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Michel Dean Bain, age 76

Michel Dean Bain, 76, of Conway, Arkansas passed away on January 22, 2023. He was born on January 1, 1947 in Carbondale, Illinois to the late William (Bill) and Betty Bain.

Michel spent most of his childhood in Southern California when his father Bill worked with Rockwell International in Anaheim.  After graduating from Whittier Christian High School, Michel joined the U.S. Navy in 1965, beginning what would become a distinguished 21-year career with the nuclear submarine force.

Throughout his life Michel was a gifted craftsman, having restored many classic cars as a weekend “shade tree mechanic” as well as becoming a very talented woodworker, typically furnishing his family’s home with beautiful hand-made pieces wherever his duty station sent them.  Michel also had a lifelong passion for motorcycles, owning and maintaining a Harley-Davidson for most of his life that he and his wife Charlotte would take on several long road trips.

His last Navy tour of duty took Michel and his family back to Southern California, where he finished out his career in San Diego training the next generation of submariners.  After living for some time in Arizona near Charlotte’s family, the Bains moved to Arkansas to be near their daughter Tammy and her husband, whose family have lived in Marvell, AR for several generations.  A strong-willed father figure and mentor who maintained high standards in everything he did, while always leading by example, Michel will be loved and missed by all who knew him.

Michel is survived by his wife Charlotte Bain; son Paul Bain; daughter Tammy Heidelberger; grandchildren Triston Heidelberger, Isabelle Bain, Addison Heidelberger, and Katherine Bain, as well as many extended family members and friends.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Kim Jensen Posted January 23, 2023 2:58 PM

    Whether on the Atlanta or the Harleys our time together was a learning experience. From the “Cape” to the Worlds Fair to Pop’s we rode some miles. Fair Winds and Following Seas Chief.

    • Tammy Bain- Heidelberger Posted January 31, 2023 12:50 PM

      Kim, thank you so much for your kind words!

  • Gwendolyn L Vaught Posted January 23, 2023 4:32 PM

    Mike was a pleasure to take care of gave us a run for money sometime had his monet will be missed

  • Bill & Dana Brown Posted January 23, 2023 7:35 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

  • Michael Spencer Posted January 23, 2023 8:12 PM

    After only knowing for a year as a friend and neighbor in Congress, Az then helping with their move it was truly my pleasure to know such a wonderful caring man. Rest in peace my friend. Semper Fi from this old Marine!

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