Michael Kodzo Obituary, Death – Born on March 29, 1942, to Charles T. Standley and Francis Tate Standley in Los Angeles, California. Mike spent the majority of his adult life there. His motivation and tenacity, along with the decisions he made from an early age, set the course for his success in life. He received his B.S. in education/social science from Twin Fall High School in 1960 and his Master of Education in school administration from the University of Idaho after graduating from both institutions in 1966. Mike began his career as a teacher by spending two years in Oregon. He utilized his master’s degree in 1971 by working as an Assistant Director in the ISU Office of Registration and Records. In 1992, he received a promotion to Director.
Mike enjoyed a variety of sports, including golfing, hunting, fishing, RVing, and whitewater rafting, including several trips down the middle fork of the Salmon River, the main Salmon River, the Green River in Utah, the Selway River, the Bruno River, and the Owyhee River. He also played football in high school and worked as a referee in the Big Sky and WAC football conferences. In recognition of his lengthy career as a football official, he was inducted into the Big Sky Conference Hall of Fame. From the early 1970s to the 1980s, he officiated high school wrestling. Mike was a man of constant activity. It was only temporary to step down as the director of the Office of Registration & Records. When a chance arose, Mike left retirement to take the position of director of Compliance at the ISU athletic department. In 2008, he left ISU for a second time.
Mike loved Suzanne Threlkeld Standley for more than 60 years—a high school love story for the ages. They have two sons and two daughters-in-law. Older son Shane Standley and wife Libby White Standley and younger son Casey Standley and wife Kathy Ringe Standley were the foundation for a tight-knit family full of fun and adventure. Beloved grandchildren are Logan Standley and wife Kate Hinze Standley, Alexis Standley, Karlie Standley Braseth and her husband Sam Braseth and youngest grandson Quinton Standley loved adventures with Pops and Nana, AKA Mike, and Suzi. Noah Jack Standley born on March 7, 2022, made Michael and Suzanne great grandparents.
Mike was a member of the ISU Alumni Association, the Fi Sigma Cappa alumni Association and a long-standing member of Trinity Episcopal church. Michael is survived by his wife Suzanne and brother Steven Standley plus kids, grandkids, and a great grandson. Mike was everyone’s friend. The guy you could count on to be there when you needed someone. Humorous and extremely charming, his “sunshine personality” was a gift that defined him…a gift that is now woven into our lives.