Michael W. Batten, age 72, of Council Bluffs, passed away June 24, 2020, at Select Specialty in Omaha, Neb. Mike was born May 6, 1948, in Council Bluffs,, to Leo and Joan (Ricker) Batten. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1967 and from University of Sioux Falls in 1971, earning a degree in Education. In 1972, Mike took a teaching and coaching position with the Council Bluffs Community Schools, retiring in 2005. Mike was the head Girls Track Coach for 21 years and was inducted into the Council Bluffs Relays Hall of Fame in 2008. He touched so many lives in athletics and was a great role model for the students and parents. Mike loved his grandsons, fishing, the outdoors and the Hawkeyes. He was preceded in death by his father, Leo Batten and hours after his own passing his son, Neil Batten. Mike is survived by his son, Jason Batten, of Council Bluffs; grandsons, Hayden and River Batten, both of Red Oak, Iowa; mother, Joan Batten; brother, Steve (Sue) Batten; sister, Kathy (Larry) Argersinger, all of Council Bluffs; brother, Pat (Karen) Batten, of Parker, Colo.; sister, Jeanene (Charles) Coulon, of New Orleans, La.; nieces and nephews. Celebration of Life service, Tuesday, 3 p.m., at The Gathering Room at McCoy's with visitation with the family following until 6 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Hayden and River Batten Educational Fund.
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