Michael Glenn Pinion
October 24, 1954 – October 14, 2022
Michael Glenn Pinion, 67, passed away suddenly on October 14, 2022, at his home in Mechanicsville, VA.
Mike grew up on the East Coast, as a navy brat with his family. He attended Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, where he met and married his high school sweetheart.
Michael received a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He was a Nuclear Engineer with Dominion Virginia Power. After his retirement, he worked as a Forensic Fire Investigator with Forcon International.
He loved to share his passions with others, including fishing, camping, gardening, beekeeping, hunting, and building.
He was very proud of his two daughters and grandchildren. You would always find him cheering at his daughters marching band competitions, dance recitals, or basketball games; or at a swim meet, dance recital, or football game for his three grandchildren. He was always there!
If you had the privilege of hearing one of his stories, learning from one of his lessons, eating produce from his garden, laughing at one of his many witty yet sometimes inappropriate jokes, or tasting the honey that he processed; you are a better person for it. His family, friends, fellow engineers, beekeepers, fisherman, and campers will forever be touched by the positive impact that Michael Pinion made.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Deborah Jeannine Elliott Pinion; two daughters, Jennifer Pinion Rose, and Emily Pinion-Jenkins and her husband Gary Jenkins; grandchildren, Jacob Rose, Chandler Rose, and Lecie Jenkins; mother, Clara Pinion; older brother, Edward Pinion; and three sisters-in-law and their families, Pattie Matthews, Peggy and Michael Davy, Linda Elliott, and Jo Wilson.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Pocahontas State Park in the Swift Creek Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Virginia Association for Parks (VAFP)
P.O. Box 9205
Norfolk, VA 23505
My Daddy taught me so much, except how to live without him.
One memory I have of Mike, is when I parked my Mazda Miata in the basement, it was a fire hazard! He never let me forget. Rest easy Mike.
Mike worked with me at Dominion Energy and we shared the same quirky, literal, perspective on the world. We were ‘engineers’ or nerds as some might call this life persuasion. He was also my friend whom I miss very much. He is a good man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Everyone liked him. He is looking down on us and live on through his family and friends who had the pleasure to know him.
I’ll always remember working alongside Mike one day and he made a comment. Five minutes later the whole group burst out laughing as we finally got his joke.
Mike was thoughtful and had a very dry and insightful sense of humor. He was a really good forensic engineer and made me laugh.
Will miss him.
Mike and I worked a lot of cases together over the years. He was very good at what he did and will be missed by all that knew him.
God bless his family in this difficult time.
I considered Mike a “work friend”, and had the pleasure of working cases both with him and, occasionally, on the other side from him for many years. He was a straight shooter, and I I learned a lot from him, and always enjoyed his wry sense of humor. Like Walt said above: sometimes it hit you a few minutes later! He always had a jar of honey, or some jalapenos or figs from his garden that he graciously gave away, and that we still enjoy to this day. I am fortunate to have known him, and I hope his family can take some comfort in knowing how much he will be missed.
Thank you so much for sharing! We didn’t often get to see how he impacted others at work. He will forever be missed.
– Emily (his youngest daughter)
My condolences to the Pinion family on the untimely passing of Mike. Mike was a fellow EE and colleague in the forensic world. There are not many of us in the EE forensic sphere. I have worked cases with Mike for close to 20 years. As Walt, Richard, and Tim mentioned above, we all have worked cases together sometimes on the same team and other times on opposing teams. Mike and I normally agreed and there a few times where we had a slightly differing opinion. He was a professional and we enjoyed working together. His dry sense of humor and wit made some awful fire scenes and forensic cases less so. On occasions when time would allow, we would stop and have a late lunch or early dinner after working a scene. If we were in his neck of the woods, he usually knew some good local BBQ or local cuisine place to eat. Mike would talk about the family and grandchildren, his love of the outdoors, and the fun of beekeeping. I will miss working with Mike, our lunches after scenes, and the jars of honey, which my wife thoroughly enjoyed. Mike and I shared the same birthday but he was a few years older than me. I know Mike is Resting in Peace. I have been praying for him and the family that they may find peace from his passing.