Michael R. Bergin (1973-2003)

Michael Bergin was born Oct 5, 1973, in Provo, Utah. He grew up in Provo and attended Timpview High School, American Fork High School, Utah Valley State College, and the University of Utah. He worked most recently as a customer service representative for powersellers at eBay. His family wrote the following:
"Mike had a brilliant mind and many gifts, including penetrating thought, an artistic eye, and an incisive wit. His taste in music, film and the arts leaned toward the lesser-known, more substantive artists. He was given the gift of love, which impacted friends, family, pets and people he met casually. He treasured family ties and was a skilled genealogist."

"His personality was a force to be reckoned with, as revealed in his website. He touched our lives in many ways by fixing recalcitrant computers, hooking up and managing electronic devices and systems, providing a surprise bit of family history, bringing home an orphaned cat, informing us of new musical artists, telling quietly of spiritual experiences, displaying unexpected boisterous humor, and reminding us when we deviated from our high standards."
Michael died of pneumonia in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 14, 2003. He was haunted by the suicide of his close friends Daniel A. Britsch and Tad Alexander Clayton, who were also gay and Mormon. Dan committed suicide in Tempe, Arizona, on October 2, 1993, and Tad committed suicide in Bountiful, Utah, on June 11, 2002.

Michael is survived by his parents, brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. He will be dearly missed.

Quote by Michael:

"I knew that my father was the Church spokesperson regarding homosexuality in the mid-'80s, but not until I semi-moved into my dad's office did I become aware of just how deceitful, unethical, and literally contrary to official Church doctrine the 'Brethren's' actions were. Things have changed since then, but that doesn't negate the facts of what happened back then."

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