SALT LAKE CITY-- Michael Shields Gilliland Rankin, 57, passed away August 18, 2000 after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

He was born March 30, 1943 in Compton, CA to Avery Minta and Norma Marie Young Gilliland. His father was killed in World War II. In 1948, his mother married Raymond Rankin, whereupon Michael took his stepfather's name. Married and divorced Judith Mae Bulthuis, who is the mother of his children. Married and divorced Sandra Lee McNickel. Married Margaret Ann Jorgensen Dec. 1, 1984. The marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.

Survived by his mother, Norma Marie Rankin, Vista, CA; two sisters and one brother; as well as his wife, Margaret (Maggie); children, Rhonda Lynn Rankin Kirton, Erick, OK; Robert Ryan Rankin, Orange, CA; Melissa Ann Rankin, Los Angeles, CA; and two stepchildren, Robert Reynolds, Logan, UT, and Angela Reynolds, Whittier, CA; and two grandchildren. Preceded in death by his stepfather; and infant brother.

Michael worked hard all his life as a painting contractor, a trade he learned from his stepfather. He was a kind, gentle man who was honest in all his ways. His tremendous devotion to God, family, friends, and animals places him among the greats.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, August 23, 2000 at 12 noon at Capitol Hill

Second Ward, 413 W. Capitol, Salt Lake City. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tues. at Russon Brothers Mortuary, 255 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City, and 10:45-11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Interment at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 4th Ave. and "N" St. Funeral Directors, Russon Brothers, Salt Lake City.