Published in Post Register from May 31 to June 1, 2017
Michael Egerer 1949 - 2017
Michael Hugh Egerer, 67, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 25, 2017, after a short
He was born Oct. 9, 1949, in Bethesda, Maryland, the son of Lt. Cmdr. (retired) Ernest
Egerer and Minnie Rose Egerer. His father was a career Navy officer who fought in three
After graduating from Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C., (1967), Mike
enlisted in the U.S. Army and was accepted into Officer Candidate School. He successfully
completed the course and graduated as a second lieutenant. He then served for four more
years and was honorably discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1973.
Mike attended George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia) after his military service and
graduated from there with a degree in business when he was 27 (1976). He also earned
an MBA degree from Temple University.
After earning his degrees and his CPA, Mike went to work for Coopers and Lybrand. But in
terms of his career, he was somewhat of a renaissance man. He worked for many different
employers in all kinds of industries. When he lived in Pittsburgh, he owned more than a
dozen different restaurants, ranging from pizza places to high-end dining establishments.
When he moved back to Virginia, he became a specialist at buying failing businesses and
making them successful again.
Before his retirement, Mike was the CEO of BlackHill Solutions in Reston, Virginia. Mike
called many places home, including Washington, D.C.; Texas; California; New York;
Pennsylvania; West Virginia; and Virginia.
The great love of his life was Melanie Berrett, whom he married July 19, 2008, in Salt Lake
City. Less than two years later (March 13, 2010), they returned to have their marriage
solemnized in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Since joining the LDS Church in 2009, Mike was involved in a number of assignments,
usually involving the youth, especially the Boy Scouts. He loved all of the young people he
met at church (and their parents) and was always generous in sharing his time, talents and
resources with them. Most recently, Mike and Melanie have been involved as workers in
the Washington, D.C., LDS Temple. He also served for four years as a deputy district
Scout commissioner and enjoyed working on the advancement committee and helping
scouts earn their Eagle award. As a reward for obtaining their Eagle, Michael gave many
of them a Henry Repeating Rifle, Golden Boy Eagle Scout Tribute Edition.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, who are both buried in Arlington National
He is survived by his wife, Melanie; a brother, Timothy E. Egerer (Donna); a sister, Patricia
Ann Wilson, and her children, Kathleen Wilson and Michael Wilson; a son, Aaron Allen;
Aaron's son, Colton; and other assorted nieces, nephews and family pets. Mike will be
deeply missed by his family, friends, associates and his favorite nephew, Clint Hobley.
Graveside will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, in Annis-Little Butte Cemetery, Rigby,
under the direction of Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.coltrinmortuary.com