Oct. 4, 1944-Mar. 28, 2014
On Saturday, March 29, 2014, Michael passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was a devoted husband to his wife Phyllis for 20 years. He is also survived by his sister Penni Ferry and his great-nephew Matthew Ferry of Arizona.
Mike is a native of Metropolis, Illinois, but lived most of his early life in the Arlington, Virginia area. He made his home for the last 39 years in Woodinville. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his degree in mechanical engineering, and after graduating he proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the US Army in Germany from 1966-1968. His education took a different turn when he returned to the states; he found an interest in the financial world and earned his MBA from Columbia University.
Mike had a long and successful career in investment management. After graduation from Columbia, he worked as an investment analyst for Bankers Trust Co. in New York before moving to Washington in 1975 to become the Director of Investment Research at Seattle First National Bank. In the early 1980s he worked at Cable, Howse & Reagan in Seattle and in 1986 he created the Frank Russell Company’s Alternative Investment Strategies Department in Tacoma. In 1988, Mike co-founded and became President of Paradigm Partners, Inc. which was sold to a Fortune 50 pension fund in 1995. In 1996, Mike and his partner Robert Ferguson founded Benchmark Plus, managing super enhanced index funds. In 2005, Mike retired from the business world.
Mike had been involved with Little Bit Therapeutic Riding since 1980, wearing many hats, from financial advisor to barbecue chef to help enhance the lives of those with disabilities. He continued that relationship with even more vigor once he retired. He also served on the board of Tessera, incorporating his skills from Little Bit to help serve those with autism. Mike’s philanthropic style was to seek individuals or organizations to support. He never missed an opportunity to help mentor or nurture someone in need.
Mike’s love of his country and state was profound, which led him to become actively involved in planning and supporting many initiatives in Washington State. He was passionate about his beliefs and defended them quite fiercely.
A celebration of Mike’s life will begin at noon on April 18, 2014 at the Bear Creek Country Club, Woodinville.
The family suggests remembrances to Little Bit Therapeutic Riding at Dunmire Stables, 18675 NE 106th St., Redmond, WA 98052 or www.littlebit.org. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s on-line guest book at www.flintofts.com. Arrangements by Flintoft’s Funeral Home, 425-392-6444.