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Obituary Proclaims Man Died After “Raising Hell for Six Decades”

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While searching around the internet for interesting stories, we ran across this obituary published in the

">Denver Post, which offers a refreshingly honest account of a person’s life, rather than the drab and pointless meanderings of typical obituaries.

Blanchard, Michael “Flathead”
1944 ~ 2012
A Celebration of the life of Michael “Flathead” Blanchard will be held on April 14th, 3 pm 8160 Rosemary St, Commerce City. Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died.
Mike was born July 1944 in Colorado to Clyde and Ethel Blanchard. A community activist, he is noted for saving the Dr. Justina Ford house from demolition and defending those who could not defend themselves. He was a Republican delegate, life member of the NRA, founder and President of the Dead Cats MC. He loved music.
Mike was preceded in death by Clyde and Ethel Blanchard, survived by his beloved sons Mike and Chopper, former wife Jane Transue, brother Stephen Blanchard (Susan), Uncle Don and Aunt Cynthia Blanchard(his favorite); Uncle Dill and Aunt Dot, cousins and nephews, Baba Yaga can kiss his butt. So many of his childhood friends that weren’t killed in Vietnam went on to become criminals, prostitutes and/or Democrats. He asks that you stop by and re-tell the stories he can no longer tell. As the Celebration will contain Adult material we respectfully ask that no children under 18 attend.

Published in Denver Post on April 12, 2012
What I love about this is that, rather than wax poetically about “what a great soul” a person had, or describing their “zest for life”, this obituary actually gives a clear picture of who Michael Blanchard was.  His family didn’t hide his drinking, or womanizing, and instead held a service that would be so entrenched in the stories of the adult kind, that kids were barred from the funeral.


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