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Michael James Sutton

January 29, 1951 May 1, 2021
Michael James Sutton
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Obituary for Michael James Sutton

Michael James Sutton - age 70, of Linden, passed away at home surrounded by family and joined his loved ones in heaven on May 1, 2021.

The Memorial Service for Michael Sutton has been rescheduled to
Friday, June 4th at 4 PM.
The service will be held at
242 Community Church, 7526 Grand River Ave. Brighton, MI.
Thank you for your understanding.
The family of Mike Sutton

Mike was born on January 29, 1951; the first born to William and Betty Sutton. He was the first grandchild to his paternal grandparents and the first nephew to his 11 doting aunts and uncles. Mike was an adorable little boy with freckles and red hair, earning him the nickname of “Red” later in life. Mike graduated in 1969 from Milford High School, where he was an outstanding track and cross-country athlete. He held several records for many years, the longest being held for 50 years to the day. He was inducted into the Milford High School Hall of Fame for his athletic accomplishments.

Mike began dating the love of his life, Jeanne, while in high school. Mike and Jeanne were married June 5, 1971. From their union, they had a daughter, Cynthia, who was the joy of their life. Mike was a proud and loving father who supported his family in every way possible.

Mike became the patriarch for his sisters at the age of 31 when their father died at the age of 56. He was always there for his sisters and he felt a responsibility to them. His sisters are grateful for the bond they have had throughout their life. Mike was the “go to” man for advice for a wide-range of things. He lectured his sisters often and freely, whether they wanted it or not...they will miss his lectures immensely. Mike also had a strong relationship with his numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Mike began his career in law enforcement in 1973 as a patrol officer with the Milford Police Department. He became a deputy with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in 1982. In his years of service with the Sheriff’s Office, his assignments included working undercover and partnering with the Secret Service and FBI. In 1987, Mike was assigned to the newly formed Auto Theft Unit. Mike was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1994 and to the rank of Lieutenant in 2000. Other assignments included Special Investigations Unit Investigator, Lyon Township Substation Sergeant, Highland Substation Commander, and Commander of the Fugitive Apprehension Team. He retired after 25 years of service at the rank of Lieutenant. Mike took his oath to protect the community to heart and created lifelong bonds with a number of fellow law enforcement officers.

Though Mike had an illustrious career in law enforcement, nothing was more important to him than family. When Cindy married her husband, Jason Pruitt, he was embraced as a son by Mike and Jeanne. Mike’s granddaughter, Jordyn, brought much joy and pride to him. “Gramps” never missed a dance recital, swim meet or the chance to have one on one time with her.

In retirement, Mike and Jeanne traveled to Florida yearly during the winter months, and also to the Upper Peninsula and to the south to visit family. The best times for them was being with family and friends. Mike enjoyed the yearly tradition of attending the Dream Cruise, a Friday night margarita with Jeanne and steak dinners with a cold beer shared with family and friends.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Jeanne; daughter Cindy, son-in-law Jason, and granddaughter Jordyn of Howell; sisters - Karen of North Carolina, Roxanne (Randy) of Howell and Kim (Leif) of Virginia; brother-in-law Dan (Martha Lee) of North Carolina; brother-in-law Nick (Bonnie) of White Lake. Mike left his imprint on his entire family, especially the numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who all respected and looked up to him. Mike is preceded in death by his grandparents, his parents Bill and Betty Sutton, his in-laws Grover and Mary Jane Page, sister-in-law Lynn Hertlein, nephew Chris Tooley and numerous extended family members.

Mike was a humble man who was highly respected and readily helped his family, friends and those in the community without fanfare. When you have a margarita or a cold beer, please raise a toast in memory of Mike.

In lieu of flowers, tribute gifts can be made in memory of Mike to the University of Michigan Cancer Center. https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/mimed/ccc

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