- 25 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 20, 1990
- Date of passing: May 13, 2016
|Let the memory of Michael be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Michael Saldaña Templin, 25, born on July 20, 1990 and passed away on May 13, 2016. We will remember him forever.
Memorial Fund: Michael's family has established a memorial fund in his name in honor of his love of music and film at www.bigthought.org/michael-saldana/.
"My heart is deeply saddened by the news of your passing, Michael. I was not only your nanny but your friend. You and your family loved me unconditionally. I pray peace and love over the family. God bless!
Jinny Martinez Brewer"
"Just added a couple of photos to the gallery. They come from the LAPD officer who investigated Michael's accident with an added comment: Again, I am sorry for your loss. Last night we had a tree trimming event in honor of all the 92 people that lost their lives in collisions in the valley this year. We hung an ornament on the tree with Michael's name on it. My thoughts and prayers are with you this holiday season.
Our son is not forgotten..."
"Dear Saldana,,, I can feel your pain for your loved ones,I am going through the same pain,as my 22 year old son died in motorcycle accident by the fault of other driver on Oct 20,2016 in Irvine,CA..My son was raised in woodland hills, CA and later on we moved to irvine .My son had a great resemblance with your son, after seeing his photo, I could not stop crying..One again, I am so sorry for your loss.We humans are very helpless creature,we have no control over life.God may give you patience.If you like to talk to me to share your feelings,do not hesitate to contact me."
"Attempting to gather words of comfort for your family has been a difficult task. Having a son of my own, I cannot fathom the pain felt by your immense loss. I pray you find comfort in those beautiful memories of him and know his spirit is with you always. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during your first holiday season without Michael."
"I'm very late to this, but am honestly still processing this loss... I was a good friend of Michael's for a time in Los Angeles. There is no single person I know on this earth was more unique, complex and intelligent that he was. Incredibly kind, caring and of such mental capacity it is staggering to comprehend.
Had the privilege to know him closely, work with him, live with him. Was his good friend for just over a year, then we had a falling out. The last time we spoke was Fall 2012. Really hoped our paths would cross again. He had a great impact on my trajectory as a person and in the way I see the world. He was inspiring to know and an empowering presence. I will always remember his sense of humor.
On a seemingly contrary note, I found Michael to have profound, even austere moral standards and to be a very serious person. As goofy as he could be, I don't think this quality of his should be marginalized.
I will do my best to carry his spirit on with me, and keep him in my mind, in my heart. My prayers and thoughts have been going to his family. Wish I could have been at the service, though I'm not sure where it took place.
Please, Michael, rest in peace."
"Michael, we think of you so often -- precious memories for which we are so grateful. We are sustained by the prayers and love of all your friends and family and even total strangers who have you in their hearts, now and forever. We miss you, Sweet Son, but take some comfort in the thought that you now know a perfect peace. 'Love is love is love...now fill the world with music, love and pride.' Mom and Dad"
"Sarah, I just now learned of the loss of your precious son. I am so sorry, my dear friend. My condolences to you and your family. True friendships leave footprints in our hearts and souls."
"Don and Sarah --
I am deeply saddened by the news of your tragic loss. I pray that God will grant you the strength needed to get through this moment in your life. My most sincere condolences. --Velma Bueno"
"Dear Michael, my beloved cousin. Here sending you a very special birthday wish. I hope you are having a blast and throwing the biggest party ever!!! with all the other angles!! I want you to know that even though you are no longer here with us. You will NEVER be forgotten. You will always be a part of our family. Please give a big hug to my beloved brother "Boy" who I miss terribly, and "Momo" and "Popo" Happy birthday little cousin until we all meet again!"
