Michael W. French

Michael W. French (51) was tragically killed along with his beloved dog, Harvey Pickle, December 30, 2019 while walking in Berlin, NY.

Michael’s love of archaeology began as a little boy, pouring over National Geographic and being teased mercilessly by his siblings for just “looking at the pictures”….only to later figure out he was actually READING every word of those magazines and learning of mystical places of afar.   He would also take his Star Wars figurines and bury them, only to have an “excavation” and make “new” discoveries!

Michael lived his whole life with a passionate dedication to making the world a better and more just place for all.  His sense of wonder and love of understanding led him to a long and respected career as an archaeologist which culminated in a position as a Senior Project Manager at Wood where he participated in projects across the Eastern US. His belief in “doing” and fixing meant he was involved in both multiple social justice causes and the more mundane home repairs of his “kith & kin”. He loved to walk in the woods and share his love of science and astronomy. In recent years he had taken up running, which he enjoyed doing and training for with his beloved buddy, Harvey.  He lived simply in his daily life enjoying a good meal, a good beer and great stories.  Above all he cared for his family in the fullest extent of the word and though they can no longer physically hold his hand as they continue their journey, he will remain a bedrock of their lives forever. 

Michael was born in Little Rock, AR to Michael “Mickey” French and Mary Ann Mills French.  He grew up in Mena, Arkansas and graduated from Mena High School in 1987.

Michael is preceded in death by his father, Michael “Mickey” French and his brother in law, Steve Cole.

He is survived by: wife, Heather DeCarlos French, Louisville, Kentucky; daughters, Sophia and Lydia, Louisville, Kentucky; son, Isaac Wagner, Ithaca, New York; mother, Mary Ann Zachary (William “Zack”), Mena, Arkansas; sisters, Michelle French Cole, Mena, Arkansas, Melynda French/Buchanan Williams, Greers, South Carolina; brothers, Micah French (Rachel), Indianapolis, Indiana; Ken Buchanan (Kathy), Jonesboro, Arkansas; Aunt, Lynda Mills Langley (Travis), Dalark, Arkansas; cousins: Travis Langley (Rebecca), Arkadelphia, Arkansas; Melissa Langley Biegert (Larry), Austin, Texas; niece, Abigail Williams, Greers, South Carolina; nephews, Logan and Max Williams, Greers, South Carolina.

Services will be held in Louisville, Kentucky on January 11th at 11 a.m.  at Highland Baptist Church.  The family is creating a memory book for Michael’s children.  If you have any pictures or stories that you would like to share about Michael, please send to: Michelle Cole, 135 Polk Road 616, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

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