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Mike Faulkiner - RIP

WASHINGTON REDSKINS SCOUT MIKE FAULKINER PASSES AWAY

Ashburn, VA - The Washington Redskins announce today that scout Mike Faulkiner passed away on Tuesday, January 15 following a valiant 10-month battle against pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife Laura.

"The prayers of the entire Redskins family are with Laura at this sad time," said Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder.

Faulkiner had a long and distinguished NFL career and had most recently rejoined the Redskins front office in 2005 as an area scout.

"Mike was an important part of the Redskins organization and we are saddened today to lose a member of our family," said Joe Gibbs. "He had a heart for the Redskins and we are grateful for the time and commitment he made to the organization and to each of us. We want to celebrate his life with Laura and thank God for the influence that Mike had on us."

A complete obituary provided by the family follows (the attached photograph has also been provided by the Faulkiner family):

DAVID MICHAEL "MIKE" FAULKINER

Mike Faulkiner, 60, Russell, KS, died January 15, 2008, at the Hays Medical Center in Hays, following a valiant 10-month battle against pancreatic cancer. He was born in Glen Dale, WV, March 27, 1947, the son of Howard Faulkiner (now deceased) and Dorothy Faulkiner Evans.

During his lifetime, Mike dared to dream and worked hard to achieve his goals. Football was his career choice; golf was his passion. He was fortunate to have reached the pinnacle in both, receiving a Super Bowl ring and scoring a hole-in-one.

At a young age, Mike set his sights on becoming a football coach. He graduated in 1965 from Cameron High School, Cameron, WV where he excelled in sports. He attended West Virginia Tech University on a football scholarship, playing quarterback and defensive safety. Following graduation, he sold life insurance briefly before going on to teach and coach at his high school alma mater; Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA; and Walton High School, Walton, WV.

After reading a Sports Illustrated interview with Washington Redskins' Coach George Allen in 1974, Mike wrote a letter asking Coach Allen to let him come to work for him. Several hundred other aspiring coaches did the same, but Mike was chosen as the first in what began an internship program that developed several NFL professionals.

Mike stayed with the Redskins for five years before joining the New York Giants as Assistant to Head Coach Ray Perkins. Mike then became head coach of a semi-pro team in Charlotte, NC. When it folded, Mike went to Eastern Illinois University as Offensive Coordinator; and then to the CFL's Montreal Concordes in the same capacity. During his NFL career, Mike coached defensive backs, quarterbacks and linebackers for the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns.

In 1992 Mike returned to scouting, joining the San Francisco 49ers and moving within his territory to Austin, TX. Among his new priorities was golf which he had taken up a few months earlier. In Austin, he met his future wife, Laura, at Balcones Country Club where they both were members; and where Mike scored a hole-in-one on the Par 3, #15 a few months later. During that time, Mike also became skilled at making golf clubs, which was one of his favorite hobbies. He was also a voracious reader. Golf was his favorite subject, though he was interested in most non-fiction works.

Mike and Laura became best friends, travel mates and golfing partners. They married in Austin on February 15, 1996 and built a home at Horseshoe Bay Resort in the Texas Hill Country. In 2002, they moved to Laura's hometown of Russell, KS to be near family and lifelong friends. A favorite past-time was boating on nearby Wilson Lake where Mike learned to ski at age 56. Despite the toll cancer had already taken, he was able to take his last ski ride in August 2007.

Mike and Laura were able to enjoy frequent travel throughout the U.S. until early November. Highlights were visiting the Texas Big Bend country; playing the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links; and taking grand-nephew Jace to Branson, MO, on his first-ever vacation. Trips to Mike's beloved New Mexico and Colorado Rocky Mountains also lifted his spirits throughout his illness.

One of Mike's most prized possessions was his 1994 Super Bowl ring, which he earned while scouting for the 5-time World Champion San Francisco 49ers. He left the 49ers in 1998 to become a Regional Scout for the Seattle Seahawks. In 2000, he returned to the Washington Redskins as Personnel Director. Due to coaching changes, Mike followed that position with a stint at the New Orleans Saints before returning to the Washington Redskins scouting department in 2005, where he remained employed until his death.

All these experiences enabled Mike to form countless friendships across the country. During his illness, virtually every one found ways to communicate their concern, respect and admiration to Mike. No greater tribute would be possible, so at Mike's request, there will be no formal memorial service. Cremation has taken place. A Guest Book and other information is available at: www.caringbridge.org/visit/mikefaulkiner .

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Laura, of the home; his mother, Dorothy Evans of Kearneysville, WV; two sisters: Diane Hicks, Cameron, WV, and Dedrie Faulkiner, Cincinnati, OH; two brothers: Daniel Faulkiner, Cameron, WV, and Andrew Evans, Kearneysville, WV; two sisters-in-law: Barbara Faulkiner, Cameron, WV, and Janet Peerman, Russell, KS; mother-in-law Maxine Shackelford, Russell, KS. Mike will be dearly missed by numerous beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, including Mike's special little buddy Jace Peerman, who will continue to learn about Uncle Mike through the memories of others.

Family will be present to greet friends from 5 PM to 7PM on Friday evening, January 18, 2008 at the Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary. A Memorial in Mike's honor is to the: Jace Peerman Education Fund, c/o Sunflower Bank, 740 Main Street, Russell, KS 67665.

Condolences can also be sent to the family via email by going to www.pvpmortuary.com . Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell is in charge of the arrangements.

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 17, 2008; 5:40 PM ET
 
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Comments

RIP Mike.

Posted by: Forrest | January 17, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

That's really sad, RIP

Posted by: Skinz | January 17, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Lots of sadness in the Skins family this year. Very sad.
RIP

Posted by: puttinforbird | January 17, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

RIP Mike. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

Posted by: Lisa_R | January 17, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family.

Posted by: jm220 | January 17, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace, Mike.

Posted by: barno | January 17, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a great behind the scenes type career in the NFL, and off a letter! We celebrate your life, family and achievements Mike!

Posted by: chrislarry | January 17, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

RIP. Prayers of comfort to Mike's family, and thanks to Mike for providing another example of living life to the fullest.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 17, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting this, Jason, and best wishes to Mike Faulkiner's family and friends and colleagues.

What a terrific story of an interesting and varied, by-your-bootstraps career, as one of the many people who work every day to make this league run.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 17, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank GOD for your fruitful life and all the people you've touched through your life at all levels.

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 17, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

This reads like a life well lived, I only hope that someone can say as much of me when I'm gone. My deepest respect to Mike for setting such a wonderful example and touching so many lives in a postive way, and my condolences to all who knew him at the loss of someone so obviously loved.

Posted by: Redcoat | January 18, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I have known Mike my entire life and had the pleasure of having him as my junior high football coach in our home town. He was a unique guy and will be missed.

Posted by: fred.williams | January 21, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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