Mike was born in Socorro, NM to William A. and Fay Wilkins on August 22, 1949 and left us for his next adventure on May 9, 2022. He served in Vietnam in the 101st Airborne Division as a radio operator and after completing his tour returned to the states to begin a career in carpentry. He moved on from carpentry to a 30 + career in teaching at Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, AZ, retiring in 2017. He was a skilled guitar player, having played in a band while in high school. He was also an accomplished bowler, playing on several leagues throughout his life. In addition to bowling he enjoyed golfing, playing pool and playing trivia with his friends at O’Briens.
Mike is survived by sons Jeff, Aaron, James and Shane, daughter-in-law Terri, grandchildren Asia, Keely, Taylor, Jessamyn and Niven, great-granddaughters Layla and Caroline, mother Fay Wilkins, uncle Nard (Sue) Curry, siblings Wilda (Celso) Madrid, Trish Wilkins and Roger Wilkins and lots of cousins, nieces and nephews, including especially close nephews Sam and Scott Atwood. He was pre-deceased by his father William, brother Eugene Atwood, brother-in-law Celso Madrid and sister-in-law Penny Atwood.