Micah Joseph Hilario
1977 - 2020
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MICAH JOSEPH HILARIO
May 1, 1977 ˜ April 14, 2020

Micah Joseph Hilario peacefully ended his earthly journey after a courageous 9 1/2 year battle with ALS. He was surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Micah, born on May 1, 1977, spent the early years of his life with his parents, Ann and Sadao Hilario, in Seattle, Okinawa, Japan, and Enumclaw, WA. He graduated from Enumclaw High School in 1995 and Pacific Lutheran University in 2000. He earned his Masters degree from WSU Vancouver.
On July 2, 1999, he married Amy Branae and in 2000 the couple moved to Vancouver, WA where they worked as educators in the public schools.
Micah taught at Covington Middle School, Heritage High School, Prairie High School and ended his career as an assistant principal at the CAM Academy in the Battle Ground School District. He was much loved and highly respected by his students as well as education colleagues.
Micah was the proud father of his children, Charley, born in 2007, and Elsa, born in 2010.
Micah was a brave man who acted with determination and kindness. He was a hero to many and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.
He was a man of many interests and especially enjoyed the outdoors, music, brewing and spending time with family and friends.
Micah is survived by his wife, Amy; his children, Charley and Elsa; his parents, Ann and Sadao; his brothers, Kevin and Justin (Karen); numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and his in-laws, Gary and Linda Branae. All were so important to him during his life. One more person who was important to Micah over the last three years was his caregiver, Kathleen Forney, who provided not only excellent care but also a close friendship. The family is also grateful for the support and care that PeaceHealth Hospice provided.
A commemoration of Micah’s life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Oregon and SW Washington Chapter of the ALS Association at www.alsoregon.org/micah or by check to 700 NE Multnomah, Suite 210, Portland, OR 97232; the Battle Ground Education Foundation, PO Box 2574, Battle Ground, WA 98604; or the charity of your choice.
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Published in The Columbian on Apr. 26, 2020.
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May 7, 2020
Our deepest condolences to your family, and please know that Micah made a difference in many lives.

We knew Micah when our boys started at CAM Academy, and he was always the first person every morning welcoming these nervous 5th graders to their new school. Over the years,, he continued to inspire and lead with grace and dignity despite the degenerative ALS. We will always remember Micah and his courageous fight with ALS. May your memories comfort you during this difficult time.
Maureen Hefflin
May 3, 2020
I was at Covington when Micah started teaching there. He was always upbeat and the students respected him. His end of the year talent show performance as "Napoleon Dynamite" left the 1000+ students with a memory that will last their lifetimes. I think very few of us will ever experience the rock star reception and ovation he received on the stage that day. Micah was a good man.
Brian Wright
April 29, 2020
I remember Micah as a warm, talented fellow musician in our high school band, just as quick with a smirk as a kind word. Although I lost touch with him after PLU, I'm so sorry to hear of the world's loss of him. He'll be missed.
Melissa Newell
April 28, 2020
Amy, I was very saddened for your loss. There are no words to express my feelings when a husband or wife is lost, because they are truly one.
Jeff Beilfuss
April 24, 2020
I am so grateful to have met Micah while working together at CAM. His wit and humor made it fun! It is a privilege to have become a family friend, as well. Sending love, peace and comfort to everyone. ❤
Kimberly Crawford Howlett
Friend
April 22, 2020
After caring for Micah for 3 years, we became like family. He fought his ALS battle with such courage and strength. He will always be an inspiration to me and will be greatly missed!!
Kathleen
Kathleen Forney
April 21, 2020
Thinking of your family at this time. Micah had such a lovely, vibrant soul. He will always be remembered as a great father, husband, and friend. Love, Mark and Lindsey Stose
Mark and Lindsey Stose
Friend
April 21, 2020
The Rash family loves you all. We will miss Micah so very much. He was so easy to talk to and was such a great listener. Hugs, love, prayers, Dan, JoAnn , Jack, Ben and Matt
JoAnn Rash
Friend
April 21, 2020
SINCERE SYMPATHY to Amy and children and all the family . My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Bonnie Fritz
April 21, 2020
Ann Hilario
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