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Michael "Mike" David Gillman

July 28, 1953 ~ June 1, 2017 (age 63)

Michael David Gillman, Papa G, passed away peacefully in his sleep, beside his wife, on June 1, 2017 in Boise, Idaho.  Mike was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Norman. W and Gwen B. Gillman. He married Karen Weldon in Salt Lake City in 1976. 

Mike and Karen moved to Boise shortly after for Mike’s job at First Security Bank.  They remodeled a north end home together, and Boise became their true hometown. 

Mike worked for 25 years at First Security Bank and established the first computer center in the state of Idaho for banking. He later played a role in establishing disaster contingency plans for the western region of the bank.  Mike retired as an Assistant Vice President in 1996. After retiring, Mike started Simplicity Products, a children’s amusement and vending business, which he operated until he passed away.  He took great pride in his business, and the joy it brings to children and families.

Though he was very proud of his career, his most valued accomplishments were as a husband and dedicated father.  As a young man, Mike always knew he would have two daughters, and he did.  Mike and Karen encouraged their girls to find their own passions, and fully supported them in every way.  From dyeing roller skates pink, to sewing a kangaroo Halloween costume, to being a Girl Scout cookie mom, to attending every sporting event and music concert, Mike was always enthusiastically involved in his girls’ lives.  Mike encouraged his children to follow their dreams by supporting them through college and helping them start their own small businesses and careers.  He made his dream home in southwest Boise a place where all were welcomed and well fed.

One of Mike’s favorite places to visit was the Oregon Coast.  He went there almost every year with his family.  They treasured the time they had together beach combing, hiking, shopping, eating candy, drinking mochas, and eating crab cocktails.   

Mike never stopped dreaming of business ideas and making his passions a reality, and he never did anything on a small scale.   He competed in the Boise Car Show and won many awards with his remote controlled cars, and he invented a suspension system that is now widely used by commercial RC companies.  Mike’s passion for antiques and picking led him to open a small antique business, specializing in art glass.  He also collected enough dominoes to tile a large bathroom.

Those left to mourn his loss are, his wife of 41 years, Karen; his mother, Gwen Gillman; daughter, Emily and husband Eric; daughter, Sarah and husband Reggie; cat Pocket Kitty; grand-pets, Ella Guru, Ella Bean, Chester; two brothers, Richard, Hamilton, Montana and James Lee, West Valley City, Utah.  He was preceded in death by his father, Norman Gillman, and his beloved Bernard, Katie, and Tiger. He is also mourned by many extended family and friends. His spirit and generosity inspired all who knew him. 

In the last year and a half of his life, he courageously fought cancer.  Mike brought to life his mother’s motto, “never give up!” He vowed to not leave one moment before his time, and did his utmost to enjoy every moment that he had. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Luke’s Home Health, and St. Luke’s Hospice for their compassionate care.

A memorial service will be held at Mike’s home in the coming weeks.  Additional details will available here soon. In lieu of flowers, Mike would have liked you to go out and spend time with your family.  And, if you want to be a part of it, watch David S. Pumpkins.  For further information watch the dance scene from Napoleon Dynamite backwards.


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