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John Michael Pilcher

April 1, 1947 ~ August 7, 2018 (age 71)

MIKE “Moose” Pilcher
Vernal, Utah—John Michael Pilcher passed away August 7, 2018 at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT after a battle with angiosarcoma cancer.
Mike was born in Vernal, UT on April 1, 1947. He is the oldest of four children of Hershl and Maxine Pilcher of Rangely, CO. He graduated high school from Rangely High School in 1967. He went to trade school in Glenwood Springs, CO and then worked as a carpenter in Oklahoma. Soon after he met his wife of 50 years Margaret Dobbs in Rangely, CO.
In the mid 70’s, Mike began his oilfield career working for Flint Engineering and Construction in Vernal, Utah. Later on he went to work for the rental company owned by his father, Bi-CO rental, which was later sold to CRC Crutcher, then H and H Oil Tools, and then finally acquired by Weatherford International. Moose was a hard worker who didn’t give up until a job was done. He retired from Weatherford after a long career.
Moose as he was known by all of his oilfield friends, company personal, rig supervisors, rig hands, and BLM personnel was considered an expert in the Rocky Mountain region working on well control equipment. He worked in multiple states servicing equipment, up to 15 hours at a time from his home base in Vernal, Utah: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and New Mexico to name a few.
The greatest loves of his life was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with a side car on trips with his Dad. They drove together thousands of miles throughout the west. He also loved his Denver Broncos and camping and hunting with his boys. AND don’t forget his Mountain Dew—he loved Mountain Dew!!
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Margaret, sons Kevin, Vernal, UT, Brian (Faye), Salt Lake City, UT, and Eric, Wright, WYO. His two brothers, Bill (Jeris), Ft. Collins, CO, Paul, Evergreen, CO, and sister, Carol (Jerry), Spokane, WA. His kids, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were his life! He enjoyed spending his time watching them grow up all nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren with one on the way.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father Maxine and Hershl Pilcher along with his loving sister-in-law Sherry Pilcher.
Funeral services will be held Saturday August 11, 2018 at 11:00AM at the Phillips Ashley Valley Funeral Home (410 North 800 West). A viewing will be held Saturday from 10:00-11:00AM at the Mortuary. Interment will be in the Rangely Cemetery. **CASUAL ATTIRE PLEASE ** Harley gear welcome!

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Huntsman Cancer Research Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, in the name of John “Moose” Michael Pilcher.

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Huntsmans Cancer Foundation
Huntsman Cancer Foundation 500 Huntsman Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, Salt Lake City UT 84108
Tel: 1-801-584-5800

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