Michael Cargill Obituary

Michael  Cargill
Michael Cargill

October 5, 2003
Resided in Waukee, IA


Michael Cargill, a local jazz musician who had performed with internationally acclaimed recording artists including Celine Dion and Elton John, died Sunday, October 5, 2003 at Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, due to injuries sustained from an auto accident. He was 36 years old.

Mike graduated from Dowling High School and studied at Southwestern Community College and University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a degree in Music Education with a minor in jazz performance.

Mike's passion for music led him to relocate to Las Vegas in 1991 with the Melissa Spangler Band. Since that time, Mike performed with many world renowned musicians and recording artists, including Eddie Rabbit, the Wynans, Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, jazz trombonist Steve Turre, jazz pianist James Williams, Mercury recording artist Tommy Rae, David Cassidy, Sheena Easton and James Brown.

He also worked on several production shows in Las Vegas: '50s' at the MGM Grand, David Cassidy's show "At the Copa," Sheena Easton's show "For Your Eyes Only," and Soul Desire Rhythm and Blues Revue. Locally, Mike's fans enjoyed his performances in "Rock Around the Clock", held at Adventureland Theme Park in Altoona.

While Mike's professional career featured many accolades and opportunities to accompany well known musicians, his favorite musical moments occurred when he worked with local students at Dowling and East High Schools. He also loved participating in the Community Jazz Center student jam sessions involving young, aspiring musicians.

Mike is survived by his wife, Laura; his parents, Barbara and Fred Taylor; brother, Kevin Cargill of Carrallton, Virginia; and sisters, Stacey Cargill of West Des Moines and Casy Cauthen of Jacksonville, Florida. He is also survived by brothers, Ed Taylor of Kirkland, Washington, Darin Taylor of Des Moines and Asa Cargill of Jacksonville, Florida; and sister, Cindy Tureaud of Orlando, Florida. Mike is also survived by 21 nieces and nephews; grandparents, Melfred and Margaret Taylor of Sikeston, Missouri; and many other family and friends.



Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, October 7, 2003
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Valley Evangelical Free Church
4343 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Wednesday, October 8, 2003
2:00 PM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Wednesday, October 8, 2003