Michael C. Russo

October 19, 1972 - January 12, 2022

Michael Christopher Russo, age 49, passed away on January 12, 2022.

Michael was born on October 19, 1972 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Michael and Sandy Russo. He was affectionately known by many in his family as, “Baby Mike.” He attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Grade School and graduated from West High School. He was proud of his Italian heritage and devoted to his Catholic faith. Michael spent countless Sundays and summers at his grandmother’s house eating spaghetti dinners while growing up with his extended family.

Michael worked as a gold mine exploration driller, allowing him to travel and explore many places. He had a strong work ethic and took pride in all that he did. Michael was a provider and a protector to those he loved. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling with his family.

He was a loving husband to his wife and soulmate, Rita. He cherished his children—Kevin (Kati), Ashlynn, Nick, Kolton, and Hailey. He adored being a grandfather to Brock, Brooklyn, and Austin, and spending time with them. 

He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, aunt/godmother, Susan, many cousins, and his siblings: Melanie, Stephanie, Sidney, and Natalie. 

In Michael’s words, “Looking back at my life, I am true to everything that was taught to me for the family. I never told on anyone, I honored our family name. I would fight for everything I believed in!” 

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date.