Michael G. Deacon

Michael G. Deacon

Oct 5, 1946 – Apr 27, 2017

Michael George Deacon, age 70, passed away at his home on Thursday morning, April 27, 2017.  He is survived by wife, Debra and their children: Aaron Deacon (Kate), Sarah Jablonski (Jim), Katherine Bird (Jon), Jesse Deacon, Elizabeth Brown (Jacob), and Mara Deacon; his daughters, Michele Snowden (Allen) and Marnie Kenney (Dennis); ex-wife, Kris Kline; 16 grandchildren with 3 on the way; brother-in-law, Fred Kuplicki and children.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Deacon; brother, Douglas; sister, Ellen Kuplicki.

Michael was born in Port Huron, MI on October 5, 1946. At Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, he served as a cartographer during the Vietnam War and earned a degree in psychology at Bellevue College while raising two young daughters on Campbell’s soup and Salisbury steak TV dinners. A lasting legacy from his military service were the musical skills he picked up along the way. Though he never had formal musical training, his songwriting, piano playing, and guitar strumming were a lifelong passion, embodied by his self-publishing company Mustard Seed founded with his brother Douglas.

While recording his first album he met the other love of his life, his wife Debby, with whom he had six more children. Michael was creative, gregarious, and generous with his time and talent. Besides his music, a long career in advertising served as an outlet for his creative instincts, working with local industry stalwarts like Dick Holland, Bob Reilly, and Jeff Kahler before finally settling in as in-house creative at his long-time client, Valmont. Michael’s creative energy also fed and was fed by an ongoing battle with mental illness. While he had many complicated relationships with those closest to him, he was a source of joy to many over the last years of his life, from his VA medical team, to his “family” at Crowne Point, to an eclectic group of friends that joined him to shoot pool at Big John’s or eat pie at Village Inn. As many of his friends have said, if there’s one thing Michael was not afraid of, it was death. We hope and pray that he joins his Father in the heavenly home he has earnestly longed for all his life.

VISITATION Wednesday, May 3rd from 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, May 4th at 10:30am at St. Gerald Catholic Church, 9602 “Q” St.  Interment, Omaha National Cemetery with military honors by Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard and VFW Post 2503.





  • Kirby Horn Posted May 1, 2017 4:33 am

    Condolences To Aaron and the Family and friends of Michael Deacon.

  • Dana Naughton Posted May 1, 2017 6:43 am

    Dear Deacon family, my condolences for all of you. Michael had so many gifts, and one of my favorite memories was seeing all of the beautiful pictures he had taken of all he loved. I remember admiring his photography and asking how he took so many beautiful pictures, his first answer of course was that all who were in them were beautiful, but said just keep taking pictures, you will see, you will always end up with some great ones. Little did I know at such a young age that would stick with me throughout my life. Love and prayers are with you all!

  • Mike Mohle Posted May 1, 2017 9:43 am

    My condolences to Michele and the entire family. I have known Mike since my high school days and he was instrumental in my early career development getting started at SRH. Working there allowed me to perform in a high-pressure environment with deadlines and also learning positive qualities that serve me well even today in both my professional and personal lives. On more than one occasion he helped me to make important life decisions as well. I had not talked to him for many years, and was hoping to contact him during my next trip back to Omaha to let him know he had a positive influence on my life and that he was one of the people that helped to point me in the right direction at an early age.

    Mike Mohle
    Scottsdale, AZ

  • Bill Mullins Posted May 2, 2017 10:00 am

    Along time ago, Mike and I shared a uniform during our Little League and Babe Ruth League days. Often times we were coached by Mike’s dad. Simpler times those.

    Living now in Kansas City, I had occasion to cross paths with Aaron a few years ago and to discover almost by accident the connection with his family. The Deacon’s of Port Huron touched the lives of a lot of young men (including my two younger brothers) in a positive way, it is with warm appreciation that I extend condolences to the entire Deacon family.

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