Michael Edward Yenick, best known by family and friends as “Bub”, was born in Ely, Nevada in the year of 1982. Bub was raised in a family where heritage, faith, hard work, love and family values were instilled in him at a very young age. In those early years, his grandparents were not only his biggest and first fans, but they were his mentors and their life lessons gave Bub his foundational core values. Their lessons were simple and clear- they taught him the value of hard work and the importance of family. He was affectionately referred to as the apple of his grandpa’s eye and he loved the simplicity of living in a small town and the freedom it offered. In 1988 his family moved to Reno, Nevada. He attended St .Theresa Little Flower School through eighth grade. He was a dynamic and very active young boy playing on the basketball team, bringing his signature dance moves to the talent show and entering the annual science fair every year. Football was not only his first love but his calling. He began playing pop warner as a young eight year old until it was time to move onto the next level at age fifteen. After graduating from Little Flower he attended Bishop Manogue High School and was a decorated letterman in both varsity basketball and football all four years. He was an athletic force in both sports and as captain, led his teams to victory and state championships his senior year. In 1998 he set the weight lifting record in power cleans that still stand to this day. He kept his body and mind in great shape and had a passion to help others as well
Bub had a natural athletic ability for all sports in which he devoted many long, compassionate and dedicated hours of practice. He was a leader off the field as well, unknown to many, Bub was extremely devout in his faith and in his spirituality. He was very involved in his school spirituality and became a Eucharistic Minister. As a team captain and popular guy, Bub would constantly reach out to fellow classmates who didn’t socially quite fit in. His cool demeanor and simplistic offers to have others join him at lunch, pick up the ball, or hang out in the hall would be small acts of kindness Bub constantly gave out to everyone and anyone. He took those early life lessons and values and practiced what was preached to him. He wasn’t doing it for gratitude or attention, he was just being Bub.