Michael Lee Bellah

May 26, 1974 to May 16, 2006

Mike was born in San Diego, California to Bill and Mary Bellah. He married his love, Kathryn, on October 25, 2003 in Tucson, Arizona. His interests were as varied as the hues in an Arizona sunset. He loved hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, rock climbing; just about anything that involved the beautiful outdoors. He was a devoted family man who loved Kathy and his family with all his heart. Mike left a brother, Brian, who had been his lifelong best friend, and many close friends who considered him their brother. Another of Mike's joys was to build and repair computers. He was working towards a degree in Computer Science and had recently been awarded a scholarship to the University of Arizona when his battle with melanoma began. Mike was diagnosed with melanoma on July 7th, 2005. Initially, it was thought he had a "sebaceous cyst" behind his right ear. He had seen several doctors, all of whom had prescribed antibiotics for treatment. The cyst seemingly responded to the antibiotics and abated for brief periods of time. Only to return. In July, he had the "cyst" surgically removed and biopsies revealed that it was, in fact, stage III melanoma in a lymph node. The primary lesion was never found, and the nightmare began. For the next 10 months, he faced each challenge and fear with grace, class and dignity, the same way he lived his life. Mike was a courageous, generous and loving man who was deeply loved in return by everyone who knew him. There wasn't anything that he wouldn't do for his family and friends. His blue eyes reflected the quiet strength and integrity of his character. His wry sense of humor was also one of his most endearing characteristics and reflected his views on life and his place in this world. One of our dear friends at his memorial service summed up Mike's life this way, "How do I remember Mike Bellah? Tall, handsome and quiet. The Clint Eastwood type, but with one big difference; he made your day." There is not a moment or day that goes by that we do not think of him and miss him. He is forever in our hearts and lives and we eagerly await our heavenly reunion.