Michael L. “Mike” Daffin

February 07, 1952 ‒ December 11, 2017

Westerville, Ohio
Formerly of Indianapolis, Indiana

Michael L. “Mike” Daffin, age 65 of Westerville and formerly of Indianapolis, Indiana died Monday morning, December 11, 2017 at The OSU Medical Center after a hard-fought battle with cancer (CUP).

Mike was born on February 7, 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana the only child of the late Harold and Nora C. (Gallion) Daffin.

It was there in Indiana where he graduated from Southport High School in the class of 1970, attended Wabash College, and graduated from Indiana University in 1975 with a degree in European History.  He later went back to get his degree in accounting.

Shortly after graduation from Southport, he married Linda Kidwell in Greenwood, Indiana.  They lived in Indiana until 1981 when a job offer from Nationwide Insurance led them to Westerville.  After two years with Nationwide, he felt the pull of operating his own business.  He ventured out on his own as an accountant, specializing in nursing home ownership and management.  In 1992, he was recognized in Who’s Who for his success as a business owner.

Mike was a member of Westerville Community United Church of Christ for over 30 years.  There, he was the treasurer for 12 years, was the head Lay Person, taught Sunday School, and over the years participated on every board.

Whether as a participate or spectator, Mike was a sports enthusiast.  While in high school he was a standout 1st baseman and quarterback and as an adult he enjoyed golfing and playing softball.  When his kids were growing up he never missed their sporting events and now focused his attention on his great nephews.  He was also a huge fan of Hoosier Basketball and the New York Yankees.

Mike loved to get creative in the kitchen and will be remembered for his Fettuccini Alfredo and his grilled steaks, that were prepared as though you were at Eddie Merlots.  His love of cooking and family melded into his role as Mr. Thanksgiving, his favorite holiday.

He will be missed by his wife Linda of 42 years and their two children Ashley and Chad Daffin both of Westerville.  He was also deeply loved by his cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters-in-law and his nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on the family on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 6-8 PM at the Westerville Community United Church of Christ, 770 County Line Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081.  Funeral services will be held there on Friday at 11 AM with Rev. Dr. Jay Groat officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mike’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Mike was a fundamentally good person who I worked with for over 25 years. We became good friends and lived through many “highs” and many “lows” in business, as most people do.

    I will miss his friendship and was deeply saddened by the news of his passing. My sincere condolences to the Daffin Family and to the many employees and associates that Mike worked with over the past years, who will also be saddened by Mike’s passing as well.

    I pray for his resting peace, free from the concerns of owning and running complicated businesses.

  • Mike was the kind of person you always just wanted to be around. His smile and laugh were infectious. I knew I could always count on him for learned advice. He was one of the first to welcome me to WCUCC so many years ago. He made you feel right at home. He did many things for many people, but always quietly and in the background. Very sad that he is gone. My condolences to Linda and the rest of the Daffin family.

  • Mike was a very kind and compassionate person anyone who had a chance to meet him became better for it.
    He embraced life and family as God would want all of us to do.
    I met Mike through his wife Linda who has been a close friend and coworker of mine over 33 years. I always told Linda how blessed she was o find a man like Mike as a lifelong partner.
    They were best friends, lifetime partners, parents and enjoyed each other’s company.
    I have never heard him say anything derogatory about anyone he welcomed all with a smile and a pure soul. He will forever be missed and loved by me and I am a better person for having him as my friend.
    My heart goes out to my dear friend Linda and her children. I know they are heartbroken but I know there bond with each other and with God will get them through until they are with Mike again.
    Love you Mike I pray someday I will see You again.
    Sandy Holley

  • I met Mike when my sister was in the hospital recovering from a double lung transplant. Even though he was fighting his own battles he didn’t hesitate to offer to help in any way he could. We spoke briefly but his kindness and gentleness of spirit has stayed with me from that day on. Mike, like his wife, Linda, was one of God’s blessings to us. And my heart aches for the pain his family is feeling.

    God bless and comfort you, Linda. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Mike was our score keeper when Chad was playing basketball at Columbus Academy. He was always willing to help and always had a positive outlook. My condolences to his family.

  • So sorry for the loss of Mike . He was a good man and I am certain he is resting with all in heaven. No longer in pain. I am sure Linda and the children will feel his loss for a long time ,but will have wonderful memories to sustain them.

  • Love and peace to Mike , Linda and children. He will no longer be in pain and will be in the hands of our Father. In time, good memories will sustain all of you . Although gone Mike will not be forgotten.

  • Our deepest sympathy to Linda and the children. Mike was just a super nice person, always made you feel so comfortable to be in his presence. Rest in peace dear nephew, you will be sorely missed.
    Uncle Bob and Aunt Marilyn

  • My deepest condolences on your loss. Many thoughts and prayers for you during this extremely difficult time.

  • Ed and karen Henry. Our sincere condolences. Mike was always willing to visit and showed extreme devotions toward his family. He will greatly be missed.

  • It was a privilege to have known Mike and the entire family during our time together at Columbus Academy. Mindy, Todd and I extend our deepest sympathy.

  • Alan and I remember Mike and Linda from Columbus Academy when our son attended, and especially the times spent at basketball games.
    Our sincere condolences to his family.
    Shirley and Alan Tallis

  • Mike was a great Father, Husband, Uncle, and Friend to all who made his acquaintance. I know Mike from being Best Friends with his Wife Linda’s youngest brother. I have many great memories of Mike that will last a lifetime. My condolences go out to Linda, Chad, Ashley, and the rest of the family. Mike will truly be missed.

  • Such heartbreaking news to learn of your loss. I remember Mike from high school, what a cut up he was! There is a faint memory of him taking home ec so he could be in class with the girls, does that ring a bell? Then, to meet you through work and realize you were married to Mike….such a small world. Also, we have good memories of spending a few weekends at your home. You and Mike were great hosts! Please know you, Ashley and Chad are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Cathy and Floyd Thomas

  • I worked for Mike for 13 years. He was a great person. I always enjoyed being around him. Was saddened to hear of his passing as I know many were. May God be with his Family. Ron Conaway Jr

  • Dear Linda and family, I just found out today that Mike passed. So very sorry. He was one of the “good guys”. I enjoyed knowing your family as friends and working with Mike in business. Peace to you all and prayers for comfort. He is not suffering anymore and will be a good angel watching over you all.

  • Dear Linda and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. All enjoyed seeing Mike whenever he came into the office. Our prayers are with each of you in the days ahead. May it help to know that many are feeling the loss of this wonderful man. May his smiles carry on in each and everyone who he he gave one of his to.