Michael Joseph Assante of Alta, WY passed away at the age of 48 on July 5, 2019 after a long, hard fought battle with cancer. He lived a full life in his short time, but he openly expressed his gratefulness for the time he was given, especially in his last months.
Most important to him was that he was a loving husband, father, brother, son, friend, and patriot. Michael loved God and openly shared his faith with those around him. His faith in God was unwavering, especially during his darkest hours. He was an avid outdoorsman, conservationist, hunter, and angler.
Professionally Michael proudly served in the United States Navy from 1989 – 2000. In 1997 he was awarded Intelligence Officer of the Year for the Pacific Fleet. Upon leaving the U.S. Navy he was one of the first and foremost innovators in cybersecurity, at a time when cybersecurity and Industrial Control Systems were just being recognized as integral to the safety of data, organizations, and our nation. In his last months he was awarded the Meritorious Public Service Award by the Secretary of the U.S. Navy for his contributions as a civilian in support of his beloved Navy. Upon his death he was the Director of Industrials and Infrastructure at the SANS Institute with a focus on securing organizations that make, move, and power our world. Since his death he has been honored in both the House and Senate for his dedication, passion, and contributions to our nation’s security, and for the role he played in educating others so that they can continue on in the all-important mission of defending our nation.
Michael leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Christina, and their three children Alex, Anabel, and Asher. He also leaves behind his parents, Lenny and Patricia Assante, and his brother Tom Assante and sister Angela Fox.
A public memorial will be held on August 3, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Huntsman Springs Resort (The Tributary), 501 Huntsman Springs Drive, Driggs, ID 83422 (208-354-9660). The memorial will be immediately followed by a procession to Pratt Cemetery in Alta, Wyoming for interment. Family and friends are also welcome to fellowship and share together in a Celebration of Life following the interment, also at Huntsman Springs (Tributary).