Michael Charles Devenish, age 69, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 28, 2019, near Palm Springs, Calif. He was born on Jan. 4, 1950, in Albuquerque, N.M., to Robert and Alpha (Piatt) Devenish. He married Sharon Maly on June 26, 1971, at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Sun Prairie, Wis.
He is survived by his wife of over 47 years, Sharon, son Ryan (Diana) of San Francisco, a granddaughter Chloe and a grandson on the way, his sister Ann (Doug) Devenish-Cassell of Cape Cod, Mass., his brother Ted (Cyndi) of DeForest, brother-in-law Vince (Betty) Maly of Sun Prairie, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mike was born into an Air Force family and lived as a child in Madrid, Spain, and several cities across the U.S. before his family was stationed in Madison, and they settled in Sun Prairie. A graduate of Sun Prairie High School in 1968, Mike was a respected athlete who held a state record in track. It was at SPHS that he first met Sharon and they married his senior year in college. He graduated from Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa, with B.A. degree in art education and certification to teach. Despite still being an undergrad, Mike was chosen to be a member of the faculty at Luther, and he taught Ceramics Art Courses.
Upon graduation, he returned to SPHS as both an art teacher and a coach for cross country and track. He owned and operated The Good Earth Pottery in Mt. Horeb where he created beautiful ceramic pieces, and displayed and sold his work in numerous galleries, art fairs and shops throughout the upper Midwest. Over a 15 year period he mentored many interns at his studio, sharing his skills while he tutored them. Later Mike joined his wife's business, Devenish Associates, Inc. using his expertise in computer aided design and office management. Working together, the business was soon named to the Top 100 Commercial Interior Design Firms in the U.S. Mike was incredibly proud of their son Ryan who followed and surpassed his Dad's athletic skills. It was while Ryan was in Youth Soccer that Mike also began playing the sport and his respect for the game led him to become a USFF Certified Referee. Mike had recently joined the Coachella Valley Soccer Association and was enjoying officiating numerous games during his retirement in Palm Springs, Calif. Mike was passionate about spending time with his family and friends, art, travel, soccer, and he was looking forward to sharing many new adventures in California.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 7, 2019, at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church, 229 Columbus Street in Sun Prairie. Father Grant Thies presided. Burial was at Sacred Hearts Cemetery. Tuschen-Newcomer Funeral & Cremation Sun Prairie, WI 608-837-5400 www.newcomerfh.com.