Michael Mony Malan


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Michael Mony Malan

Michael Mony Malan, loving father, husband, and educator passed away June 3rd, 2021 at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Born at Swedish Hospital in Seattle on August 4th, 1939 to Roland and Molly Malan, Mike grew up in the Madrona area of Seattle; and from his earliest days was a young athlete at the Seattle Tennis Club.  He attended Lincoln High School and enjoyed being a leader in the student body and on the football team.  Known as “swivel hips, Malan,” he helped Lincoln football protect its winning legacy.

Mike went on to play football at the University of Puget Sound, and transferred to the University of Washington.  He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and pursued a career in education, eventually earning his Master’s Degree.  Always focused on helping people and providing leadership, he knew he wanted to be a teacher, coach, and ultimately a school principal.  Mike was well loved by his many students, teachers and staff that he worked with over the years.  Mike retired as principal of Kellogg Middle School, Shoreline School District.

During his senior year, he met the girl that would be the first love of his life, Carren Campbell Malan.  After marriage, they started their own family with the birth of son Todd in 1966 and daughter Michelle in 1969.  After college graduation, Mike started teaching history and coaching football in the Shoreline School District where he would spend his entire career.  Mike and Carren bought an historic home in Richmond Beach, which they renovated, and raised their family there.  Mike was also a long-time member of the Ski Acres Ski Patrol and the family were members of Skiers’, Inc. at Ski Acres.

After Carren’s untimely death in 1997, Mike married Margie Worrall Malan in 2003, and they traveled the world together and enjoyed their new blended family.  Mike and Margie built a beautiful new home in Hansville on Admiralty Inlet on Puget Sound and were embraced by the wonderful neighbors there.  Mike also enjoyed Sun Valley, Idaho and loved summers with his family and lots of ski time with friends and family on his favorite run Flying Squirrel.

Mike is survived by his wife Margie, his two children Michelle (Gregg) and Todd (David) and his brothers Peter (Mary) and Roland (Shelley.)  In addition, Mike is survived by grandkids, Thomas and Gwynie, stepkids (Wendy (Leif), Julie (Darin), John (Sabrina), and Susan (Jackie) and step grand-kids Corey, Cameron, Shea, Erin, Dylan, Jordyn, Bryn, Kjell, Clint and Jake.  Mike was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Kay.  Mike was also well-loved by numerous other family members including five nieces and one nephew he adored.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family asks that donations be made to the 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Seattle 10/2 – walker Michelle Harmon under team Mike’s and Helen’s Angels.

A memorial will be held on Mike’s birthday August 4th in Seattle at the Seattle Tennis Club at 1:00 p.m. 

Please post a memory, tribute or photo to Mike here on his Barton’s obituary and RSVP if you WILL attend his service on August 4th. (Please send photos as attachments with complete identifying information to:


As an alternative you can RSVP to his daughter Michelle at 206-604-0096 (text) or email:

10 Responses to “Michael Mony Malan”

  • Mary Smith says:

    My Mom worked with Mike at Shoreline and we were the beneficiaries of his Mustang (which he eventually got back). She always said he was a bright spot at Kellogg.

  • Steve Charlston says:

    Mike Malan was my PE teacher and coach while at Butler Jr High in the mid 1960’s. He used a drill sergeant shtick and humor to teach lessons I still reflect on today. I’ll always smile when I think of him.

  • bob McKinney says:

    Will miss you coach. Fair winds and following seas.

  • Gordie Jennings says:

    Coach Malan was the most influential teacher/coach i had the pleasure of experencing in the mid to late 1960s. I wrote a letter to Coach Malan while serving in the Marine Corps asking for his opinion and he replied with stating ” Mans greatest task is to know himself”. Coach Malan will always be remembered having been there for his students and players on the field.

  • Gordon Jennings says:

    Coach Malan, had our full attention throughout physical education and on the playing fields. I can honestly say his leadership skills commanded our performance levels to peek, and as a result i have not and will not ever forget him as a teacher, coach, mentor and inspiration to us all.

  • Cassandra Suess says:

    Mike was one of the kindest people I was ever to meet and had the most wonderful smile and gentle spirit. I know that he is continuing to be with Michelle, Todd, Thomas, Gwynie, and all of his family—too numerous to mention. He touched the heart of so many people throughout the years. Mike you’ll be missed—hugs.

  • Gail de Briere says:

    I was relatively new to teaching when I first met Mike. He was always so helpful and caring to the staff and to the students. I respected him so much and loved working with him. I am so sorry for his passing, but we will meet him again in the arms of the angels. Fly high , Mike !


    What a wonderful recount of Mr. Malan’s life. Very well done. He was my 7th grade PE teacher at Butler JH (also in the mid-sixties) and was always around the school and it’s students and activities. He was a “gently stern” educator which I admired both then and now. His advice toward greeting others of “look them in the eye and always give a firm handshake” I still adhere to. Looking back I am grateful for his attitude, kindness, and wisdom for us “kids” back then. He taught us well back in those days. Thank you, Mr. M!

  • Kimberly Hanson says:

    Beloved Uncle Mike! I have such fond memories of time spent with him. The earliest is when he came to visit us in Cali and the whole family got out of the car wearing face masks (which is normal now but not in the 70’s) because they didn’t want to breathe in smog. He always made me feel like the most important person in the room and his sense of humor and kindness are unparalleled. When our mother (his sister) passed away, he was so compassionate and helpful and I will never forget his tenderness. I will forever be indebted to him and am grateful for our wonderful cousins, Michelle and Todd. What a life well lived!!

  • Joan Prall says:

    I grew up with Mike and Carren
    You will be missed so much
    Thanks for the memories
    Praying for your family ❤️

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