Michael Burton Duke


Car enthusiasts never die, they just drive off into the sunset. Mike ended this chapter of his eternal journey on April 13, 2017 of complications due to cellulitis and sepsis.  The one thing Mike loved more than his 2007 Dodge Super Bee, was his wife and family.

He is survived by the love of his life, Shelli (Ferguson) Duke; his children, Jeff (Angela), Misti, Shusti Dallin (Jared) and Dillon Atwood (Desi), his 15 grandchildren; his faithful dogs, Hemi and Snickers; and his five sisters, Karen, Teri, RoAnn, Tammy and Kaye. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Scott, and his parents, Burton and Louise.

Mike was a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served a mission in Texas and held many callings throughout his mortal existence.  He loved the Gospel with all his heart.

Mike was a master mechanic and loved to fix everything from icemakers to cars and trucks. He was currently doing a full body restoration of a 1972 Chevy pickup.  He was a master carpenter, general contractor, and worked as a maintenance mechanic for most of his working career.

He was always glad to see you and welcome you with open arms. He was free with advice and help whenever you asked—or didn’t!  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff in the ICU at Utah Valley Hospital for their expert care.

Services will be held Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Canyon Ward Chapel, 3477 River Bottoms Rd. Spanish Fork, UT.  Family and friends may visit on Tuesday evening, April 18, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 S. Main Street, Spanish Fork, and on Wednesday morning at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Interment will be in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.




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  1. Shelli, I am so sorry to hear about Mike, My sincere condolences to you and your family

  2. Jerry Ortiz

    Mike was one of the “good” guys; very genuine. We spent time together with our boys on camp outs and I have fond memories of those times. Condolences to Jeff,, Misti and Shellie ( I didn’t know you) but my heart is with you at this time,

    • Jerry,

      Thank you so much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. We will miss him so very much but know he is in a better place and we take comfort in that testimony. Thank you for being such a great and loving home teacher to our family. We will never forget your kindness.
      Tell your family hi for us and take care.

      Love Jeff Duke

  3. L Flores

    I can only imagine the devastation your family must be experiencing. It breaks our hearts when death separates us from the ones we love so much. Keep in mind that “God is close to the brokenhearted” (Ps.34:18). More than that, he promises to mend our broken hearts by means of a resurrection. Jesus said: “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28,29) May the cherished memories of Micheal bring you comfort. Please accept my deepest sympathy and a warm invitation for you to find more comfort at http://www.jw.org

  4. Wyatt Esplin

    I worked with Mike at Nestle. We worked together in maintenance. When I first worked with mike I was a little scared. As I got to know him, I really enjoyed working with him. He will be missed and go down as a great person that has been a part of my life. So sorry for your loss Shelly and family.

  5. Ed Abel

    Mike was like a brother to me as we shared many stories and plans to finish our car projects. We had many good times shared with our wives and families and not so good times as we discussed our health-it’s tough to get old!
    Shellie I can’t be there for his funeral as I’m going to be in the hospital but my heart will be with you. Love you guys. ED

    • Ed,

      We love you and thank you for your kindness and friendship for my Dad. I did not know how much I would miss him and love him. He was and is a great man and know that he is doing the Lord’s work on the other side of the veil. Thanks again for everything.

      Love Jeff8

  6. Gayle Atwood Mecham

    Shelly, I am so sorry to hear about your loss, it definitely has to be a extremely difficult time in your life. It is great that you have your family, friends and the church to help you through this. Please let me know if there is anything I can do, or if you’d like to just talk, it’s been so long. Love you, Gayle Atwood Johnson Mecham

  7. Dear Shelli and family,

    As you plan services and a memorial to honor Mike, my thoughts with you. Your love and strength will help you endure the difficult hours.

    With sincere sympathy,

    Vicki Carter Haymond

  8. O Shelly…My heart goes out to you…What a thing for you to have to endure. But, hang in there, my sweet cousin, it will get bearable in time. It takes as long as it takes…but you will get through it. You won’t get over it, but you will get around it. Remember I’m here if you ever need anything. I love you.

  9. Mark Phillips

    Our family always enjoyed Mike’s visits and the kind things he did for us. We will miss him terribly.

  10. Shelli,
    So sorry for your loss,
    He always made me laugh at work!!
    prayers to you and your family!