Mickey Lee Losinski was born on October 25, 1972 in Sacramento, CA to Camille and Bill Losinski. He was raised in Klamath Falls, OR by his loving mother. He graduated from Mazama High School in 1990. He went to Southern Oregon University for his Bachelor of arts degree in graphic design, Washington State for his Master’s degree of fine art and Clemson University for his PhD of special education.
He married Lisa Johnson in 2006 in Micanopy, FL. He was a true partner to her in life, as a devoted friend and lover. His greatest accomplishment that he was most proud of was his five children. Never could there have been a more loving father. He made them laugh, nurtured them and fought a fierce battle with colon cancer for 6.5 years just for more time to create memories with them.
Mickey was a lover of loud music, comics, movies, laughter, puppies, snuggles, sarcasm, track and field, Tour de France, art and always advocating for underserved communities. He was an accomplished track star and marathoner; and a talented artist, sculptor, potter and woodworker. Anything he put his mind to, he accomplished and more. In his final years, he focused his talents on research and advocacy in the field of special education and emotional behavior disorders. He served as full professor at Kansas State University, and felt that he was his very best self in his years in Manhattan, KS.
Mickey passed peacefully from this world on June 24, 2020 at his home with family at his side. He lived and died on his own terms from the beginning to the end. His legacy lives in all those fortunate to have known him. His students, his colleagues, his wife, his family and mostly his children. The best parts of him lie within each of his children, and they will carry these characteristics with them throughout their lives.
Mickey was the ultimate example of living bravely, minute to minute. He taught us that we were enough exactly as we are. Completely contented to just “be” with his family, snuggling up or petting a pup-these simple gifts were all he desired in this world. He taught us all about what is truly essential in this world. Although our hearts are broken, we know his soul is at peace and he is no longer in pain. We are all better humans because of the depth of his love, the breadth of his understanding and his daily actions which modeled utter devotion to his family, students, and colleagues. His witty humor, long hugs and contagious laughter will forever be missed in our lives.
Mickey was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents-Harry and Lorraine Losinski, La Crescent, MN; maternal grandmother, Ariel Puckett, Klamath Falls, OR; brother Matthew Losinski, Portland, OR, and many other loving family members.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Losinski, three sons, Oliver, Auguste and Oak Losinski, two daughters, Eliot and Emily Losinski, Lakeland, FL; mother Camille (Pete) Scala, Medford, OR; father Bill Losinski, California; sister, Marieka Losinski of Medford OR; brother, Mark (Jennifer) Losinski, Ashland, OR; sister in law, Christina (Damion) Boyce of Lakeland, FL; brother in law Bo Johnson, Chicago, IL; father in law, Michael (Yi Min) Johnson of Lakeland FL; mother in law, Patsy (Ken) Williams of Lakeland, FL; three nephews, Keengan Losinski of Medford, OR, Max and Jobson Boyce of Lakeland, FL, and five nieces, Aubrey and Bailey Losinski of Ashland, OR and Mary Nanette, Amelia and Kiya Boyce of Lakeland, FL, and countless other loving family members.
Family will have a private ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Losinski Family can be mailed to: Michael Johnson, PO Box 1397, Lakeland, FL 33802.
Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.
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