Michael Anthony Mazzolini passed away at his home in Butte of natural causes. He was born in Butte on Monday, November 2, 1959 to Edward J and Mary Kay (Powers) Mazzolini-Pearce.
Mike attended local schools and graduated from Butte High School in 1977. He worked for his father at Continental Concrete for a while before embarking on his restaurateur career. He started in the back of the Speedway Bar on Front Street with La Cocina, moved on to La Toucan, The Metals Banque and finally Butte Hill Catering, always pleasing his diners with great food.
Mike was active in countless civic activities and was an active member of Butte Celebrations. For years, he was instrumental in bringing floats to Butte and spent countless hours creating and decorating floats for our local parades. Mike was dedicated to preserving Butte’s history and served on several local historical preservation committees, catered countless festivals and events including wedding and funerals. Mike was intimately involved in several of the local festivals including the early years of Evel Days, the Folk Festivals and the An-Ri-Ra Festivals. Above all, Mike was the consummate Butte kid, he was kind and generous and would never turn his back on anyone. You could always count on Mike and he loved to have a good time.
He is preceded in death by his father, Ed Mazzolini who passed away in 1995. Survivors include his mother, Mary Kay Mazzolini-Pearce of Butte, brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Kim Mazzolini of Anchorage, Alaska, Craig and Nora Mazzolini of Great Falls, his sister and sister-in-law, Dione Mazzolini and Stacy Muldoon of Seattle, his adopted family, Michael and April Stoltz and their children, Molly and Alexander, Megan Beckett, nieces and nephews, Nicholas, Andrew, Marissa, Anthony and Daniel and life-long friends, Keith Atcheson, Dana St. John and Denise Horne.
A celebration of his life will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Wayrynen-Richards Funeral Home. The celebration of his life will continue at a reception at the Front Street Station immediately following services. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Butte Citizens for Preservation and Revitalization, PO Box 164 Butte, MT 59703. Express condolences at www.wayrynen-richards.com.
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