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Michael was born and raised in Davis, California. At the age of seven, he became the youngest Black Belt candidate at Pallen's Martial Arts. When he was nine, his father was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer. This event changed his family's life. Because there were no viable treatment strategies in the U.S., he moved selflessly with his parents to Freeport, Bahamas. Successful immunotherapy treatment brought the family back to Davis, where he continued his elementary education. He graduated from King High School in 2004 while studying independently in the beautiful wilderness of Utah.
Michael began to develop his natural abilities as an illustrator, eventually attending the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. It was there that he honed in on his love of street arti��soon becoming a known rattle artist on the West Coast. Michael has left a legacy of art in the public arena as well as in the private homes that are graced by his commissioned work.
He had a true appreciation for all of the artsi��he loved film, he loved music, he loved books, he loved fine food, he loved his friends, he loved his family, and he loved sushi.
Michael died peacefully as a result of an accidental heroin overdose. He, his parents and his extended family of relatives and friends remained steady and strong with their love and devotion for each other as he faced his final days. They are forever grateful to the people of HRS for their love, their kindness and their expertise, which made the quality of his and their lives beautifully bearable.
Michael was preceded in death by his loving grandfather V.M. Hanks, Jr., his grandmother Nadine Hanks, his paternal grandparents, David and Ruth Baxter, and most recently, by his dear Aunt Penny. His partner in life, Sammie Bee Young, also predeceased him in July 2013. Besides his mother, Lisa Hanks Baxter, and his father, John Baxter, he is survived by his Aunt and Uncle- Janet and Gary Sheldon; his cousins Ruby and Jacob; his cousins by his Uncle Georgei��Erin (Kyle and baby Leona); Christopher Skye; Brianna (Neil); Caitlin; Heidi (Rich); Alison (Johnny); his Aunt and Uncle-Jo and David Baxter; his cousins Debra and David; his Aunt and Uncle-Patty and Chuck Hanks; his cousins Amber, Justin and Megan; his second parents, Lora and Phil Schroeder; and honorary pallbearers, Jacob Schroeder, Colin DeFord Clark and Brianna Allen, Wes Horn, Tati Gerowitz and Kevin Reed. Michael and his family would like for memory donations to be sent directly to: Harm Reduction Services, 2800 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento, California 95817
Michael Allen Hanks Baxter's MICHAELPALOOZA
We will be gathering to honor Michael's life, his loves, and his talents. This event will include live music, Michael's art on display, and the creation of a memorial mural. We will be serving handmade pizza from the wood fired oven and encourage bringing a favorite topping to share. This will take place at the home of Wes Horn- 35301 County Road 31, Davis- on Saturday, October 18, 2014, beginning at 2 pm. Out of respect for our family, please consider this a sober celebration.
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Saturday, October 18, 2014
Michael Allen Hanks Baxter's MICHAELPALOOZA We will be gathering to honor Michael's life, his loves, and his talents. This event will include live music, Michael's art on display, and the creation of a memorial mural. We will be serving handmade pizza from the wood fired oven and encourage bringing a favorite topping to share. This will take place at the home of Wes Horn- 35301 County Road 31, Davis- on Saturday, October 18, 2014, beginning at 2 pm. Out of respect for our family, please consider this a sober celebration.
My sincere condolences to your family members during this most difficult time. I wanted to share a scripture that has strengthened me when I lost a loved one. I pray it soothes the pain you are experiencing and give you the strength to help you cope. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not gaze about, for I am your God. I will fortify you. I will really help you. I will really keep fast hold of you with my right hand of righteousness. What happens when you die? Find the Bible's answers to this question at jw.org (Go to Bible teachings-Bible Questions Answered).
Tammy G Nov 30 2014 12:00 AM
Please accept my sympathies for your loss. We pray that you find comfort in your memories of Michael and the warmth in God's promises to end this pain that you are experiencing. Please read these promise from your family and the whole world at Isaiah 33:24 and John 5:28,29.
Alice Nov 24 2014 12:00 AM
I would like to express my condolences at this time to your family. The Bible is a great source of encouragement at times like this. A comforting thought is at Revelation 21:3,4, where it states "...And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry be anymore the former things have past away". This scripture gives us hope for the future! You can also find comfort in Acts 24:15 - Death does not end it all. May Jehovah bring you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Your neighbor,S.Rubio
S.Rubio Oct 31 2014 12:00 AM
Lisa, the entire Sundstrom Family is so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers that you receive comfort from the support of family, friends, and all those who know you and knew Michael.
Lynne Sundstrom Oct 11 2014 12:00 AM
Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Michael Allen Hanks Baxter. Losing a loved one is never easy but especially when one is so young. May God's loving kindness comfort you and strengthen you through this very difficult time. Psalm 119:76. Please visit jw.org for more comforting promises from God's word.
Jim and Suzanne Oct 8 2014 12:00 AM
Michael, I never knew you but I have known your parents for years and I know they gave you the best of parenting, the warmest love and every opportunity for you to discover yourself in this lifetime. Lisa and John, my love radiates out to you and to your son.! I am carrying him through the bardo with prayers and loving-kindness. Mary Tracy
mary tracy Oct 2 2014 12:00 AM
We'll always remember Michael as a bright, sweet little boy. Our hearts go out to you. Tom and Sandy Jones
Tom Jones Sep 30 2014 12:00 AM
So very sorry for loss, my son was born July of 87 and lost his battle in 2006, hugs from New Jersey!!
Alice Ward-Silverman Sep 30 2014 12:00 AM
I want to send a message of love to Michael's parents and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Lisa, you have shared wisdom and healing with so many people, myself included. Your community sends you love and strength in this difficult time.
carrie ziser Sep 28 2014 12:00 AM
I remember when Michael was a sweet third-grader and a classmate and buddy of my son, Jeremy. Lisa, my heart goes out to you and all of your loved ones. So sorry for your loss.
Dorothy Leland Sep 27 2014 12:00 AM