Michael Stephen Kovacs

Michael Stephen Kovacs, age 75, passed away on June 9, 2018 surrounded by family in Sparks, Nev. He was the surviving husband of Donna Kovacs. They shared 52 years of marriage together.

Michael was born in Phoenix, Ariz. and was the son of Frances Irene Hatch and Joseph Stephen Kovacs. He attended Chino Valley Elementary where he was co-salutatorian of his 8th grade graduating class. Next, Michael went on to attend Prescott High School for three years before leaving to join the Navy. After spending four years in the Navy during which time he served in the Vietnam War, Michael came home and married donna Turley on Dec. 12, 1964 in Mesa, Ariz. LDS Temple. Michael then chose to continue his education at Brigham Young University though, after time spent in Provo, Utah, Michael moved with his family to Hawthorne where he worked for many years and retired in 2010 from the local base.

Michael was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the community. He spent countless hours doing family history work and many years coaching Little League and umpiring numerous baseball and softball games. He also enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a big supporter of his children and grandchildren. He spent many years attending junior high and high school sporting events and other school functions. He even traveled out of state where he could cheer from the stands and support grandchildren who did not live close by. Later in his life, he happily volunteered at the Hawthorne Ordnance Museum. Michael will be remembered for his love and devotion to his family, church and community.

Michael is survived by two brothers, one sister, 12 children and their spouses, 39 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father, mother and step father: Oakley David Moore; his loving wife, Donna Kovacs; his brother, Jeffrey Moore; his daughter, RoxAnn Kovacs; granddaughters, Krysta and Taryn Nelms and great grandson, Zeke Austin.

Services will be held Saturday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at the LDS Church with interment at the Hawthorne Cemetery.