[Extensions of Remarks]
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HONORING THE LIFE OF NILS MICHAEL DECKER
HON. JIM COSTA
in the house of representatives
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Mr. COSTA. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the life and career of
Mr. Nils Michael “Mike” Decker of Fresno. Mike Decker passed away on
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Fresno, California.
Mike was a wonderful, kind man and a dedicated educator. Mike was
born in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. His career in education began at St
Alphonso's School in Fresno, California followed by Orange Center
School in Fresno.
Mike then served 25 years as Principal and Superintendent at Laton
Unified School District in Fresno County. In addition, Mike also served
on my State Assembly Staff as District Director.
In addition to his friends and family, Mike was adored by his
students. Mike positively influenced the lives of thousands of children
with this commitment to education and he helped many young people reach
for the stars.
Nils Michael Decker is survived by his wife of 52 years, Diana
Decker, his son, Timothy J. Decker, his son, Scott A. Decker and his
wife, Maria and his daughter, Katherine Decker. He is also survived by
his grandchildren, Michael Hill, Jadyn Garrett, Nicholas Decker and his
great granddaughter, Neelia Grace Hill.
Mike's sister, Margo Bellman and his brother Gordon Decker both of
Michigan also survive him.
I ask my colleagues to join me today in honoring the life and career
of Nils Michael Decker, a hero to his family, a wonderful role model
for educators and exemplary father, grandfather, great grandfather and