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Community mourns the loss of city leader

Article Date: 
25 May, 2012 (All day)

The community is mourning the loss of a long-time Morgan City Councilman when Lynn Mickelsen succumbed to stage four pancreatic cancer and related complications May 15, 2012. 

“Morgan City has lost a champion of all that is good in our city,” said Morgan City Mayor Jim Egbert.  “There are few families in our community who have not been touched by his endless energy.”  

Mickelsen began serving on the Morgan City Council in January of 1988, serving two decades until January of 2008.  He also served as the city’s public works director for four and half years, until November of 2010.  He was elected again to the city council in January of 2012 and served until his death.

“He was someone who just wanted to serve the citizens of the community.  He had no hidden agenda, just wanted to be involved and make Morgan City a better place for the residents,” said Julie Bloxham, who worked with Mickelsen since his first term.  “Service was a great part of his life, not only as a council member, but as a neighbor and friend. He spent countless hours helping anyone who needed help – no matter what the project entailed.”

City Councilman Tony London agreed.

“What impressed me most about Lynn was his love and dedication to the community. Lynn was a hard worker and his many years of service to the community resulted in making Morgan City a better place to live,” London said.  “Lynn was amicable to work with and whether or not you agreed on an issue, he did not let it become personal. Lynn was always a very friendly and personable individual that genuinely seemed concerned about others and the community.”

Those who knew him seem to agree on his hard-working nature.  

 “Councilman Lynn Mickelsen exemplified hard work and genuine dedication.  He did not expect work from anyone that he was not willing to do himself.  His willingness to help did not end with his duties for the city,” Egbert said.  “Morgan City cannot replace Lynn.  We can only find someone to fill the void he left.”

The city is looking for those interested in serving on the city council to apply.  In June, the council will appoint someone to fill the remainder of Mickelsen’s term through 2014.

Mickelsen was born in Salina and graduated from North Sevier High School.  He studied at Utah Vocational School to become an industrial electrician.  He moved to Morgan in 1957 and worked at Hill Air Force Base for 37 years, primarily in the aircraft division.  

 In a 2011 interview with The Morgan County News, Mickelsen said he enjoyed his experience working on city projects such as the widening of Commercial Street, bridge construction, joint projects with UDOT, and ensuring funding for city improvements.  He supported plans for the new city splash pad since the funding came mostly through donations.

“We certainly have lost a very great member of our community,” London said.  “I will very much miss working with Lynn and his great knowledge of Morgan City.”