Michael Patrick McDade died on February 17, 2022 at Jefferson Healthcare Medical Center in his hometown of Port Townsend, Washington. He was born on December 7, 1944 to William Joseph and Helen Gertrude McDade in Waynesville, North Carolina. He grew up in Miami, Florida.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bill McDade. He is survived by his wife Catherine Conner McDade of 33 years; Sister Madeline Shepherd of Canton, NC; daughter Elissa McDade (Victoria Dale) of Arlington, Virginia; son Patrick McDade of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Ashley, Joshua, Logan, Mariela and Diego; nieces and nephews, Donna Shepherd; Amy Goodman; Joel Goodman (Kelley); Paul Goodman; Stephanie Goodman (Joshua Sylce); a grandnephew, Conner, and a grandniece, Madison (parents Joel and Kelley).
Mike served in the US Navy during the Vietnam conflict and was stationed at Cam Ranh Bay where he worked in avionics.
Mike has had a diverse and interesting career following his interests. He began working in computer engineering, which included designing and developing computers for the University of Arizona Steward Observatory and Kitt Peak National Observatory. He became a partner in a company that developed factory data collection hardware, employed 50 people and was eventually sold to a larger organization. Mike spent several years in Engineering Sales in the Los Angeles area. Southern California offered Mike and Cathi the opportunity to enjoy their sailboat and open a unique coffee shop in Pasadena. When Mike and Cathi moved to Napa, California, he was ready for a new focus and became a seasoned coffee roaster. After pursuing the dream of owning land, he and Cathi relocated to Browns Valley, California where Mike began a new career as a real estate tax analyst for Colusa County, California and then for the State Board of Equalization, where he retired in 2012 went.
A creative man, Mike’s passion and love for sailing, art, music and history eventually led to him and Cathi retiring to Port Townsend.
A family funeral service will be held on February 25. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Northwest Maritime Center https://nwmaritime.org/give-to-nwmc/ or the Jefferson Healthcare Foundation in memory of Mike. 1240 W. Sims Way, Box 220, Port Townsend, WA, 98368; https://www.jeffersonhealthcarefoundation.org/donate.html.