Michael Willett, 71, died Dec. 24, 2016. He was born in Louisville, KY on May 2, 1945 to Richard Wilburn Willett and Joella Hall Willett, both deceased. He is a member of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Saleeby Willett; sons, Nathan (Jill) and Evan (Katie) Willett; grandchildren, Smith, June, Connor, and Eleanor Willett; siblings, Donna Willett, Janet Varon (Steve Lazar), Brent Willett (Jill), Cheryl Harrington and Terri Craig. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Michael graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and earned a Masters and PhD in Mathematics from North Carolina State University. He had a distinguished career as a professor at UNC Greensboro, IBM, and numerous technology companies. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hiker, camper, skier, golfer, and kayaker.
A graveside service will be held Friday December 30, 12:00pm at Raleigh Memorial Park, 7501 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday December 30, 2:00pm at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7506 Falls Of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615.
Condolences may be sent through www.brownwynne.com
“I am sorry to report the passing of Michael Willett, Flash Memory Summit’s leading security expert. Besides his notable technical contributions, Michael was also one of the nicest people I have ever met. I will miss him terribly.” — Lance A. Leventhal