Mike Meyer was born in Moline, Illinois, the son of Irene E. Stoit and Emil L. Meyer. He attended Concordia, River Forest from 1961–1965, meeting his future wife, Loralee Klotz, there. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Kevin, Craig, and Christine. During his career, Dad taught at all levels of education, beginning with the first through third grades in Chicago and Philadelphia, then serving seventeen years as English Department Chair and Director of Drama at Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park before pursuing his Ph.D. at Loyola University. After teaching at Concordia University-Wisconsin from 1986–1993, he spent five years overseas at Hong Kong International School. When he returned to the US in 1998, he taught as an adjunct instructor in English at DePaul University and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. An avid Steinbeck scholar, he published widely in both books and journals and, at his death, was still active as Steinbeck's bibliographer.
He was active in local theatre as both a director and actor and enjoyed spending time with his seven grandchildren. He helped inspire numerous generations of aspiring actors and writers, while fostering individuality and mutual respect for one another. His death has been a loss to many, but his legacy will continue through his students, colleagues, and family.