Michael Sabin

Pastor Michael "Mike" L. Sabin

Sunday, June 25th, 1950 - Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
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Sabin, Michael L. "Mike", 69, of Dayton, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at his home.

Mike is preceded in death by his daughter Erin Sabin, parents Leroy and Shirley Sabin, brother Robert Sabin, brothers-in-law Richard A. Schulte, Michael Schulte, and Jeff Havard, nephew Nathan Schulte, father-in-law Richard L. Schulte, mother-in-law Honor Schulte, and grandmother Charlene Oren.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years and high school sweetheart, Heather Sabin, daughters Julie Sabin, Sarah (Jedfrey) Tudor, and Emily (Jason) Thompson, grandchildren Luke Sabin Barker, Elliet, Kenai, and Ziva Tudor, and Simon and Liam Thompson, brother Brent Sabin, sisters Cynthia Borchard and Debby Terrian, special loved ones Ed (Michelle) Nienaber, and many numerous nieces and nephews.

Mike wore many hats in his 69 years, literally and figuratively.

He was a devoted husband, a loving dad, an adoring grandpa, but above all things, a follower of Jesus. He was licensed through DOVE Ministries and became cofounder and pastor of WINGS Christian Fellowship in Bellbrook.

Mike cultivated a life long love of the great outdoors. As the "rock" of the Sabin family, he used his passion to spend quality time with all of his favorite people. He loved biking and kayaking with Heather, fishing with his brothers, and creeking with his grandkids who he always called his “smile makers”. He wrote his best sermons in deer stands or while cutting the grass. Mike was an avid camper as a Silver Star Boy Scout and more recently at the family's annual B.S. Fest and throughout Ohio State Parks with Heather.

An anointed worship leader, Mike surrounded himself with music. His family often felt they were living in a musical. His daughter Erin was especially comforted by his singing. His music was an integral part of BellHOP Cafe where he served coffee, people, and Jesus.

Following a 20 year career in investment property management, Mike poured himself into Bellbrook and its citizens. A proud American, he wanted to "Keep America Great" and make Bellbrook better. He was an integral part of the Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Ministerial Association, Optimist Club, Avenue of Flags, National Day of Prayer, and the Cross Walk every Easter season.

As befitting a man that has lived well, Mike leaves his community and family with good memories of his servant heart. His girls will surely miss the blue eyed guy that got them flowers for any occasion, dropped everything when they needed him, and prayed a blessing over them every night, “May the Lord God bless you with His peace and with His rest.”

To help the family celebrate his life, you are invited to share your memories, sympathies, and hugs during the Life Celebration Memorial Service at Emmanuel Baptist Church (2928 Wilmington Dayton Rd, Bellbrook, OH 45305) on Tuesday, Feb. 18th at 6 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to BellHOP Mission Outreach and Miami Valley Women's Center.

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Service Details

  • Life Celebration Memorial Service

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 6:00pm
    Emmanuel Baptist Church
    2928 Wilmington Dayton Rd.
    Bellbrook, OH 45305
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to BellHOP Mission Outreach and Miami Valley Women's Center.
    Steve Fricke
  • Interment

    Monday, February 17th, 2020 | 3:30pm
    Monday, February 17th, 2020 3:30pm
    Bellbrook Cemetery
    3939 Upper Bellbrook Rd.
    BELLBROOK, OH 45305
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jim & Kathy Martin

Posted at 12:08pm
Kathy and I are stunned at Mike's passing. He was a genuine Christian in life, not just in word. His devotion to serving God was obvious, as was his love for his family. Psalm 116:15 says, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." The word "precious" comes from the Greek word "yaqar" and in this verse, it means "costly." Mike's passing was not an act of God, for his passing is costly to God's Kingdom work on Earth. It is also costly to all those who knew and loved Mike. Yet God has made His peace available to us all to strengthen and comfort. Our prayers have gone forth for Heather, the family, the staff at BellHop, and Mike's friends. We will see him again and join him in worshiping before the throne of Jesus.

Richard D’Alessandro

Posted at 07:07pm
I met Mike over 30 years ago through his sister Cindy. At the time I thought it was very unusual to leave a good job as an investment property manager. A decade later I learned about how God calls and how true believers respond.
Mike was a kind guy with a lot of common sense and wisdom and I am sure he set an example for many around him.
He deserves his place in eternity.
Richard D’Al

Adriane Jett

Posted at 06:44pm
Mike and Heather were a big part of our family in the early 90s we started a restaurant in Bellbrook and they both help us and there kids to help And worked for us for years and helped make it successful.. We fellowshiped together at church and have known each other for a long time, Mike was one of the sweetest men I have ever met and Heather was always such a good friend to me. I am so sad and so sorry for your loss and thanking and praying for the whole family. love you ❤️

Adriane Jett

Posted at 06:01pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to have forever in your hearts. Love Adriane & Jay Jett
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Vista H. Richey

Posted at 04:36pm
Rich & I -- Karen (Sabin) Richey -- offer our love & deepest sympathy to Heather & all the Sabin family. We pray
all will feel God's Presence & Comfort today & in the days to come.
I have known Mike since 1963 when I met his dad, Roy, & we were married in 1964. So... I have literally seen Mike
"grow up" & have been a part of his life. I totally agree with the statement "Mike has been the 'rock' of the Sabin
family". When Roy passed on to Eternal Life in 2001, Mike was a tremendous help to me in helping with the
funeral arrangements for his dad. He also used his beautiful gift of singing at the funeral service. Later he helped
me with doing my taxes for several years. I will miss his great smile & hugs, & there is no one who can sing "Oh Holy
Night" like Mike. I have many memories of the early years of going fishing, ice skating, picnicking at Houston Woods &
of course, Christmas time, birthdays, & weekends.
I re-married in 2004 & introduced Rich to the Sabin family. He immediately felt accepted & at home with them & they with him.
Rich & Mike enjoyed each other's company & liked to exchange stories & jokes. We both will miss Mike very much.
I do know if anyone is ready to meet his Heavenly Father face-to-face, it was Mike. When he did, I know he heard the
words, "Well done, good & faithful Servant"!! Now we'll look forward to being reunited in our "Permanent Home".
With Love & Prayers,
Rich & Karen

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