Michael Croft of Heber City, Utah


On March 17, 2021, Mike Croft passed from this life after being on a ventilator for two and a half long weeks in Provo at the Utah Valley Hospital. COVID took from us such a gentle soul who had the biggest smile and a laugh that would light up any room.

Mike was born June 18, 1968, and raised in Perry, Iowa. After graduation and a year at a junior college, Mike got the wanderlust, first moving to Arizona and then to Park City, Utah, where his older brother, Bruce, lived.

Mike loved Utah and became an avid biker, skier, hiker and camper. He was a lifelong Saints football fan, loved Star Wars, the Simpsons, Shel Silverstein books and playing scrabble.

He worked several jobs to support his love for the outdoor life, including eight years at the Images of Nature Gallery. He later moved to Heber and worked for the Driver’s License Division of the state of Utah.

In 2008, Mike married Stacie Nelson. Into their lives came a son, Elwood Eugene Croft (Woody). Mike was a great Dad, loved doing everything with Woody, fishing, camping, Legos and reading stories to him. Woody was his pride and joy.

Mike leaves behind his wife, Stacie, and son, Woody; parents, Gene and Barb Croft of Perry; sister, Michelle (Larry), brothers, Bruce (Tania) and Rusty (Natalie); nieces, Mandy (Jordan), Ashley (Bryant), Abby and Pearl; and a great-niece, Ensley; and Lunar his German shepherd. He will also be missed by his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

On a beautiful spring day, a celebration of Life was held in Heber, Utah, for Mike by his many friends, co-workers past and present and our “Utah Family.”

We are overwhelmed with all the love and support extended to the family through social media. It means so much. Thank you. A big thank you as well to all who contributed to the GoFundMe page. Further donations can be made to Mike’s parents to set up a trust fund for Woody: Barb and Gene Croft, 1109 30th St., Perry, IA 50220


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