Michael Turgeon

By Molly Barari

Michael Turgeon has experienced a Cinderella story of the soul.

The 46-year-old from Rapid City occasionally runs his hands through his long, dark hair as he shares his story at Essence of Coffee. He never loses eye contact, not even to sip from his cup of hot tea, as he speaks. He is eloquent and warm, smiling often. Despite his easygoing and friendly demeanor, there is a level of intensity in his hazel eyes that suggests this man has depth – that he’s struggled and grown from those struggles. And as he talks, it becomes more clear just how challenging his life has been.

Michael was born in Salinas, California, on Jan. 8, 1971. His mother, Lorna Turgeon, was there on vacation visiting her brother, Greg, when Michael was born. Michael never met his father. He grew up in Minneapolis/St. Paul, International Falls, Minn., and Sioux Falls.

“When I was really little, my mom danced at bars and worked as a waitress,” recalled Michael. “We always lived from meal to meal.”

Read the rest of this story in Summer ’17 FACES


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