HELENA - Michael Thomas McMahon, a talented, capable, intelligent and fun-loving man was born in Helena to his loving parents, Gene and Peggy McMahon, on Dec. 20, 1963, and died Monday, May 17, 2010, in the arms of our Lord and Savior. Mike was the third of four children. He shared many memories on Jackson Street with sisters, Maureen and Margie, and brother, Jim.
Mike has a brick with his name on it in front of the Central School, earned a Helena High School diploma in 1982, and his postsecondary degrees from the University of Montana in 1986 and 1990. Mike loved sports, and he shined on the baseball diamond, the football field and the basketball court. He developed many lasting friendships and memories because of these opportunities. A favorite memory was the winning touchdowns he ran in during the crosstown rival games against Capital in a come-from-behind win. Mike was fond of saying, "Number 22 in your program, number 1 in your heart."
Prior to completing his MBA, Mike worked as a store manager for Sherwin Williams, both in Helena and Denver. While studying for his master's in business administration, Mike met Shannon, the special and beautiful daughter of Vinnie and Shirley Velk of Havre. Mike and Shannon were married at the Cathedral of St. Helena on June 6, 1992. Mike purchased 20 acres of land on Helena's south hills and with the fantastic help of his dad, Gene, he worked to build the home that he shared with Shannon and their children. Mike shared his Dec. 20 birthday with his first child, Kaitlin Nicole, who was born in 1995. His son, Brian Anthony, was born on March 15, 1999.
In 1990, Mike began working for the Montana Department of Transportation and later transferred to the Property and Supply Division. He also worked for Touch America and later, after receiving his professional management certificate, he worked as a senior project management consultant for Sabot Technologies.
Along with his knack for homebuilding and handiwork, Mike was an avid golfer, hunter, skier, fisherman and rabid University of Montana Griz fan. Go Griz!
He is survived by his wife, Shannon; his children, Kaitlin and Brian; his parents, Gene and Peggy McMahon (Helena); in-laws, Vinnie and Shirley Velk (Havre); siblings, Jim (Columbia Falls), Margie (Helena), Maureen and spouse Randy Mannix (Helmville) and their children Neil, Joe, and Danny; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, Pat and Madge McMahon; aunt, Tricia Milewski, and Tony and Margaret Zugel; uncle, Larry, aunt, Jeanne, and cousin, David Zugel.
Visitation will continue at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home through Monday, May 24, until 4 p.m. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, May 24, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, both at the Cathedral of St. Helena. Pallbearers for the service will be Mike's brother, Jim; brother-in-law, Randy Mannix; cousins, Jim, Kevin and Tim McMahon; and friends, Gene Walborn, Alan Hulse and Steve Austin. Condolences may be given to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.
Donations can be made to the Kaitlin and Brian McMahon education trust fund in care of Sabot Technologies, 845 Great Northern Blvd., Suite 201, Helena, MT 59601, or to a charity of your choice.