on July 2, 2013 - 6:41 PM
Jan. 24, 1950 – June 21, 2013
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at West Canal Marina, 4070 Tonawanda Creek Road, Town of Tonawanda, for Michael M. Hunter, who died June 21 in his Cheektowaga home.
Mr. Hunter, an automation data analyst with the Army during the Vietnam War, was 63.
A Buffalo native, Mr. Hunter graduated from Maryvale High School in 1968.
In 1972, he received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and pre-veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University.
He then joined the Army, where his duties included teaching computer technology to servicemen. Mr. Hunter also was instrumental in teaching classes on the Standard Installation/Division Personnel System – a record-keeping system installed in all Army posts by 1975.
He was honorably discharged in 1974 and began working in Buffalo Public Schools as a substitute teacher of history and social studies.
In 1976, he received an associate degree in travel and tourism from Genesee Community College.
For the next 10 years, he worked at American Airlines as a reservation agent, airport ticket agent, a specialist and assistant to a vice president of sales. He also became regional manager of Automation Sales in Los Angeles.
He also lived and worked in Buffalo; Hartford, Conn.; Washington, D.C.; Boston; and Tampa, Fla.
While living in California for 20 years, Mr. Hunter was a manager of operations for Kern Travel Service in Bakersfield; a corporate travel supervisor for First Nationwide Bank in San Francisco; and a travel consultant in San Diego.
He returned to the Buffalo area in 2006.
He enjoyed traveling and had visited Machu Picchu, all of Europe, including Greece and Turkey, and many countries in the Far East.
He helped plant trees as part of the Re-Tree WNY campaign.
Surviving are two brothers, Daniel R. Jr. and Timothy J.; and two sisters, Jean Marie Lyon and Mary Jane Martinez.