Michael Lloyd Golder

Mike Golder left this world suddenly on July 4 at his home near Del Norte in the company of his two beloved dogs, Baylee and Hershey. He celebrated his 72nd birthday the previous night by indulging in chocolate cake and an assortment of ice cream.


Born in Chicago in 1951, Mike grew up near Tucson on a cattle ranch with his parents, two older brothers and two younger sisters. He was a gifted athlete, an expert mechanic, a skilled homebuilder, a metal artist and a trusted friend.


A lifelong devotee of the internal combustion engine, he bought, sold, traded and restored scores of cars and trucks in addition to numerous motorcycles, dune buggies, ATVs, boats, jet skis and airplanes.

Running alongside his love of motorized craft was his deep love of animals, particularly dogs. 

Mike split his time between rural areas in Colorado and Arizona and was a valued neighbor in both places, always willing to lend a hand. He was a talented athlete and excelled in wrestling, football, rugby, and baseball. He competed internationally as a member of the U.S. Waterskiing team.


For many years he ran a variety of successful Arizona businesses in home building, landscaping, sand and gravel excavation and adobe block production.


Mike was preceded by his wife Diny and son Jesse. He is survived by sons Cord Smith, Clayton James and Russell James, brothers Donald and John, a sister Julie and sister Wendy, who was with him when he passed. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, a great granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Mike powered through life with great energy and joy. He left us too soon but with vivid and lasting memories.


Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements.  To leave online condolences, tributes, and words of comfort for Mike’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com.