Mike Byrn Green, 73

Mike Byrn Green, 73, of Alamosa, Colorado, passed away at his home on January 30, 2018.  Mike was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 21, 1944, to John Willard and Peggy Byrn Green. 

Growing up, Mike was a champion skeet shooter and spent his childhood summers hunting and fishing in Spar City, Colorado.  He served in the United States Coast Guard and took great delight in telling about packing parachutes and then being required to “test” them every month by jumping out of a plane. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder where he majored in hotel and restaurant management.  His love of food and cooking led him to become chef at the Creede Hotel, and later, to create a restaurant at the Old Miner’s Inn.  He enjoyed being a chef for several years before purchasing land in the San Luis Valley on the Rio Grande.  There he raised alfalfa and hay for the last 20 years.

Mike is survived by his sister, Joan Green Jeffrey of Liberty, Texas; his niece, Julia Jeffrey Rathgeber and her husband, Ross, of Austin, Texas; and his two “great-grandnieces,” Byrn Anne Rathgeber of Austin, Texas, and Georgia Ann Jeffrey of Liberty, Texas.  He will be missed by numerous friends and colleagues, especially Jimmy Brennan, Veronica Casias, Maria Martinez, and the Green Farm Crew. Greenie was kind-hearted, good humored and always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

There will be a Memorial Service held on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa, Colorado. After services, Mike will be heading home to Timpson, Texas, where he will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery near his parents.  Burial arrangements are being handled by Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa, Colorado, and Taylor Funeral Home in Timpson, Texas. 

Memorial donations in his memory may be given to the Creede Repertory Theatre, the Creede Animal Clinic where he adopted his beloved Priscilla, or the Valley Humane League in Alamosa where he got Ziggy.

Online condolences, tributes or remarks for Mike’s family may be left by visiting www.RogersFunerals.com