Michael Louis Zorko
April 23, 1952 - September 29, 2017
Michael Louis Zorko was born to Joseph Edward and Esther Clementina Zorko on April 23, 1952 in Havre, MT. He was one of 7 children. He went to St. Jude’s Catholic School through 8th grade and then to Havre High School. He moved to Bozeman, MT to attend college at Montana State University where he earned his BS in Physics/Minor in Math. Through a series of circumstances, Mike found himself at a Youth for Christ conference and went forward to commit his life to Jesus and has served Him faithfully to this day.
In 1976 Mike joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis. During this time he became an Army Ranger and Paratrooper earning many awards. He spent 18 months in Germany. He was discharged with honors in January of 1980. Mike remained in Washington state thereafter and worked doing metal fabrication in Kent.
He began attending Burien Evangelical Church and met the director of Union Gospel Mission who offered him a job working there. He accepted and worked there for 13 years in the maintenance/construction department becoming supervisor. Mike became good friends with Gene Ross at Union Gospel Mission. Later on Mike discovered Gene’s daughter Cheryl at a work picnic. With prayer and fasting Mike pursued Cheryl as his future wife. They were married June 24, 1989 at Westgate Chapel in a double wedding with Cheryl’s sister.
Mike and Cheryl made Westgate Chapel their home church where Mike taught Sunday School, led a small group in their home, was a Royal Ranger leader, part of Homeless food ministry delivery, Men of Valour Simeon Tribe prayer team, and most currently worked as a greeter in the food bank.
Their first son, Joseph Eugene was born May 27, 1990 followed by their daughter, Morgan Leigh born April 4, 1992. A second son, Benjamin Thomas was born May 13, 1994. Two more sons, Noah Curtis born July 22, 1995 and Roman Michael born April 6, 1997, arrived to complete the family.
Mike started Zorko Enterprises in 1996 as a General Contractor specializing in home remodeling. He was a very hard worker and a perfectionist always building to make things last. There were many times he did favors for people out of the kindness of his heart. Mike loved his Savior Jesus Christ and all of his family. Mike will be remembered for his humor and quick wit always ready with a joke. He loved to read, make new friends, study the Word of God, and pray. He was an avid Seahawks and Mariners fan.
Mike is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cheryl; children Joseph (Ona), Morgan (Matt), Ben (Evelyn), Noah and Roman; Granddaughter Sabina Talavera Zorko; Brothers Bob, Rich and Jerry Zorko; Sister Mary Heath; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his Mother and Father Joe and Esther Zorko, brother Joey and sister Paulette.