Dr. Mike Powell passed peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones on June 12, 2020. He showed signs of his ever present sense of humor right to the end. Mike was diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer in 2000. After treatment, he was in remission for 16 years.
Mike resonated with the beauty and serenity of Nevada County as a young man when his family would camp and fish in the area. Hoping to settle there someday, After graduating from UCD, Mike’s dream came true in 1983, when he became a chemistry teacher, Nevada Union High School. Almost immediately, he started the Outdoor Club and spent many happy weekends hiking or camping with students, always taking his guitar along for the evening campfires. After five years of teaching, Mike followed his interest in science and health and enrolled in Medical School. That break lasted 9 years.
After completing a Fellowship in Rheumatology at Stanford, Mike returned to Nevada County to open his Medical Practice in 1997. Again he was back to the place that made his heart sing. He enjoyed camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing and music/guitar. Open Mike night at a local club was a favorite. Even though he moved his Practice to Sacramento in 2005, he kept his rental place at Cascade Shores. He went back there as many weekends as possible. He said it was what kept him happy.