Eaton County Probate Judge Michael Skinner has died after a 10-year fight with cancer, reports The Lansing State Journal. He was 58.
Skinner was elected to the bench in 2000 and learned he had cancer the same year.
“He had to deal with that every single day he was a judge,” said Tom Eveland, chief judge for the Eaton County circuit and probate courts.
“In spite of that, he took on a lot of work that had not been done by the probate court before,” such as handling most of the county’s juvenile cases.
Skinner sat by assignment in the Eaton Circuit’s family division.
Skinner was a board member of Child & Family Services, Inc. He was an adjunct professor at the Michigan State University Law School.
Skinner was also a former president of the Southwest Michigan Probate Judges Association.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lansing. The Tiffany Funeral Home, Lansing, is handing the arrangements.