Mike was born on July 8, 1944 in Lewiston, Idaho to Percy James and Marguerite (Sears) Rogers. He spent his formative years in Thompson Falls, graduating from Thompson Falls High School in 1962. It was here where he developed his passion for hunting and fishing with his father and mother, both avid sportsmen.
Mike started working in the woods at a young age, so after attending Carroll College in Helena and serving in the National Guard, he started his own logging business in Thompson Falls. In 1970 he married Genelle "Pete" (Sund) Rogers. They had three daughters, Leslie Swidecki, Libby Phillips, and Mikelle "Mikki" Rogers. Mike and Pete were married for nearly 44 years.
Mike operated his logging business throughout Western Montana, often vacationing on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. In 1978 he decided that salmon trumped trout and the family moved to Forks where Mike worked for Spoelstra Brothers Logging before going to work for the DNR until retirement. Since then, Mike could be found daily on a riverbank or trolling the ocean for the next big "monster".
Mike was known to generously supply neighbors, friends, and family with the fresh catch of the day and his perfected smoked salmon. He also enjoyed fishing trips to Alaska and traveling back to Montana to hunt when not enjoying both hobbies in his own back yard.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Genelle "Pete" Rogers of Forks, Wash.; sister, Alana Fitzgerald of Palm Coast, Fla.; daughters, Leslie (Shawn) Swidecki of Cheyenne, Wyo., Libby Phillips of Belfair, Wash., and Mikki Rogers of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Michael and Kaylee; many nieces and nephews, and his beloved dogs, "Peppy" and "Charli".
A celebration of life will be held at a later date, most likely on opening day of salmon season.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Friends of Forks Animals, P.O. Box 2022, Forks, WA 98331 or the West End Sportsmen's Club in support of the annual Kids' Fishing Day, Sportsman Club Road, Forks, WA 98331.