Guy Michael "Mike" Close
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December 17, 1963 ~ December 14, 2017

Guy Michael Close, age 53 passed away on December 14, 2017. He was born on December 17, 1963 in Vancouver, WA the son of William Close and Susan (Marshall) Close.
Mike graduated from Hudson's Bay High School in 1982 and went on to continue playing basketball at Clark College. He loved basketball, fishing, crabbing, clamming, oysters, being at the beach, outdoors and most of all, his family and friends.
He retired from BNSF railroad after 23 years of service.
Mike was friendly, outgoing and loved to meet new people. He was known for his positive outlook on life and quirky sense of humor. He was soft spoken, kind and compassionate. Mike encouraged people to be happy, let go of differences and enjoy life.
He was preceded in death by his father Bill Close. He is survived by his mother Susan Close; three children, Caitlin, Zachary and Noah Close; grandchild Declan Close; brother Bill (Christine) Close; sister De De Close; best friend and life companion Robin Balch, as well as many friends and family who love him dearly.
A celebration of life will take place at 3:00 p.m. on January 20, 2018 at Clover Valley Community Church, 3212 Lewis River Rd., Woodland, Washington.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 14, 2018.
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January 26, 2018
Love you dad.
Zach Close
January 20, 2018
many a good mile with you. always a great time with a great guy.
Richard Misner
January 18, 2018
RIP Mike was fun working with you. You have come full circle in Life. You are in better hands with God instead of the BNSF
Ronald Jorgensen
January 18, 2018
During this time of great sorrow and pain, know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and comfort to help you endure this loss. As you remember your beloved one, may our Father, the God of peace, give you comfort and peace in every way today, tomorrow, and always. Please accept my sincere condolences. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
January 16, 2018
May the God of comfort be with you at this time
January 15, 2018
Hey Mike,

I met you on the basketball court when we were young, and am proud to call you my friend these decades later.

Heartfelt condolences to your friends, family, and loved ones.
Derek Johansen
January 15, 2018
Jeff and I are going to miss your calls. We enjoyed getting together with you and Robin to listen to Brandy Lyn sing. You always teased us about being older than you, even though, we weren't that much older. We miss you a lot. We won't forget you!
Martha Lane
January 14, 2018
I love you Uncle Mikey. Rest In Peace you sweet man.
Tyler Close
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