ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our dad, John Michael Reidenbach. Mike is survived by his siblings Sandy, Patty, and Jim, his wife Patty, his three children Peter, David, and Sarah, his seven grandchildren Finley, Fisher, Joe, Dane, Samantha, Kelly, and Maisie, and his beloved cat, Stinky. Mike excelled at giving and taking care of others. Raised in Berkeley by parents Nancy Gilliland and John Reidenbach, Mike was the oldest of four children and went on to excel academically at Stanford and Hastings Law, and professionally at the Alameda District Attorney’s office, as legal counsel at Pacific Gas & Electric for over 40 years, through his self-built insurance company that he ran alongside his son, by becoming a published author, as a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and by serving as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves for several decades. Mike was an Eagle Scout and valedictorian. He treasured collaborating with his BNI friends at their weekly meetings. He was at his happiest rowing a boat on a family vacation at the lake. He was a family man who spent a lifetime trying to do better and better, so he could take care of his family and friends better and better. He strived, worked, and dreamed every day of his life, while also finding time for lifting weights, starting businesses, and being Scotty's body double in a Star Trek movie. Mike especially loved his grandkids, and we will always remember him holding them in his arms as babies, goofing off with and cuddling them as toddlers, and taking pride in giving them thoughtful gifts on every occasion. He lived with the extraordinary enrichment that comes from a generous heart. We are thankful that, after a life of hustle, our dad finally gets to rest. Due to the pandemic, his service will be private but a celebration will be planned for the future. We encourage you to celebrate him in your own way; a glass of red or an act of unsolicited kindness would be appropriate. Please leave your memories and condolences on this website for us all to share. 

Donations can be made in his honor to the nonprofit that he sat on the board of: The Cohen Bray house and the Victorian Preservation Center at: 

https://www.cohenbrayhouse.org

Our family spent Christmas at this historic home every year. 

Mike was exceptional, accomplished, devoted, and very loved. Rest in peace, Pops. Thank you for everything that you have done for us. We love you so much, and we’ll take care of Stinky.



Posted by Andrew Cordone on December 2, 2021
On the anniversary of Mike's passing, I wanted to extend my continued condolences to his family. I pray for their continued comfort from God as they adjust to such a big loss. I added another Story of how good it was working with Mike I think you will enjoy. God bless.
Posted by Evangeline Buell on June 9, 2021
Young Michael was a great inspiration to me, especially with his mother Nan my close and wonderful friend, gave me great appreciation for the Cohen Bray House. I admired him for all his accomplishments.
With Peace and love for Michael
Vangie Buell
Posted by John Aviani on March 10, 2021
Mike was my neighbor growing up, they lived two doors away. Even though he was 5 years older than me, he would play catch and hit baseballs with me all the time. When the Giants moved to SF his grandfather arranged for a church group to attend a game at Seal Stadium before Candlestick was built. Mike invited me to attend with the group! I was TOTALLY thrilled, a fantastic memory, my very first major league game! I always appreciated Mike's willingness to play with me and his kindness through the years. he was like having a wonderful older brother. RIP Mike, I've always had the fondest memories of you.
Posted by Bruce Rosen on March 7, 2021
Mike was my patrol leader in Boy Scouts, Troop 7 (1958/59), and neighbor in Berkeley in the early 60's. He was the most competent patrol leader ever. Our patrol, the Flying Eagles (the Fleagles), almost always won the prize for best patrol at Camp Sawmill due to Mike's management expertise, which included having the safest fire pit in California and the most-available water bucket.
Condolences to family.
Posted by Saundra Jackson on March 2, 2021
Just learning of Mike’s transition. What a beautiful way you have remembered and shared him with us. My sincere condolences and prayers for you all. I worked with him for many years at PG&E, and knew him to be just as you have described—a very generous and caring spirit. He would be happy to know one of my four sons graduated from Law School. We all share good memories of him. May God bless JMR’s family.
Posted by Andrew Cordone on February 17, 2021
My condolences to all of Mike's family.

I worked with Mike for a few years at PG&E, a long time ago, and was very saddened to learn of his passing. We did not keep in touch over the years but I always remembered how great he was to work with. The introductory tribute and pictures tell the story of what an amazing person Mike was. I know you were blessed by him, but it's obvious how blessed he was with all of you also. You enriched his life with the things that really matter.

May God comfort and keep you in His love.

Posted by Hāna Finley on January 8, 2021
Pops was the most selfless person and I am so grateful for everything he sacrificed for me.
Posted by Gerrie Walker on January 6, 2021
Mike lived for those he loved and those he loved remembered.

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Posted by Andrew Cordone on December 2, 2021
On the anniversary of Mike's passing, I wanted to extend my continued condolences to his family. I pray for their continued comfort from God as they adjust to such a big loss. I added another Story of how good it was working with Mike I think you will enjoy. God bless.
Posted by Evangeline Buell on June 9, 2021
Young Michael was a great inspiration to me, especially with his mother Nan my close and wonderful friend, gave me great appreciation for the Cohen Bray House. I admired him for all his accomplishments.
With Peace and love for Michael
Vangie Buell
Posted by John Aviani on March 10, 2021
Mike was my neighbor growing up, they lived two doors away. