Michael C. Plunkett
February 23, 1953 – May 26, 2012
Michael Charles Plunkett, residing in Colorado Springs since 1975, passed away at home on Saturday, May 26, 2012 following a brave battle with a progressive neurological illness.
Michael was born in Nyack, New York to the late Stephen and Naomi (Davies) Plunkett. He graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College, University of Northern Colorado, and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He was formerly adjunct faculty at Pikes Peak Community College and the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
Michael was a Licensed Professional Counselor who dedicated his life to those struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. He retired from the El Paso County Department of Health where he was the Program Director of the Drug and Alcohol Counseling and Prevention Programs (formerly McMaster Center). He then accepted the position of Program Director, Harbor House Collaborative, McMaster Clinic. Michael knew the value of community collaboration, and served on the boards of the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, Pikes Peak Region, the Southern Colorado AIDS Project and later, Harbor House Collaborative.
Michael is survived by his wife, Lynn Plummer-Plunkett; his son Joshua Edward Plunkett; his step-daughter Laura (Mike) Phillips Eaton residing in Texas; his brothers Stephen Plunkett (Karen, deceased) of Orlando, Florida, Richard (Kathleen) Plunkett of Buffalo, New York, and Terrence (Donna) Plunkett of Colorado Springs; and 7 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Naomi Plunkett; and brother Thomas Ryan (Rosemarie) of Mahopac, New York.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the Hillside Gardens, 1006 South Institute, Colorado Springs, on Friday, June 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Michael’s memory to Harbor House Collaborative, 1710 East Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80909.