"Sarah & Don, our prayers are with you. There are no words to console the great sadness you must feel. MICHAEL was an extraordinary young man and he left you lots of happy memories of your time together. I pray that those memories will help get you through the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Ophelia Camina & Jim Flegle"
"Sarah and Don, Mary and I were shocked and saddened to learn of your loss. We are so sorry for you both. We know Michael was a very special young man and how much he will be missed. Please know that Mary and I we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Marc and Mary Folladori"
"Sarah & Don, So sorry for the loss of your son Michael. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. Viola Brock & Filberto Chapa"
"Sarah and Don, we are heartbroken to learn of this loss. We are so very sorry. Your family is in our prayers. Paula and Tom Kurth"
"Sarah and Don,
Holly and I have had both of you in our thoughts and prayers. I am praying for peace and comfort for both of you. We look forward to sharing joyful memories of Michael with you."
"Don & Sarah, We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for
you and your family. May God bring you peace & comfort during
this very difficult time. Larry & Joanne Gaydos"
"Michael lived life on his own terms full of curiosity and music. The heavens weep with all who loved him here but celebrate his bright talented fun filled life."
"Sarah and Don, we just learned of your son's tragic accident. Shelley and I are so sorry, and your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Bill and Shelley Strock"
"Dear Sarah & Family,
I thank my God for every precious remembrance of you.
I sadly know the unspeakable pain you are feeling and my heart is so full of love and sadness for you. Try to keep your focus on the great joy and happiness that Michael brought you and what a beautiful son he was and always will be. And know that NO ONE can take better care of him eternally than our Heavenly Father.
May God be with you and surround you each with His tenderness and mercy.
Brenda Dodd Knowles"
"Director Saldana and family, my deepest condolences to your family-I'm so sorry. My heart goes out to you, losing a dear, dear child. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dana Moore"
"Don and Sarah, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son, Michael. May his soul forever walk with God. Look for him in every hummingbird, butterfly, and ladybug. May he always send you signs that he is with you in everything that he loved most. Warmest wishes and prayers. Jennifer Bauer"
"I never met MIchael...but as a mom I share in the sadness. There are no words of comfort for this sorrow and no replacement for this loss...but there are memories and I pray that your family be strengthened in this time. My prayers are with you."
Deepest condolences from the Provenzano Family. I hope that you feel the love and support of a huge community of people, near and far, to help lift you up during this time. - Julie and Frank"
"I am so very sorry for the loss of your son. I wish this pain on no one. You are about to walk in one of the deepest sorrows of your life. Prayers for you and your family. David looks like a great kid."
"I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I know the feeling you are going through, because I experienced this with my mother with the passing of my brother. You have the memories to cherish. My prayers are with you and your family."
"Don and Sarah,
Sending love and light your way in each and every moment. I feel so grateful deep in my heart and soul to have met your family and grown up with such wonderful people in a beautiful, loving environment. As I think back, words cannot express what your family means to me.
Michael is a special guy and as kids we were the best of friends. I remember so vividly laughing and smiling uncontrollably when I was in his presence. We were pretty silly, but it was Michael's mission to spread joy to others because he understood early how it made them feel. He will be missed dearly, but know that he is lived on through everyone he has touched in this life, including me, my family, the whole LL community and beyond. Thank you.
I love you and see you soon,
"Sarah and Don: I just heard the heartbreaking news of Michael's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Even though I only knew Michael when he was very young, I smile when I think of him. He had such a great smile. I know you will treasure the wonderful memories of your sweet son!"
"To Director Saldaña,
I am deeply saddened by the loss of your son Michael. When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. Sylvia Solis"
"Sarah and Don, my thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss."
"Everything reminds me of you, my heads been a melting pot of emotions.. I smile, I cry, I feel lost yet motivated.. Honestly bro..those last few memories we had late april / early may will be the best i ever have, You changed the quality of my life sevenfold. I'll never forget nearly peeing ourselves laughing in the garage, the inside jokes, the deep conversations late at night, i miss how much fun we would have with the little things. You taught me many valuable lessons & I'm gonna do all i can to make you proud Michael. Save me a spot up there Goose."
"Mr. and Mrs. Saldana and family,
My heart goes out to you and your family. I lost my brother when we were very young and to this day I look to the sky and wave to him!! I hope you and your family do the same to Michael. The Lord has a special job that only Michael (named after the bravest Angel of all) could do. Our children and pets are on loan and now he is home with his heavenly family. He's just away.....
