Michael A. Howard, 54, of Tooele, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 14. He was born June 3, 1958 in Bay City, Mich. A 1976 graduate of Bay City Central High School, Michael proudly served his country for 20 years in the U.S. Army. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Utah State University and was employed by URS Corp. He was an elder at First Lutheran Church in Tooele. He was a devoted husband, a dedicated father and a kind and doting grandfather. Survivors include his wife, the former Melissa T. Carrasco, whom he married on Dec. 19, 1998, children Carrie Hanson and Brandon (Desiree) Howard and six grandchildren: Robert and Russell Hanson and Chandler, Carson, Dawson and Emree Howard. Michael is also survived by his mother, the former Bernice (Bunny) R. Kruth, brothers John W. Howard, Jr., James (Becky) Howard, David (Susan) Howard, Timothy (Kathy) Howard, Mark (Barbara) Howard and Bill (Patty) Howard, many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins, Carrasco relatives and many special friends. He was predeceased by his father, John W. (Jack) Howard. A service in Tooele will be held Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. The Rev. Bror Erickson will officiate. A visiting hour will begin at 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Michael will then be flown to Michigan where a funeral service will be held Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bay City, Mich. The Rev. Leroy Westphal will officiate. Michael will lie in state at the church on Tuesday for one hour before the service begins. Burial will be at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Bay City.