David Michael Mike Flagler, age 76, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2018. In his final days, he was surrounded by family, friends, and his beloved wife Connie Flagler with whom he shared 23 years of marriage.
Mike was born on June 15, 1941 in Great Bend Kansas. He grew up with loving parents Lewis and Bea Flagler and sister Candace. Mike attended Wichita North High School and Wichita State University.
His professional career began in 1960 as a camera operator for KAKE TV in Wichita, Kansas. He also worked at the NBC station in Topeka and then relocated to Kansas City, Missouri where he worked as a director and producer at KMBC for over 10 years.
In 1966, Mike started his family welcoming daughter Michelle, and in 1970 his son Todd join the family. Mike enjoyed his role as their father, particularly taking them on vacation to California and shooting with them.
In the early 1980s Mike transitioned to advertising at Bernstein-Rein. One of his clients, Wal-Mart founder, Sam M. Walton grew to trust Mike and look to him for advice, including how to hold a corporate event for the managers of his stores. On a handshake, a new business in chapter in Mike's career begin. In the late 1980s Mike opened his own production company Flagler Productions.
Mike produced video in live-events for Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Jones Store, and many other clients over his lengthy career. He also gave generously with his time and talent to causes he championed, including the Dream Foundation, producing telethons for Muscular Dystrophy and the Bianchi Cup in New Zealand. His creativity and expertise in his craft were only overshadowed by his warmth and generosity. He was much more than a boss, he was a mentor and friend to his fiercely loyal team.
Passionate about the shooting sports, Mike spent many days off and much of his retirement on the range making friendships to last his lifetime. He was proud of his 1st Senior Individual and 2nd U.S. Team World Action Pistol Championship Trophies won at the Bianchi Cup in New Zealand.
Most of all, he loved spending time with his wife Connie, his children step-children, grandchildren and those friends he held dear. Mike was kindhearted and had a great sense of humor. He "loved a parade" but always advised "never follow the elephants". Those he respected, he refer to his good people and he greeted his favorite "good people" by asking, "You've been a good kid all day?"
Mike was preceded in death by his parents Lewis and Bea Flagler. He is survived by his wife Connie, daughter Michelle and her husband Al, son Todd and his wife Shelley, daughters Lindsey and Deanne, and grandchildren Olivia, Wyatt, Parker and Jacob.