Your ICE and DHS family's prayers and thoughts are with you during this trying time. Angie Applegate"
"Our condolences for your great loss. We hope you find some comfort knowing that we're thinking of you and at your service."
"May you find strength together and know that Michael will always live in your hearts. My condolences and prayers are with you."
"To Director Saldaña and family:
I am deeply saddened to learn of your loss. I hope you are comforted by knowing that many folks at your agency care about you. God bless you and cherish the memories, they will live on forever in your heart. Rose Matthews"
"Love you a lot Michael. You were a true friend when I needed you most, and helped form a part of who I am. I always knew we'd reconnect sometime, and now wish that had happened sooner. I'm lucky to have known you and will never forget our time together."
"Sarah and Don - our hearts go out to you. I have so many wonderful memories of your handsome boy. The picture of a boy and his beagle. Michael playing under our dining room table with our dogs. We sorely miss his sweet and kind soul."
"Shock, disbelief and deep sadness is what I am feeling since I heard the news. My heart is with you and Michael (somewhere over that colorful rainbow in the sky).
"The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here?
Let me know the way."
With much love,
"My condolences and sympathy are with the family at this difficult time. Please take comfort in knowing Michael has left an infinite impact on this world and will never be forgotten.
Weep not for me though I have gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul's sweet fight
I am at peace, my soul's at rest
There is no need for tears
For with your love I was so blessed
For all those many years
There is no pain, I suffer not
The fear is now all gone
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life
~ Eternal Light and Rest~"
"Don & Sarah, my heart weeps for your loss. No words of consolation are adequate to ease your pain. Just know that I love you dearly, send you good energy, and I'm here to assist in any way at any time. Un gran abrazo y besos."
"Thank you Michael for loving my son Juan Bueno so much you will be always in our hearts LOVE ALWAYS"
"Dear Sarah & Don,
Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
"I was saddened very much by this tragic event. You have my deep condolences.
"Sarah and Don,
We are terribly saddened by hearing of your loss of Michael. Though it has been quite a while since we saw him last, my memory of Michael is of an intelligent, thoughtful, and creative young man. I fondly recall Cub Scout meetings with him and you, Sarah, in the Lamplighter barn. You and your family are in our thoughts. Maura, Pat, and Patrick Neligan"
"Sarah and Don--
There really aren't words. I remember Michael as a bright-eyed little boy so many years ago, and I know he grew into a lovely young man. I send you my love and best thoughts."
"Dear Sarah and Don,
Our hearts are heavy and we are so very sorry for your loss. We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Rebecca and John Greenan"
"Sarah and Don, I hope that one day we can listen to Michael's music together and treasure the gifts he bequeathed to us. Know that we love you, are there for you, and honor Michael's memory with you. With much love, Nina and Bob"
"To the Templin Saldana Family,
I remember your beautiful son, Michael, as a smart and caring fourth grade boy. He was such a joy to have in our Lamplighter class. I am so very sorry for your loss. Love, Marty Melton"
"Sarah and Don,
In our neighborhood, I remember MIchael as shy, but thoughtful, and a polite young gentleman."
"Don and Sarah,
May the Lord, our Savior give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Please accept my most heart felt condolences."
"I have no words that can do justice to the sorrow for the Saldaña and Templin families. I have been so saddened for my longtime friends and they have and will continue to be in my prayers. ❤️
"I've struggled to find the words, but there are none. Only that I love you both and hope that as your friend I can provide some measure of comfort and support.
Much love, Staci"
"No words can express the heartfelt sorrow you are experiencing Sarah and Don. I too, have suffered unexpected loss and understand how difficult this must be. I encourage you to be strong during these tough times and know, God is in control.
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower-Psalm 18:2
Peace be to you, your family and to your beloved son Michael.
"Don and Sarah, I know your hearts are broken. Your wonderful memories of Michael will help the healing. I know that he loved you both very much and loved being loved by his family. Martha and Ken Geel"
"Sarah and Don,
Our hearts are broken. Know that we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers.
