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Michael A. Blackhurst, 38, of Lansing passed away on July 13, 2021 in Lansing. He was born December 17th 1982 in Midland to Kevin Blackhurst and Ronda Harris.

Michael was an accomplished skater and hockey player having played youth hockey in Midland then for the Little Caesars AAA 1982 Hockey Team of Detroit for several years. He enjoyed music, painting, coin collecting, stock and crypto trading. He had a great sense of humor and loved his dog Diesel. Mike always said “never quit, always keep going.”

Mike attended Midland schools and after graduating from Midland High School in 2001 he attended SVSU. Mike worked for Feeny Chrysler then traveled the country doing construction work with his brother Mark for several years. He worked for Blackhurst Painting of Midland until recently.

Michael is survived by his parents Kevin (Orasa) Blackhurst, Ronda (Keith) Harris and siblings Mark Blackhurst of Midland, Frederick Blackhurst of Austin Texas plus many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home. A private graveside service was held and burial has taken place a New Calvary Cemetery.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the family or the Concussion Foundation in his memory.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Blackhurst family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Elizabeth Meister, Nicolas Rios, and kids

    31 July 2021 6 months ago

    So sorry to hear this. Family and friends you are in our thoughts and prays during this time. R.I.P. Mike
    Alot of great memories and good laughs.

  2. Jon Mahaffey

    18 July 2021 6 months ago

    Hockey is an amazing game but what’s more amazing is the friends you make while playing it. Mike was one of those friends and yesterday we lost him. Mike was a natural skater and definitely the hardest hitting player I ever saw. He was a mix between a freight train and a cheetah….stalking his prey on the ice. The kind of guy you loved to have on your team and the kind of guy you would 100% be afraid to play against. For you Midland folks I am sure you remember him devastating a Dow player (I won’t name names) behind the net and the crowd going absolutely ape shit. That hit is and was Mike in nutshell. It should also be noted that he was one of the most hilarious guys ever in the locker room but was also nice AF. On and off the ice Mike was always a good friend to me and for that I am thankful. I hope you have found some peace buddy. Rest easy ❤️

  3. Bud and Carolyn Mahaffey

    18 July 2021 6 months ago

    It’s with a heavy heart that we grieve the loss of Mike. Memories flood our minds of hockey tournaments with Mike, trips to the Soo and all over. There was one week that Bud, Jon and Mike went to Berkley to spend a week for a hockey camp, a bachelor weekend. “We had more fun than you can imagine. Movies, hockey, comic books, every fast food imaginable. Mike was quite an artist and writer, one of the smartest kids I’ve ever met. But more than that, he had the biggest heart. He was nurturing to the young guys, took care of his brothers, his teammates, his friends. Mike would always have your back and I’m thankful for knowing him.”

    Mike will always be remembered by our family. Always. Always.

    Our sympathy to Kevin, Rhonda, Mark, Fred, all family members and all who knew and loved Mike.

    Love, Bud, Carolyn and Jon

  4. Dr. Dana and Mrs. Gloria Everson

    17 July 2021 6 months ago

    Dear Blackhurst Family:
    We are so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing.
    We lived around the corner over on Lancaster Street and our kids were friends years ago.
    We are praying for comfort and peace in your hearts especially during this very difficult time.
    Most sincerely,
    Dana and Gloria Everson

  5. Amanda

    16 July 2021 6 months ago

    I hadn’t seen Buddy in years but I have many good memories with him. I will be praying for family and friends missing him.

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