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Michael G. Tavernier

August 25, 1952 - October 6, 2012

A celebration of life was held for Michael G. Tavernier, 60, of Coos Bay, Ore., at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Bastendorff County Park pavilion.
Mike was born August 25, 1952, in Pierre, S.D., the son of Raymond and Betty (Sommers) Tavernier. He passed away September 26, 2012, in Coos Bay.
He moved to Oregon as a child with his family and graduated from Marshfield High School.
He worked several years at Weyerhaeuser, and the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. He also worked in tunnel construction. He helped build the Portland Zoo tunnel.
He was a loving father and grandfather with a golden heart. He enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He loved doing these things with his family: barbecue, fishing, clamming, camping, nature walks, the ocean and beach, the simple treasures in life, gardening. He liked playing board games and reading to his grandchildren. He got his name “Grandpa Chicken,” because he used to raise chickens. All the grandchildren wanted to go to Grandpa Chickens house. He had a passion for building and refinishing furniture, and restoring antiques.
Michael is survived by son, Jason and Tina Tavernier of Coos Bay; daughters, Christina and Mike Freeman of Coos Bay, Melissa Gaston of Coos Bay and Kynetta Tavernier of Coos Bay; five grandchildren, Amanda, Kermit, Portia, Julia, Haylee, and Ashlee; brothers, Roger and June Tavernier of Escondido, Calif., John Tavernier of Roseburg and Charles Tavernier of Eugene; sister, Shirley and Chuck O’Conner of Philip, S.D.; sister, Rhoda Clark of Arizona; and nummerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Larry, Robert and Boyd Tavernier.