Mary Louise and David Hopson"
"Sarah and Don, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Sarah was pregnant with Michael - we both worked at Baker Botts. I watched Michael grow from a baby to an inquisitive toddler and then a young man. He was a brilliant and handsome young man. I know you have many beautiful memories that you will carry in your heart. I pray that God wraps you in his arms to comfort you and that he gives you peace in the days and weeks to come."
"Dear michael, you are in our thoughts and always in our hearts. Nothing i can say will bring you back. I can only hope that you have gone to a far better place than this! somewhere you can find peace, relaxation n maybe a girlfriend. when you get there, they ask you how heaven was and it makes you think, if that was heaven "it coulda been better." Thats cause it is. So just grab a spot on the most comfortable couch in the universe layback and enjoy. were all gonna be with you soon, I love you Michael"
"I used to be carpool buddies with Michael at Lamplighter. Those are still, and will always be, some of my favorite memories going to and from school and playing with the Beagle at his house. My heart goes out to Don and Sarah at this terrible time. I cannot imagine the pain but I will continuously pray for God to heal. My family will miss you Michael, the world is a better place because you were in it."
"Sarah and Don, Jill and I are saddened beyond words to hear this tragic news. We are praying for peace right now and sending our love. "Give me a stout heart to bear my own burdens. Give me a willing heart to bear the burdens of others. Give me a believing heart to cast all burdens upon Thee.""
"Dearest Sarah & Don, my heart breaks for both of you. There are no right words to express how sorry I am for the loss of your dear son. Michael was such a JOY!!! I remember him growing up with Luis and all the “goofy” things these two did!!!! I still remember how he used to ask me every time he was home with us “Can you make me your special Oreo Milkshake?” Still to this day when I fix one, I remember him. Michael was such a Blessing to all of those around him!! I know our entire family holds a very special place in our hearts for all of you. Michael will always be remembered fondly. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Rosemarie Lajara & Family."
"Don and Sarah, With sad hearts, we write sending blessings, much love and an abundance of prayers for Michael, for Mom and Dad and for the entire community of Michael's family and friends as you mourn the loss and celebrate the life of your baby boy, Michael. We do pray your comfort, your strength and your peace through this most difficult time. Let your hurting heart be assured that blessed is Michael, pure in heart, for he is resting with God...
Don & T. J. Johnson"
"Don and Sarah,
With much sadness, we extend our condolences to both of you and your families on the tragic loss of MIchael. We are praying the God will give your the courage and strength to endure your loss. May Michael rest in peace. Do not hesitate to call us if we can be of any help. Richard and America Lopez and family.( Belinda Ann, Ricky and Jimmy)"
"So very sorry to read of the tragic loss of your precious son.
The Bibles hope can help your family get through this very dark time.
Jesus well knew the Bible statement:" Time and unforeseen occurrence befall them Ecclesiastes 9:11]. He knew that
sometimes bad things just happen.
The Bible teaches us about the wonderful future resurrection hope is the promise found at John 5:28,29.
Revelation 21:3,4 states that in the future ' death will be no more. and pain
will be no more, the former things will have passed away.'
Our Creator, Jehovah God, by means of his son Jesus, is going to undo the tragedies that touch our lives today and we will be able to welcome back onto the paradise earth, our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death.
There is much Bible-based comfort to be found on jw.org"
"Dearest Don,Sarah, and family,
It is with the deepest sorrow that I write this note to remember sweet little Michael. It is with a heavy heart that I am writing but with the memory of your sweet dear son. I still have his picture from Prek Lamplighter and I will pull it out tomorrow and remember.
"Sarah, I was so sorry to learn about your son's death and I know that words will not lessen your grief. However, I do know that during these difficult times, it helps to know there are friends who are praying for you and your family. I am sending prayers for strength and healing to you, Don, and your entire family. lbt"
"Don & Sarah, there's no words to console but just to let both of you know we are praying for your loss and we feel your hurt. May God give both of you comfort and hope, that one day we will see him again. We had the pleasure to meet him. Edward and Maricela Munoz"
"Sarah and Don, I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Tim Funnell"
"My heart breaks for you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. May the strength of your faith and the support of your friends, family and colleagues help keep you comforted."
