- 76 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 23, 1937
- Place of birth:
South Gate, California, United States
- Date of passing: Dec 9, 2013
- Place of passing:
Capitola, California, United States
|Let the memory of Mike be with us forever|
"Mikey – thinking of you today with sadness at your passing and laughter at memories of our childhood. I was like a little puppy dog, sitting beside you just waiting for you to pat my head and say “good girl, good girl.” You were always so helpful, like the times you showed me the best places to hide when playing hide-and-go-seek. No one ever found me. Of course later in life I realized everyone had gone on to play something else. You shared your extensive knowledge of survival with me, like when you had me sneak into the house and steal potatoes. We’d go to the vacant lot next door, you would show me how to dig a hole, put a fire in it, rub mud all over the potatoes, and throw them into the hole to cook. Made for yummy eating. How about the great water fights, cans connected with string (our cell phones) so we could talk to each other at night between our bedrooms, me turning the lights off on you when you were emptying the garbage into the garbage can behind the garage, etc. . . . . Who could have had more fun with their brother than me? I miss you terribly but am thankful for my wonderful loving memories. They soften the ache."
"My best memories of Mike are: his twinkling & infectious smile! His generosity, charisma, good looks, athletic abilities & build. He was a super father & grandfather. He shined as the epitome of "cool" and was extremely smart & business savy! He loved people and everyone loved him too! Mike you will be soooo... Missed, may God Bless you & keep you - until we meet again! Xoxoxo"
"Happy Birthday Mike,
It was a great team that you formed at Haley Fire Protection. As a owner it was always nice of you to join in on all of the activities after work in the shop. What a laugh and a smile you have. After sending you a note about me hitting 25 years in the trade I really appriciated your thank you note back and the kind words about me being your first and best apprentice! Giving back to us made it easier to go on daily. Chris and Scott, we grew up together while at work. Scott it was nice to get to work with you again and talk about the old days and the health of Mike. Candice, I know Mike is still in your heart and your memories, remember that he is in many others prayers also.
"Our heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Haley family on Mike's passing, and particularly to our dear friend Kelly, from the Leadership Evergreen Class of 2013 - Kate Bober, Tupper Briggs, Cindy Detlefs, John Erlandson, Nancy Grant, Lisa Hamm-Greenawalt, Mark Hayes, Tarah Howard, Kappy Kling, Denise Patrick, Pandora Reagan, Donna Reardon, Kevin Ruble, Colleen Skates and Sharon Trilk."
"Mike you always made me feel so warm and welcome in your home one of the nicest guys ever! And thanks for sharing your love of cycling with Cris and Scott and all of us, such a positive influence on the world,"
"Although we went to the same Junior and Senior high schools, I remember only seeing you at the bicycle racks in Jr. high……that bright red hair caught my eye! We didn’t have classes together or “hang” with the same people until after we graduated. Just think how prophetic it was seeing you among all those bikes, when cycling would become such a big part of your life. Later on all three of our children, Cris, Scott and Kelly would become interested in biking, also.
You were a wonderful, caring father to them and helped so much when they were little, and later on in Scouting. In fact, it was through Scouting in Saratoga, CA, that you became interested in biking because an older fellow (he must have been in what, his 50s???) was biking so well you took it up.
I remember the pleasure you had in taking Kelly to the Father-Daughter Dances and the two of you putting up the Christmas lights on the house each year…..don’t know where Scott and Cris were! Camping and water-skiing were fun-filled times. Later, we would have three grandsons, Ryan, Zachary and Chase…..and then Zachary and Joy gave us two great-grandsons, Seth and Noah.
The years pass quickly and we are reminded how each day is a precious gift that we should use wisely to express our love and appreciation of one another and those friends we hold dear. You will be missed, but not forgotten."
"Your Kind & Loving Heart & Mind has left this World today. How can a lifetime be put into words of Love and Devotion. The last hour we had, not seeing you breath or hearing your heart beating anymore we will share forever.
If Tears Could Build A Stairway, And Memories A Lane, I'd Walk Right Up To Heaven And Bring You Home Again.
"Scott, my thoughts are with you and your family. You are good friend.
"I knew Mike when I was a child, he was my older cousin, I liked him because he was kind to me. Lots of memories from throughout my life and my experiences with Mike have made me appreciate the time spent in his presence. It was always pleasurable and fun."
"What an honor to have known you Mike; so many wonderful memories from the Haley Engineering days, I will always remember your happy smile!"
"Hey, Mike! Thank you for my FIRST real job, ever. Your Team at Orvin Engineering taught me how to work hard, have fun and be responsible. I'll never forget those days. I think I made $2.85 per hour and was thrilled. Just know that you touched many lives. I'll be seeing you again some day. Rest in Peace. ~ Katy (also a neighbor)"
"Our greatest loss is not spending enough time with our west coast family -- we dp treasure the few times together. May you be at peace with Mike's passing - it will leave a big void forever. But remember, grief will pass when your memories bring a smile to your face instead of a tear to your eye. Our love and sympathy, Charlie and Dixie Patterson, Wimberley Tx."
"Going to miss mountain biking with you"
"My most vivid memory of my Uncle Mike was the first time Aunt Pat brought him to Arizona to the ranch. My sister, Susan, cousin Bev and i were peering out the window as they drove in. Here came a suped-up, Chevy (i think) that was so low to the ground it barely made it over the dirt road. We were absolutely swooning over how COOL he was and I've never lost that feeling. He lived his life with gusto and had fun. The way it should be. He will be greatly missed by all of us here in Arizona."
"I treasure memories of times together, from South Gate to the beach in Port Ludlow. ~ the twinkle in your eye, your sense of humor ~ you have a piece of my heart, dear cousin!"
"so many of my happiest memories included u, cuz....just hope u were aware of the existence of all this love when u were alive...."
"No one had a better or more loved and adored brother than you. You have filled my life with sunshine and your passing has left a hole in it that can't be filled.
"Fly, fly little wing
Fly where only Angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light.""
"We will miss you and love you forever!"
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