June 6, 1939 - May 14, 2018
Michael W. Caldwell, 77, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Spokane, Washington.
Mike was born June 6, 1939 in Wenatchee, WA. He graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1957 and Washington State University in 1962 where he studied music and was active and served as president in Theta Xi fraternity. He also received a master’s degree from Eastern Washington University.
After graduation he pursued a long career as a music educator first at Sumner High School and later for over 30 years at North Central High School. In retirement he continued his love for music education as an adjunct instructor at Spokane Community College and as a private piano teacher. Mike was also very active in music performance in the Spokane community, directing several local church choirs, the local American German Society Choir and a joint American/Canadian choir at Expo ’74. He was a member of the Spokane Chorale for 50 years, performed roles in the Spokane Civic Light Opera and Spokane City Theater. He had even performed in Carnegie Hall.
Mike is survived by his wife Elizabeth, children and step children and their wives Eric (Lisa) and Sean Caldwell, David Christy (Denise), Kate Leschey (Will) and Susan Hargreaves (Neil), brother Jim Caldwell (Alicia), 14 grandchildren and former wife Richi Caldwell
His kind heart, generous spirit and love of music touched many lives and will continue to live on not just in the memories of those he shared time with but also in the continued pursuit of music of his many students.
Memorial contributions are suggested in Mike’s name to the Spokane Symphony Michael Caldwell fund for the Chorale (http://spokanesymphony.org/donate/ put Mike’s name on the check or in the notes field of the symphony donations page) or Hospice of Spokane
Funeral services will be held at 3:00, Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.