. 20, 2019. from 1 p.m- 3 p.m.

Cremation is under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel in Brookings.

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