Thursday, April 18, 2024

Wesley Micheal “Mike” Ballew

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Wesley Micheal “Mike” Ballew, passed away early in the morning on October 22, 2023 after his battle to
progressive supranuclear palsy (also referred to as PSP Parkinson’s). Mike left behind his daughter, Billie
McGill and two beautiful granddaughters Lexie Trefry and McKenzie Trefry. He also left behind two
brothers and a sister Steve Ballew, Bob Ballew and Natalie Briody. Mike enjoyed being with his
granddaughters, niece and nephews during his retirement years. The children brought joy to his heart.
Mike’s journey in the entertainment world included an unforgettable appearance in the 1988 movie
"Jack Kelly Snakeater," where he starred alongside his longtime friend Lorenzo Lamas. Mike also played
a role in “Heaven Can Wait”, “Semi Tough”, “Suburban Commando”, “Two Minute Warning” and “North
Dallas Forty”.
Before his foray into acting, Mike had a career in professional football. He played as a defensive end. Al
Davies signed him onto the Oakland Raiders. George Allen, the coach of the Washington Redskins,
placed him with the Hagerstown Bears. While with the Eastern Football League Mike was awarded “All
League Line-backer”. Later the Chicago Bears signed him on. Then he played with the Southern
California Sun’s and the Philadelphia Bells with the World Football League. He finished his football
career with the LA Rams and the LA Express teams.
Mike played various roles in the film industry, including acting and stunt work in eight movies. Mike
served as a stunt double for pro wrestlers Hulk Hogan and Mark Calloway, better known as "The
Undertaker."  Mike was also the Marketing Manager for the Conte Camel GTO Race Team. Before
retirement, Mike managed transportation crews on film sets and ran them like a well-coordinated
team.
Away from the movie set, at his home in Sunset Beach, Mike would reveal a softer side. He had a strong
devotion to family and friends and enjoyed sharing stories of his upbringing in the heart of Washington
state. Mike was born on July 16, 1947 in Seattle, WA. His father was a truck driver and his mother
managed the family-owned restaurant. Mike attended a one-room school house in Winton, WA up until
high school when the family moved to Leavenworth, WA. Mike loved his horse named Joker growing up
and entered Joker in the Chelan County fair to compete in horse racing.
Mike Ballew's diverse life experiences left an indelible mark on those who knew him. He will be
remembered for his love for his family, bringing laughter to those around him, and his dedication to his
career. Mike’s legacy lives on in the memories of those he touched throughout his remarkable journey.
Please join us to celebrate Mike’s life at Sleeping Lady Resort in the Quail room on December 9 th from 4-
7 pm.