In Memoriam
  • 62 years old
  • Born on May 28, 1952 in Mesa, Arizona, United States.
  • Passed away on November 26, 2014 in Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States.

Michael Louis Jaegers (1952-2014)


Michael Louis Jaegers died the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 2014, following an illness.

Mike was born on May 28, 1952, in Mesa, Arizona, and, according to his parents—teachers Marvin Louis Jaegers and Mary Margaret “Micki” Jaegers née Olson—immediately started building things. The three of them and Mike's only sibling, Mary, who arrived two years later, were all off-the-chart smart. In addition, Mike was off-the-chart creative. He drew. He built models. He wrote for his school paper. He painted. When he took piano lessons, his teacher remarked on his ability to interpret music and infuse it with emotion.

Aside from his third-grade year when, as he said, he was “on sabbatical” in Massachusetts while his father was doing post-graduate studies at Harvard, Mike attended public schools in Eugene, Oregon. He managed to be included in an experimental kindergarten class years before Eugene School District 4J offered kindergarten, and in an after-school enrichment program in art history that was provided to elementary school students through the Roman Catholic Church. He soaked it all up.

The same can be said for his work experiences. As a pre-teen and teenager, while many of his peers picked beans, Mike spent his summers painting houses and doing yard work. After high school, he worked his way through school in restaurants and the Agri-Pac cannery and by creating commercial signs and other graphic designs and conducting research for the Lane County Rural Re-Address program.

He graduated from North Eugene High School in 1970 and attended Lane Community College for a year before being admitted to the University of Oregon's School of Architecture. In 1975 he designed the sets for the University's production of Leonard Bernstein's Mass on the floor of MacArthur Court and earned his Bachelors of Architecture.

Mike worked in building plans examination and land-use planning in Bellevue, Washington; Brawley and El Centro, California; Washington and Jefferson Counties in Oregon; and Henderson, Nevada. He served on the board of the Boys' and Girls' Clubs in Brawley and pursued his interests in history, books, theater, and travel.

He married Cindy Tyndall in 1979; they later divorced.

Mike's father died in 2006; his mother, in September 2014. He is survived by his sister Mary Kosterlitz (David), niece Sarah Kosterlitz, aunts, cousins, fiancée Linda Rimel, and many friends.

Cremation has taken place. No service is planned.

Anyone wishing to contribute is encouraged to do so to the American Cancer Society (http://www.cancer.org/), the American Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.org/donate/), and/or Lane Community College Foundation's Shining Star Scholarship in memory of Marvin Jaegers (LCC Foundation / 4000 E. 30th Ave. / Building 19 / Room 270 / Eugene OR 97405, or http://704.thankyou4caring.org).

Posted by Dane Jolley on 26th November 2018
Happy Birthday Mike! (belated) I can’t believe it’s been four years! You are still being remembered in conversations over the year with my new friends here in Ohio. Mom and I still laugh about your visit to the farm as well. You will also be happy to know I’m placing some of your ashes overlooking the Cuyahoga River and one of the oldest train bridges in Ohio (Doodlebug memorial). Thank you for the barn design, I run across it and immediately think of our trip and how you were amazed that we were half way across the U.S. in one day!
Posted by Larry Martin on 18th July 2018
I first knew Mike in 7th and 8th grades at Colin Kelly Junior High School in Eugene, Oregon. He became a great friend, I am just now learning of his passing. My family relocated back to Spokane, WA in August 1966 but Mike and I stayed in touch through college and into later years. I would travel to Oregon and see him and his parents who were great. He visited my partner Richard and I in California in the 1980's and 1990's when we lived there. I had lost touch with Mike over the last several years which I regret. I knew Cindy his wife and attended their wedding in 1979. I had another connection with him and his father Marvin as well as one of my favorite teachers at Shadle Park High School in Spokane was Jackie Morfitt who had been a student teacher under Mr. Marvin Jaegers at North Eugene High School in the early 1960's, it is really a small world. Mike had a great sense of humor and whenever we were around or with him it was a fun time. I especially remember his dog Jonathan during those Junior High School years. He will be missed. Larry Martin Spokane, WA travelbearspokane@gmail.com
Posted by Dane Jolley on 28th May 2017
Happy 65th Birthday Mike. Still talking about you as my friend, your crazy ways and the decisions you made. Hope you will enjoy all the views where I've placed your ashes. I'm in Ohio along side the Cuyahoga River....where you also will have a view. Miss your smiling face Mike.
Posted by Dane Jolley on 29th May 2016
Happy Birthday Mike. I'm still talking about you! Think about our breakfasts and our running around in your S10. You have a new hangout on Sanibel Island in the front of the Mucky Duck restaurant. Soon you will be saying hello to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and you will be resting on the bank of the Cuyahoga River. You will be in our west yard overlooking the river and hearing the rushing water.
Posted by Dane Jolley on 28th May 2015
Happy Birthday Mike! You have travelled to some pretty cool places since your departure! Paris at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, Hawaii at the southern most point overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Las Vegas from your front yard where you can see the Strip! Nebraska on my farm beneath that massive tree on the Northside of the barn, Aruba and Clearwater beaches so you can people watch (ladies), Aspen CO. Soon heading over to Sweden and the Caymans. You are always thought of my friend. Miss those calls from you and your updates. Dane
Posted by Dane Jolley on 3rd February 2015
Mike and were co-workers at the City of iHenderson, NV. In early 2010 I talked him into a road trip to my farm in Nebraska (he loved seeing new places) I had asked if he would layout a design for my 1900 Horse Barn that I wanted for a home. He had wonderful insight and I'm using his layout for the project. I received Mike's ashes and have begun sharing them with his other friends. He is on the Clearwater Beach,Fl and heading to Aspen, CO, Paris, Sweden, South Point, Hawaii, Aruba, Cayman Islands, Henderson, NV and the farm. He's a wonderful soul and I'll miss him.
Posted by Tony Hand on 11th December 2014
I knew Mike since the 6th grade and we had occasion to get together many times over the years. It was such a shock to find that he had passed. He will be missed by many. Friend, Tony

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