"Sara and Don....I am so sorry for your loss. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Don't loose site of God...He has a purpose for us all. Jovonia Goetz and family"
"Don and Sarah, Angela and I would like to express our condolences to you and your family. We are so very sorry for your loss. Just know that God has a purpose in all that he does. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give to you; do not let your heart be troubled; nor let it be fearful." John 14:27.
Rick and Angela Calvert"
"I'm so sorry to read about the loss of your son, Michael. Please know that you are both in my prayers and may you both be comforted in your time of mourning. May God Bless and Comfort you. Amen."
"Sarah and Don . . . Please accept my families deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. There is nothing that we can say that will ease the pain . . . but please know that that we are praying for y'all. With deepest symphathy, George and Doris Leal."
"Dear Don and Sarah, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family....and may Michael rest in eternal peace. Bendiciones.....Carmen y Jaime Ramon"
"Don and Sarah, just heard of the tragic news about Michael. We are so very sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family, we hope that your loving memories will give you some comfort. Blessings, Diana & Barry Christensen"
"Dear Sarah and Don. I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May Michael rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him."
""Don and Sarah ,I am so sorry for your loss ! Last night as Cindy and I spoke about why did this have to happen !I shared a message from my little cousin before he passed away.Cindy shared! that Sarah said, he looked so beautiful and at peace.Well it came to me that as we ask for the rest of our lives to our Lord WHY !!! When we ourselves arrive in his presence .The only response will come from Michael, ARE YOU KIDDING ME I'M IN HEAVEN !!!! JESUS WILL JUST SMILE !!!!! We that love and miss you will see you soon Michael ."
"Sarah & Don, I am so sorry for your loss. May Michael soar with the angels. God be with you. There are many who are praying for you.
Karen (Hirschman) Larsen"
"While there are no words that can ease your sorrow, may the memories of your son's, Michael, exceptional and talented life bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. May God grant you strength, peace and grace as you draw on the love and support of those around who were touched by him."
"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time."
"Dear Don and Sarah.
I did not know Michael but we have probably waved at each other out on the road. His face looks familiar so I think i've seen his smile somewhere near the roads we both ride. I rode up Topanga that very night a few blocks away on my way home. I'm so sorry for your loss. Micheal looked like a wonderful young man.
My sincere condolences
"Dear Sarah and Don, I'm hurting bad for you. So shocked and sorry about this tragic loss. I'm thinking of you and hope to see you soon. Much love and hugs to you both."
"Dear Sarah and Family,
Sarah, I know it has been a long time since we worked together, but I will always remember our time together practicing law and having small children. I was so sad to see this news and will be praying for your comfort during this terrible tragedy.
Jennifer Burr Altabef"
"Aunt Sarah and Uncle Don there are no words to express the sadness and hurt our family is feeling at this time. The loss of someone dear to us is never easy, but may you take comfort in the fact that you are surrounded by people that love and care for you, may our cousin and your beloved son Micheal live forever in our hearts and memories. We love you all. Selina, Jesse and kids!
"What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch. We may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you've passed, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget"
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very sad and tragic time. - The Gannon Family"
"Praying that the peace of Christ carry you during this difficult time. You will be in my daily prayers."
"Don and Sarah,
I am heartbroken for you and your family. Though it has been many years since Supora and Michael played together I remember him as a wonderful kid and so very smart! You are both in my thoughts . Robin Brown and Supora Carr"
"So very sorry for the tragic loss of Michael. May your precious memories carry you through this time of mourning. God Bless and keep each of you. Laurie and Craig Hannah, Wagener, SC"
"Our heart breaks for the lost of this incredible young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his mother and father, Sarah Saldana and Don Templin and family. As the Greeks say, "May Michael's Memory be eternal".....Love Christina & Helen Yampanis"
"Love you Michael, I hope you are at peace, or better yet, on the ultimate adventure. Everyone is is thinking about you and sending their prayers."
"Don and Sarah, we read of your tragic loss while traveling and are so very sorry. We hope you will be comforted by the closeness of friends and family and the memories you will always carry. Ron and Sharon Brown"
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