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Michael Murray Bookmyer

July 22, 1952 December 20, 2020
Michael Murray Bookmyer
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Obituary for Michael Murray Bookmyer

Michael Murray Bookmyer – known to many as “Bookie” – passed away December 20, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. He was 68 years old. Mike was born July 22, 1952 in Birmingham, Michigan to the late Dr. Robert M. Bookmyer and the late Nancy Joos Bookmyer.

As the oldest of seven, Mike and his siblings spent their days running the halls of Holy Name School, the grounds of Birmingham Athletic Club, the hills of Otsego Ski Club, and the shores of Lake Michigan. His brothers recall that “he always had our backs” and “we looked up to him.” And, if you know a Bookmyer, you probably have a good, spirited (potentially wild) story to share.

Mike went on to attend Brother Rice High School and Michigan State, marry Allison, and welcome two children. His work ethic was endless and included time in the advertising industry with Time magazine and Hour magazine, and as a two-time small business owner. Bookie was a proud father and always stepped forward with confidence. For example, he was a youth soccer coach and sailing commodore – two things he previously knew little about. He and Allison spent time together golfing, skiing, and enjoying the Colorado mountains and Michigan lakes. Mike’s contagious sense of humor and deep love for music remained with him through his last days, and we are certain he is now dancing front row at a great show. He’s also watching over his two energetic grandchildren, as Papa, loudly cheering for them as they grow up. Just as he did for his kids.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife Allison Bookmyer, daughter Sarah Carlson (Scott), son Peter Bookmyer, and grandchildren, Evelyn and Weston Carlson. He is also survived by his siblings, Kelly Sallee, Brad Bookmyer (Becky), Julie Murphy (Dan), Thad Bookmyer, Robert Bookmyer (Janet), and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Peter Bookmyer.

A Memorial Service will take place in Michigan, summer 2021.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in Michael’s memory can be made to Brother Rice High School, 7101 Lahser Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 or via the following link:


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