Michael Jerome Sawyer was born January 5, 1944 in Dunn, North Carolina, the youngest of six children born to Alice and James Sawyer. Michael graduated from Hope Mills High School in North Carolina, and shortly thereafter moved to San Diego, California where he enlisted in the US Navy. He served as an electronic's technician during the Vietnam War. After his service in Vietnam, he made his home in San Diego where he lived and worked as an electrical contractor with the electrician's union of San Diego. After a successful career as an electrician in San Diego, he retired to North Carolina purhasing his home in Zionville. In 2019 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and after a two year, two month struggle, he died peacefully in his sleep in his home in Zionville with his son, Sawyer, by his side. He is surviced by his son, Chad Sawyer, grandchildren Anna Sawyer and Ayden Sawyer all of Reno, Nevada, special niece Angie Sawyer of Valle Crucis as well as many NC cousins. He was an active member and supporter of the Henson's Chapel United Methodist Church in Vilas NC. Michael will be dearly missed by his family and friends. A private service will be held to honor his memory at a later date.