Michael L. Cole (1956-2005)


Michael L. "Slaw" Cole of Palisade died Sept. 22, 2005. He was 49.

Cole was born Feb. 22, 1956, to Bill and Velma Cole in Pampa, Texas.

While Cole was in high school, he and his family moved to Craig. He joined the Air Force and then resided in Craig most of his adult life with his wife of 25 years, Carla A. Cole. Cole was a heavy equipment mechanic and machinist at Trapper Mine for a lot of years and worked at Tri-Sate Equipment in Craig, specializing in John Deere tractors and equipment. Cole moved to Palisade in 2002 and worked at Haliburton in Grand Junction. He finished his career as a mechanic at Power Motive in Grand Junction. He was a certified air condition technician and a certified gunsmith, which he did for fun with family and close friends. He was a member of the Eagles in Grand Junction. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tying flies, jeeping, camping, barbecues with family and friends, riding his Harley Davidson and doing projects in his garage. He loved music, playing his fiddle, guitars, banjos, juice harp, harmonica, and singing. Cole loved bull frogs, horny toads, and snakes.

Cole was survived by his parents, Bill and Velma Cole; sisters, Taunya (Art) and Stacey (Greg); wife, Carla Cole; daughter, Salina Bilbrey; son-in-law, Steve Bilbrey; two granddaughters; father and mother-in-law Galen and Rusty Wilson; cat, Hatch; and a lot of close friends.

A celebration of Cole's life will be held Sept. 30, 2005, at 11:00 a.m., at Snell-McLean Mortuary in Palisade.

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