Michael James Kennelly passed peacefully through the veil on Thursday, June 1, 2023. His wife, Beth, the light that shined in his eyes every day of their lives together, was by his side.\n\nBorn on August 15, 1942, Mike was adopted by Virgil and Ruby Kennelly and welcomed into a home filled with love. They adored him as did his sisters, Jenny and Georgia. Mike and his dad developed a special bond when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1957. Mike would often take the streetcar to the Coliseum to meet his dad after work for a game, nurturing their relationship and a love of baseball that continued throughout both of their lives.\n\nLearning came naturally for Mike, his inquisitive mind always hungering for knowledge, and after graduating from high school at sixteen, he entered college. He also enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves at seventeen, serving his country for nearly six years. That drive to serve combined with a desire to walk in the footsteps of his Savior, Jesus Christ, led him to serve a church mission to Ireland. \n\nUpon his return, Mike married his first wife, Sandra, and completed a master’s degree in library science, becoming a public librarian where he was always an asset with his encyclopedic mind and intelligence. He also took their four children on many adventures including road trips to national parks and historic sites, camping, and of course, baseball games.\n\nFollowing a divorce, it was baseball that led him to the love of his life, Beth, and they married in 1995. Fittingly, their wedding reception was filled with Dodger blue and decorations that declared their love for each other and their favorite ball team.\n\nAs their love grew and deepened, Mike blessed the communities where they lived with his cheerful personality and wit through such organizations as the Boy Scouts of America, the Rotary Club, and a multitude of local church callings.\n\nFollowing his retirement from library service in 2010, Mike served as a volunteer literacy tutor for both adults and children at the Rippy Literacy Center in Lehi, Utah until May of 2022. \n\nIn addition to serving his community, Mike also enjoyed a host of activities such as model building, running electric trains with the Ophir, Tintic, and Western Model Railroad Club in Utah County, watching baseball anytime he could, and loving his family.\n\nOf all the activities he enjoyed, nothing brought him more joy and happiness than serving others as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved his Savior, Jesus Christ, and had a very strong testimony of the gospel. He served as a counselor in various bishoprics, as a scoutmaster, young men’s leader, and a primary teacher.\n\nIn 2008, he accepted a challenge made by the Orlando Temple President to read the Book of Mormon every day. He never faltered in that commitment and read from the Book of Mormon each day until he no longer could. Determined to help him keep his commitment, Beth took over and read to him every day until the day he passed.\n\nMike is survived by his loving wife Beth, son Sean (Melanie), daughter Kerry, son Eric (Jennifer), and son Jeff (Melody), 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; his sisters Jenny and Georgia (Steve), his Aunt Diane, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.\n\nThe family wishes to express their gratitude to the many doctors, nurses, techs, and other personnel at American Fork Hospital, Provo Rehabilitation and Nursing, and Utah Valley Hospital for their dedicated service to Mike.\n\nA graveside service will be held Friday, June 16, 2023 at 11:00 am in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Following the graveside service, a visitation will take place at the Independence First Ward located at 15120 South Noell Nelson Drive, Bluffdale, Utah from 1:45 - 2:30 pm in the Relief Society room. A celebration of life will follow at 2:45 pm. Condolences may be sent to the family a www.olpinmortuary.com.