Mickie Zekley, founder of Lark Camp, died October 28, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we tell you of Mickie Zekley’s death from pneumonia very early in the morning on Friday, October 28. We are especially sad that after 3 years of hiatus related to the pandemic, we won’t be able to see him at in-person camp in 2023. Many people are posting memories and condolences on Facebook.

For those of you who don’t know this history, Mickie founded Lark Camp in 1979. For many years, Mickie also ran Lark in the Morning, an instrument store with locations in Mendocino, San Francisco and Seattle that boasted an exhaustive catalog of instruments from around the world. Mickie named the camp after the store, and then when the store sold, simplified the name to what we call it now—Lark Camp. You can read about some of Mickie’s exploits as a street musician here.

We look forward to being at Lark Camp together in 2023, to share our grief and memories of Mickie and take comfort in each other’s camaraderie. We are forever grateful for the musical magic of Lark Camp that Mickie created.