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6/5/2018 12:16:00 PM
Michael D. Henderson January 29, 1941 - May 18, 2018

Michael "Mike" Doran Henderson of Sisters, 77, passed away on May 18, at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend after sustaining multiple injuries in a collision three weeks earlier in Redmond.

Mike was born on January 29, 1941, in Oakland, California, to John Henry Hill and Velma Louise Drewry Hill Henderson Day. When he was young, his family spent a lot of time at the Drewry Ranch in Mendocino County, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and helping with the livestock. Over the years, He returned to the ranch many times to visit the Drewry cousins. His family moved to Oregon when he was a teenager, and that is where he would end up spending the majority of his life.

Mike graduated from Corvallis High School in 1959, where he was active in sports, student government and DeMolay International. He went on to college and completed his undergraduate studies at University of Oregon. He would later serve as president of the University of Oregon Alumni Association. He continued his studies at Lewis & Clark College School of Law and obtained his JD (Juris Doctor) degree.

Mike began his legal career with at the DA's office in Grant's Pass, Oregon. Later he realized that he was better suited for private practice, made the change, and never looked back. At that time, he was married to Sylvia Henderson, and they were raising their two sons and his stepdaughter. In the late eighties, he moved to Central Oregon with his family and continued his career as a self-employed criminal defense attorney. He also built Vermont Station, a downtown Bend office building, where he had his own business office and rented out the others. He was a practicing lawyer up until the tragic motor vehicle accident that ultimately ended his life.

Prior to the accident, Mike was a very active 77-year-old, still working, but also enjoying his free time with a number of interests and hobbies. He was an avid Oregon Ducks fan and member of two American Poolplayers Association (APA) local teams, Chalk of the Town and Give Me A Break. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, and horseback riding, as well as yoga, Pilates and Conscious Transformation with his significant other, Annie. Mike was also a member of the Folk Arts Circle with Sisters Folk Festival. Living in the serene Sisters countryside, he was taking care of a number of animals and living life to its fullest. Mike will be fondly remembered by friends and family for his calm and soft-spoken presence, sense of humor, intelligence, patience, kindness, thoughtfulness and loving spirit. He will be missed by many!

The deceased is survived by his significant other, Annie Andreson of Sisters; sons: Martin Henderson (Julia) of Eugene and Michael Henderson (Wendy) of Bend; step-daughter: Jackie Rudd (Lewis) of Seattle, WA; sisters: Lynn Henderson of Fountain Valley, California, and Cindy Saling (Bob) of Surprise, Arizona, as well as four grandchildren and one step-grandchild.

His celebration of life will be on June 16 at 4 p.m. at The Belfry in Sisters. Those wishing to attend may RSVP and/or direct questions to: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to CASA (Court Approved Special Advocates) of Central Oregon, whose information can be found online at

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