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Michael Pomarico

Michael Pomarico

Wednesday, July 2nd, 1947 - Thursday, March 19th, 2020
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Michael Pomarico, 72, died March 19, 2020 at Garden Valley Retirment Village in Garden City, Kansas.

Michael was born on July 2, 1947 in Denver, Colorado to Salvatore and Catharine (Oberst) Pomarico. On June 14, 1980, he married Vicky Gottsponer in Lakin, Kansas. He grew up in Arvada, CO and graduated from Arvada High School in 1965. Michael received his Bachelor’s degree from Adams State College. He then went on to complete both his Master’s degree from University of Northern Colorado and his PhD in Education Administration from Oklahoma State University. Michael’s carreer in education started as a teacher before becoming the first principle of Kenneth Henderson Middle School in Garden City, KS. He then went on to become a superintendent of schools in Syracuse, KS, Atchison, KS, Columbus, NE and Derby, KS. Before retiring, Michael was employed by the Kansas State Association of School Boards.

Michael, dedicated his life to education and improving the educational opportunities for all children. An avid sports fan, he loved golfing, watching the Denver Broncos, Kansas Jayhawks and College Baseball.
He is survived by his wife, Vicky of Garden City, KS; 2 daughters, Jessica & husband Todd Woodford of Littleton, CO and Candy Goligoski of Colorado Springs, CO; sister, Sally Ann & husband Dennis Frazier of Loveland, CO; brother, Tom & wife Kelly Pomarico of Olathe, KS; and four grandchildren, Kurri Woodford, Makala Woodford, Ali Goligoski, & Ryker Goligoski. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held at a later date. The family suggests memorials given to the Parkinson’s Foundation or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, both in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City, Kansas.
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Leonard R Hernandez

Posted at 10:34am

Sorry it took me so long to address you and your family's loss. Mike or "Rico" as we all called him was like a brother to all of us on the Astros softball team. We shared way too many laughs and yes probably too many beers in our times together. He could have played with other teams but year after year when we called him he said "i am in" when it was time to go back to the softball fields. We all always appreciated him for his loyalty. Later, he would always laugh at me in my golf attire and my all Nike golf clubs, bags and shoes and he would always say that i was never going to get better until i switched to Mizuno! He was right! I never switched and i never got better. We will always have great memories of Rico. Thanks for sharing him with us. He was the real deal!

Leonard, Joni and Reggie Hernandez
And all of the other Astros

TaLena Bromley

Posted at 02:16pm
My husband and I were both students when Dr. Pomarico was superintendent at 409 here in Atchison, KS. We are sorry for your loss and send our condolences/prayers to the Pomarico family.

Rick & TaLena (Smith) Bromley

Judi Patterson

Posted at 10:50am
Sally Pomarico was a close friend of my Dad Bernard Deidel. As a result of that friendship our families spent time together with BBQ's, mountain trips, and other celebrations that included lots of good food and fun. Sally and Catharine were some of the best people I've known and Mike, Sally Ann, and Tom hung out with all of us Deidel kids from time to time. I was saddened to hear about Mike, but it brought back happy memories. Two of my boys are teachers and I can see that Mike dedicated his life to education and children. While we all lose touch through the years, I wanted you to know our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Judi Patterson (Deidel)
Jim Deidel

Dr. John Morton

Posted at 05:39pm
I have great memories of Mike and especially his droll sense of humor as we worked together in several leadership capacities. My condolences are extended to his family. Know that he made a difference throughout his life!
Dr. John Morton

Pat Prochazka-Jessop

Posted at 02:40pm
I was a high school classmate of Mike’s at Arvada High School. He was always one of my favorite people in our class - a genuine “good guy” 💕. May he Rest In Peace 🙏
Pat Prochazka-Jessop

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