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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E334]
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                             HON. JIM COSTA

                             of california

                    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 friend. ____________________


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