Mike Sawatsky

March 28, 1968 ~ July 1, 2021

On July 1, 2021, Mike Sawatsky passed away peacefully at home at the age of 53, surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife Crystal, son Andrew, daughter Erica, brother Greg, and niece Kiera.

Mike was born and raised in Whitehorse. He lived in Calgary while attending SAIT, however quickly realized his home was the Yukon. Mike became an electrician and ran his own successful electrical contracting company for years. Mike loved the outdoors and spent as much time as he could camping, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and boating. At one time, “Admiral Sawatsky” had nine boats.

Mike was devoted to his family and friends. He was always willing to help build a shed, launch a boat or whatever was needed. He was kind and generous and would give you the shirt off his back if you were in need. Those close to him count themselves lucky to have known him. He will be greatly missed.

In 2013, Mike suffered a severe adverse drug reaction (ADR). He fought tirelessly to increase awareness and education of ADR’s so that nobody would have to suffer the devastating health deterioration he went through. ADR’s are the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. Mike requested that in lieu of flowers, people educate themselves at www.adrcanada.org and make a donation to help continue research and education into ADR’s so that no one else has to watch a loved one suffer from something so easily preventable.


  1. Kim Corothers and Rob Gregory

    Deepest condolences to the family and friends that Mike has left behind. He was such a descent human being, and we are so saddened by this news. Peace be with you, my friend.

    • Crystal Birmingham

      I’m so sorry to hear of this. Whenever I think of you Mike, it’s always a picture of that easy smile you had for everyone. My condolences to his wife, children and family.

  2. Kim Ponsioen

    So sorry for your loss Crystal Erica and Andrew Mike was a wonderful person and will be missed

  3. Daryn Leas

    Condolences to Mike’s family. I grew up with Mike and Greg. Mike was always friendly and steady as a rock. Whenever I bumped into him around town, there was always that friendship and connection. Rest In Peace.

  4. Roxanne Vallevand

    My condolences to Mike’s family. One of the kindest people that I grew up with here in Whitehorse. I will miss seeing him around.

    • Lisa MacKenzie

      Deepest condolences to Mike’s family. My thoughts are with all of you.

  5. Lynne Brais

    My condolences to Crystal, the children and Greg. He was loved by many. ❤

    • Michele (Sillak) Donohue

      RIP Mike! Our longtime family friend. Our fathers worked together, for the Yukon Government in the 70’s, & they fast became greatest of friends. I recall our families had many fun times together in the 70’s. I moved away in the 80’s so didn’t see you all as much, but glad to have had a good conversation with you a few years back to catch up. Give Don & Marilyn, Dad & Nicole big hugs in heaven.
      My deepest condolences to Greg, & Mike’s family. You will be in our thoughts.

  6. Gordon von Finster

    RIP to a good friend and neighbour – very shocked to hear about this; condolences to family…

  7. Teresa

    Deepest condolences to the Family and Friends of Mike. Nice human being with recognizable smile.

  8. Martina Burkitt

    So sorry for your loss Crystal, Erica and Andrew. Our thoughts are with you.❤ Kevin and Tina

  9. Judy Matechuk

    Crystal, I’m so sorry to hear this. Hugs to you and the kids.

  10. Traci Mitchell

    My deepest sympathies to Mike’s family. Very sad to hear this Mike was a kind soul.

  11. Dennis Blaker

    Crystal, so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to you and the family.

  12. Richelle Bierlmeier

    My condolences as well. I always loved running into Mike, him and Tim worked together for a bit. Always happy and smiling. Rest in peace our friend.

  13. Mitt Stehelin

    Shocked and Saddened to hear about Mike’s passing.

  14. Norm Barrett

    RIP brother . You are in the arms of creator.

  15. Lisa Ell

    My condolences to the family. He was a very kind person with an awesome laugh that I will never forget.

  16. Eddie

    Sorry for your loss Greg and family

  17. Mike Bernier

    Condolences to the Sawatsky Family. Wow! Very surprised when I heard this sad news.
    Take care and keep strong during this tough time.

    RIP Mike. Until we meet again.

  18. Elsie Sillak

    I’m so sorry to hear the news about Mike. We were family friends with the Sawatsky family for many years. Very sad news. Condolences to his wife & family. Greg and his family.

  19. Jessica G

    Mike was a stellar guy who was always up for a chat on the rare occasion when we ran into eachother. I’m so sad to read that he’s passed. Sending so much love to his wife, kids and family.


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