The A.I. industry lost an ambassador and friend with the sudden passing of Mike Rakes in the early hours of Monday, April 29. Mike passed away in Visalia, CA while in surgery for a ruptured aorta.
A farm boy from the hills of Arkansas, Mike followed his passion for dairy cattle genetics and received a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He was active in school as student Senator, National Officer in ADSA and was the outstanding graduating senior. In 1994, Mike completed an executive MBA program at Pepperdine University.
Mike was an incredible colleague and great friend, to many around the world. He worked in over 50 countries on four continents during his 34 year tenure at World Wide Sires; most recently in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Iran, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Japan, China and Taiwan.
Mike was very involved in the dairy industry and local community. He was a past Director of the National Dairy Shrine, Rotarian and Director of the YMCA.
Mike never met a stranger and always found the good in people. His never-ending smile, larger-than-life laugh and ability to light up the room will be missed.
He was a proud husband and father of 4 incredible daughters that were the center of his life.
Mike is survived by his wife Debra Rakes, daughter Brittney Creasey (Alexander Creasey), daughter Brenna Keck (Peter Keck), daughter Brooke Rakes, daughter Brilynn Rakes, grandchildren Noelle and Asher Keck, brother Randy Rakes (Jack Rakes), sister Missy Gentile (Russ Gentile), father Jerry Rakes, and mother Betty Rakes.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 10, at 11:00 a.m. at the Visalia First Assembly of God Church located at 3737 S Akers St., Visalia, CA 93277. A reception will be held at World Wide Sires (5545 Avenida de los Robles, Visalia) immediately following
Click here to see the beautiful video of Mikes daughter Brilynn and her amazing gift! Brilynn was featured on the results episode of Dancing With the Stars and danced with Derek Hough. This video was just published on April 9th!