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Michael “Mike” Ray Nelums of Bishop, California passed away on October 15, 2021 in the comfort of his home.

Mike was born in Oroville, California on April 11, 1957 to Cecil Nelums and Bobbiette Overstreet. Mike had spent most of his childhood years in the Chico and Sacramento areas. During his teenage years he eventually moved to Bishop, California to complete high school while residing with his wonderful adoptive parents, Ned and Evelyn Baylis (as well as other local Bishop families who knew him as “Nubbs” that also provided a home for him from time to time).

Mike attended Bishop Union High School where he graduated in 1975. He would reminisce to his children about the positive memories that he had while playing sports with his friends and spending time with their families. After high school he joined the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. He returned to Bishop in the late 1970s and eventually began working in the grocery market business.

In 1980, Mike married his wife, Lorie Nelums, where they went onto have their children, Jeffrey and Samantha Nelums.
Mike is best remembered for his lively personality and ability to make people laugh. He enjoyed raising his children, hunting, fishing, and coaching his son’s baseball and hockey teams. Mike was known to never judge anyone and is known for his ‘life talks’ with folks when they were in need.

Mike is preceded in death by his wife, Lorie Nelums, his sister, Dixie Jackson, his biological parents, Bobbiette Overstreet and Cecil Nelums, as well as his adoptive parents, Ned and Evelyn Baylis. He is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Jeffrey and Breanne Nelums, his daughter, Samantha Nelums, his sister and brother in-law, Carla and Mike Ervin, his niece, Lyndsi Gayle Beard, and his brother Roger Nelums.

The Nelums family is generally known in the community for their love of pets, so Mike is also survived by a number of fur grandchildren that will miss no longer getting fed steak and eggs when he would babysit.

Graveside services are to be announced at a later time.

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