Michael Bloom, of Denver, was born on July 22, 1942 and passed away peacefully on May 31, 2014 at age 71 after a courageous battle with Primary Myelofibrosis and Leukemia. Family was of utmost importance to Mike. He leaves behind Lonna, his wife of nearly 46 years, along with his devoted children, Naya, Josh, Jesse and their families: Drew, Carie, Payton, Taylor, Braden, Cai, and Eli. He is also survived by his mother, Ruth, brother, David, sisters, Margie and Joanne, and was preceded in death by his father, Mort.
Mike was a loyal friend, a mentor to many, and above all a man of great decency, humanity, and integrity. His motto was “Keep Going”. His spirit will live in the lives he touched and the many who loved him dearly.
Mike was raised in Toms River, NJ where he was a three-sport star athlete at Toms River High School. He attended Dartmouth College where he was shortstop and captain on the baseball team. He then joined the newly established Peace Corps as a Volunteer in Bolivia (along with his future wife) and later became associate Peace Corps director in Panama. He and Lonna traveled the world and lived in Germany, Nicaragua, and Spain before returning stateside to attend Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy and ultimately settle in Colorado.
They spent 20 wonderful years in Alamosa raising their family while Mike led Valley Wide Health Services from its infancy into a robust model of health care delivery in rural America. In 1996, Mike began his tenure as President and CEO of Sunrise Community Health Centers in Greeley and later co-founded the Northern Colorado Health Alliance. He was a founding board member of the Colorado HealthOP, the only not-for-profit health insurance cooperative in Colorado. Mike was an ardent champion for affordable, quality healthcare for all and a determined, vocal, and fearless advocate for social justice.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mike Bloom Scholarship Fund at Sunrise Community Health Center. This fund honors his life-long dedication to helping those in need while celebrating his commitment to health care, education and growth.
Mike Bloom Community Service Scholarship Fund
c/o Sunrise Community Health
2930 11th Avenue
Evans, CO 80620
A celebration of his life will be August 14 at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Denver and August 15 in Alamosa.
He is being cremated by the Cremation Society of Colorado.