Jesse Michael Nichols
July 11, 1951 – May 2, 2021 (age 69)
Mike was born in Neosho Missouri on July 11 1952 to John and Nellie Nichols.
He lived most of his younger and early adult life in Casper, Wyoming, where he graduated from Natrona County high school in 1971.
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Mike volunteered for many years diving for search and rescue for the Natrona County Sheriff department.
Mike moved to Bakersfield, California in 1989, where he resided for the remainder of his life. He loved the outdoors and hunting. Mike was a very family-driven that even though he worked many hours out of town, he made it to every sporting event or activity his kids had going.
He had the same drive for his four grandchildren and made his world to be there “PAPA.” He was a workaholic to provide for his family and got to do it in a profession he loved. As a pipeline welder he got to travel most of the United States and even Saudi Arabia. He got to work with his dad and four brothers from 1974-1976 on the Alaskan pipeline. He has worked at southwest contractors in Bakersfield for the last 30 years where he made hundreds of connections with coworkers and clients that would soon become friends.
He had a love for Harley Davidson or any motorcycle he was able to ride. He was a 32nd degree Mason a member of the Kern County Shrine Club, member of the Al Malaikah am al Malaikah motor patrol.
He will be greatly missed as a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, “PAPA” and friend.
Mike is survived by his wife of 40 years Karen Nichols, daughter Michele Nichols, granddaughters Danica and Bristol, son Travis Nichols and wife Stacy, grandchildren Addison and grandson Jaxon.
He is also survived by his mother Nellie Nichols and brother John Nichols and wife Barbie, brother Kevin, and sister-in-law Jaime, nephews Kurt and Adam, and niece Carrie, along with their significant others and children.
He is preceded in death by his father John R Nichols Sr., and brother David Nichols.
A memorial service will be held Saturday May 22 at 2pm. It will be at Greenlawn Funeral Home southwest at 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield
Ca. 93313. Following the memorial there will be a celebration gathering and food at Noble Park 700 S.P St, Bakersfield California (next to the fairgrounds).
In lieu of flowers the Nichols family would rather have a donation made to the Hoffman Hospice Organization in Bakersfield, as they were so helpful and caring in his final transition.