Michael (Mike) Chester Flint, 63, of Weaverville, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 17, 2021.
Michael was born in Redding, Calif., on Aug. 1, 1958, the first child born to Robert (Bob) and Catherine (Rena) Flint. His sister Dianne was soon to follow the next year, and his brother Steve arrived three years later completing the Flint family of five.
Raised in Hayfork, Mike was a true Trinity County native. He grew up living the good life, hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, hiking and spending time on the South Fork of the Trinity River, always surrounded by family and friends. His grandmother Paula taught him to cook on a wood stove, and his grandfather Chet filled him with stories of his life’s adventures and past family history. This ignited in Mike a love of history which he continued to fuel all his life.
He was a Boy Scout, and played football and baseball in high school. He was selected All Shasta Cascade League Offensive Tackle in 1974, and All Shasta Cascade League Defensive End in 1975. Hayfork High School were league champions in 1974. Even though he was mostly known for football, his first love was baseball. Mike was All League Baseball player in 1976. He often commented about the many life skills and life lessons he learned from his football coaches, John Rourke, Jack Stogner, Frank Frye and his baseball coach, Cliff Freer.
After graduating from Hayfork High School he attended California State University, Chico from 1976-1981, studying history and psychology. He played on the Chico rugby team and the Chico men’s volleyball team.
After graduation Mike spent time working in Alaska before relocating to Fort Bragg, Calif., where he applied for a coaching position at Mendocino High School. While at Mendocino High he was head football coach. He also coached JV football, JV basketball, and varsity baseball.
During his tenure at Mendocino High the teaching staff encouraged him to obtain his teaching credential. He subsequently attended Dominican University and did his student teaching at Mendocino Elementary School. The following fall he got his first teaching job at Lewiston Elementary School where he taught first grade, filling in for a teacher on maternity leave.
Mike began coaching at Trinity High School as the assistant football coach in 1992. After securing a teaching position at Alps View School, Mike was appointed the new varsity football coach in the fall of 1993. He once again met another outstanding coach, Bill Haynes, and together Mike and Bill with the combined knowledge of and passion for the game, turned around the Trinity High School football program and won the first league championship in 17 years. The “Flint-led” Wolves of the nineties won six football titles, two section championships, and a state title (1999). Mike had the honor or working with great Trinity football coaches over the years, including Bill Haynes, Craig Schanaker, Bob Cunningham and Doug Raggon.
In 1994 Mike was hired by Kim Harpham to help coach track and field, he became the head coach in 1999. The THS track teams earned several league and sections championships under his tutelage. He also once again had great support staff of coaches, including Bob Cunningham, Rick Walton, Chris Kennedy, Joanne Harper, Mike Harper and Tom Williams. In 1997 he was hired as the Social Science teacher at Trinity High School, which led to 29 years of teaching, also filling in roles as dean of students and principal.
Mike’s best memories, with the athletes he coached, the coaches he worked with, his colleagues, and the numerous students he taught, was working together, preparing together, winning and losing together … then watching the students grow up, graduate, move away, and turn out to be great parents, coaches and people themselves. He loved being called “Coach;” it was a badge of honor.
In 1993 Mike met the love of his life, Jennifer, and her daughter Megan. They were married in November of 1995. Together they spent 28 years of quality time working jobs they loved, spending time on the South Fork of the Trinity, and traveling, which included memorable trips to Hawaii, Italy, Mexico, Belize, up and down the West and East Coast, and a river raft trip down the Grand Canyon.
Mike would always seek out the locals for the best place to eat and find the historical sites to view. Mike loved to entertain and have dinner parties, during which he was always trying new recipes on his guests. He cherished the lifelong friendships he had with his childhood friends, his college brothers, his work colleagues, and the numerous friends he welcomed while at the cabin on the South Fork.
Mike is survived by his wife Jennifer; daughter Megan, son Jacob; his sister Dianne (Ken), brother Steven (Suzanne); nieces Chelsey and Sydney, and nephews Zachary and Jackson; and his grandchildren, Rylnn and Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Catherine Flint.
His passing leaves a huge void with his family and friends, but has left us with many wonderful memories to treasure forever. Goodbye “Coach,” we love you.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Trinity Alps Golf Course Restaurant, in Weaverville. A private family celebration will be held at the cabin on the South Fork of the Trinity River in the spring of 2022.
Memorial donations can be made to the Trinity Scholarship Foundation for the Mike Flint Scholarship, P.O. Box 2000, Weaverville, CA 96093.