Our thoughts and prayers have been/are with the beloved Pitcher family, here in our own Brownsville Ward, who lost their husband/father/son/brother last week in a tragic accident. He has touched the lives of many, including ours, and will continue to do so through his loving family.
I don't think I ever saw him without a huge smile on his face. We were blessed to have him as our home teacher for a while. He was such a kind-hearted and tender person. My favorite memory of Mike was watching him play the piano in Primary and how passionate he was about it. He was so animated and entertaining as he played. I could totally feel of his love for his calling and for the children. I remember him expressing to me how he so wanted to quit piano when he was younger. He said he was forever thankful to his parents who made him stick with it. With that, I can see why. The whole Pitcher family, including Mike's wife Michelle, are very musically talented.
Below is a piece pulled directly from the Kitsap Sun from last weeks newspaper:
Michael Pitcher, the landscaper who died Monday after falling from a tree he was limbing, cherished his work and family.
The 30-year-old Bremerton man was the son of longtime Bremerton dentist Frank Lee Pitcher and his wife Sandy, and the middle of seven children.
Pitcher started a landscaping business right after his 1997 graduation from Olympic High School, where he was an Eagle Scout and Trojan Scholar. He served a two-year mission in Chile for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in landscape management. A certified arborist, Pitcher owned Allstar Landscape Services in Silverdale.
“He loved his landscaping company,” Michael’s mother, Sandy, said in a phone interview Tuesday. “He died doing what he loved, and that was working with trees.”
In 2001, Pitcher married Tabitha Hill, and they had a son Matthew. Tabitha was killed in a car accident near Yakima on Dec. 1, 2002. Michael married Michelle Hoyle in 2003 and they had three more children. Matthew is 7, Cayden 5, Ashlynn 4 and Wesley 1 1/2.
“The most important thing to him was his family,” Sandy Pitcher said. “He worked very hard to be a good father and husband.”
Pitcher loved to play the piano. He especially enjoyed teaming with wife Michelle, who sings beautifully, Sandy Pitcher said.
Michael’s mother described him as a “tenderhearted and compassionate” man.
“He accomplished a lot in his short life,” she said.