Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Michelle Flynn

Longtime Wood River Valley resident Michelle Flynn, surrounded by family, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 20, 2008.

Michelle was best known for her work as an artist. Skilled in numerous forms of art media, she illustrated for various magazines, including Idaho Wildlife, Field and Stream, Fly Fishing the West, and Warm Water Fly Fishing. She also illustrated the book "Joan Wulff's Fly Fishing, Expert Advice from a Woman's Perspective." She was instrumental in planning the initial Nature Conservancy fundraising banquets in 1983 and 1984, and did the poster artwork for both events. Her paintings can be found in numerous private collections both locally and nationally. In 1984, she was selected to paint the first California Wild Trout Stamp. Her paintings and drawings were reproduced for numerous other projects, including coloring books, greeting cards, bookplates and frontispieces for collector's edition book releases.

Michelle was also known to many for her fly-tying skills, especially her incredible ability to tie the "small stuff."

Michelle was born on June 6, 1952, in Aurora, Colo.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Randy; son, Brandon; her mother, E.J. Grein, of Rancho Bernardo, Calif.; father, Bill Grein, of Boise; and brother, Mike Grein, of Cathedral City, Calif.

Michelle would not have wanted a funeral service, but she would have reluctantly agreed to a party to celebrate her life. So for those who knew and loved Michelle, her life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Tim Gardiner's residence located at 26 Deer Creek Road.

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