Canby Funeral Chapel
Molalla Funeral Chapel
Obituaries & Tributes
Michael Thomas Cameron
date of birth December 24 1946
date of death December 4 2019
Mike was born on Christmas Eve to Earl and Evelyn (nee Amundson) Cameron. Although Mike was born in Orville, Washington, the family soon moved to Evelyn's hometown Canby, Oregon, and it was there that he grew up and went to school. As a child and teenager, he became passionate about playing sports, fishing and hunting. Many summer evenings were spent playing second base on little league teams. In high school he excelled as a fullback on the football team. After graduating from Canby High in 1965, he enlisted in the Navy and became a Seabee. He somehow survived three harrowing tours in Vietnam, where Seabees often worked in very dangerous areas.
After his discharge from the Navy, Mike returned to Canby and became a plumber, a career he plied his entire working life, both as a working plumber and as a plumbing instructor. Up until a few years ago, Mike continued to hunt and fish. Hunting and fishing trips were always enjoyed even if they didn't result in anything for the freezer.
He also had a fondness for fires - the bigger the better - campfires he built while hunting and brush-pile fires at his home were legendary. A good evening for Mike was sitting by his blazing outdoor fireplace, drinking beer with a friend.
Mike was a member of Canby Rod and Gun Club, Order of the Antelope, and American Legion Post 122 in Canby. He served on the Legion's honor guard for many years and often attended Post 122's hamburger feeds, proudly wearing his Seabee cap.
His ashes will be interred at Bear Creek Cemetery, next to his father's grave. An appropriate setting, as the two were very close.
Friends and family will remember Mike for his smile and willingness to lend a helping hand. To honor him they will gather at 4 PM on January 11th at the Antonia Ballroom in Canby to eat, drink, and reminisce.
In addition to his siblings, Robert (Pat) Cameron, Susan Cameron and Sally Sperb, Mike is survived by his stepson Ron Raines of Canby, son Shawn Cameron, daughter Lisa Laredo, and brother-in-law Guy (Spud) Sperb, and Robert Foster.
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Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Jone Drury What a wonderful obituary. Mike always had a smile. No matter where we went, he always knew someone. He loved to laugh. I miss him. Rest In Peace Mike, till we meet again!
Candle lit by Susan Cameron Mike was a wonderful big brother. I will miss his smile, kindness, and sense of fun. Love forever. Sister Susan (aka The Old Bat).
Candle lit by Wayne Gilchrist Mike was from a great Canby family. I remember Mike's good nature and his high-pitched laugh. A quick hello here to my old friend Pat and warmest greetings to Susan, a special friend. I hardly knew you Sally but I pass on my condolences to the 3 of you.
Candle lit by John Weil A good man, sorry that we lost touch.
Candle lit by Sally Sperb, AKA “the young bat” Mike was a great big brother. He gave me rides to grade school every day without complaint. It was fun to watch him in football, baseball and wrestling. I am grateful you knew us and laughed with us, almost to the very end.