In Memory

Michael Wayne Diamond

Michael Wayne Diamond, born 04/17/1950, died April 1973 according to the Social Security Death Index. 

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12/09/13 01:25 PM #1    

Nancy Raetzloff (Groth)

We received the following information on December 9, 2013 from Kathy who was married to Michael at the time of his death.

I was married to Mike in 1973 when he passed away from a motor cycle accident. He passed away on April 13, 1973, we buried him on his 23rd birthday. Our son was born June 29, 1973. Steve Gourd was our best man. I found this page while searching for Steve, but see he is now gone also. Hope this helps to fill in any blanks for anyone else who may have known Mike. You can contact me with anything else if you like. Kathy


12/19/13 08:38 AM #2    

Nancy Raetzloff (Groth)

Mike's widow, Kathy Whitsett, wanted me to post her email in case anyone wanted to contact her.  Here is is: .  She also passed on the following information for those who knew Michael.

Thank you. Mike and I lived in Port Angeles, WA. at the time of his death, he is buried there. You can leave up my email, that is fine by me. I see also that Tony Leigo is also on the In Memory list. I was sad to see he and Steve Gourd were gone also, I wanted to touch base with them on Mike's son. I welcome questions if any. Mike's immediate family is all gone except his father. For those who may have known them . Thanks again, Kathy

01/09/14 07:47 AM #3    

Nancy Raetzloff (Groth)

07/17/14 09:08 AM #4    

Nancy Raetzloff (Groth)

Michael W. Diamond


Funeral services for Michael W. Diamond, 22 will be at Harper Funeral Home Tuesday at 1 p.m. with the cremation in Mt Angeles Crematorium. The Rev. Frank Cole will officiate.

Mr. Diamond died in a motorcycle accident Saturday in Port Angeles. He resided at Rt. 4 Box 28. He was born April 17, 1950, in Yakima to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Diamond.

He graduated from Franklin High in Seattle. He entered the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam conflict. He was discharged in 1969. He married Kathleen Johnstad in Port Angeles Dec.2, 1972. She survives at the family home.

He was employed by Peninsula Plywood and has been a resident a year and one half.

The other survivors are his parents, maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. O.G. Walhood of Basin, Mont., and paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John F. Diamond of Seattle: sisters Jill Zinn and Jan Diamond; both of Port Angeles, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

16 April 1973                                                                         D-169

Thanks to Ric Rivera for this content of the original obituary.

07/18/14 08:54 PM #5    

Ric Rivera

Wow! An alignment of meaningful coincidence......crossing paths. Seem to have a number of these synchronicity events in a lifetime going forward. May have been the last one in our class to see Mike.

Mike knew I worked for NOAA he later indicated. Early 1973 the NOAA Ship Oceanographer made a March day layover in Port Angeles to pick up last minute scientific gear and scientists for our big trip to South America Peru, Chile and its territory Easter Island. The away crew arrived early preparing for docking up to the pier. I was working below deck and get the quartermaster announcement over the com that I have a visitor awaiting. I am stunned whom can it be? As I arrived on deck the ship still moving in and the anchor lines in the process of being casted and ground tackled. I focused in and see to my shocking surprise Mike standing there in the distant with interest of what’s unfolding around him. Amazing! I yell out Mike, Mike waving my arms as our eyes meet he has the biggest smile of joy that anyone can feel welcomed in such a seemingly remote area and circumstance. We agree to meet after work. It is evening as we finish catching up over a couple of Rainier brewskis we then walk down around to his father’s shop Mike proudly shows off his black motorcycle which, only to learn much later that it would take him into the sunset.    

Mike, you are forever young, I hear your laughter and kindred spirits.

07/20/14 08:03 AM #6    

Donna Amira

Beautiful story Ric. Condolences to Kathy and Mike's family. Bless you.

08/15/14 03:16 PM #7    

Ric Rivera

Amazing! Sure looks like Mike.  Mike Diamond’s son Sean on drums……..

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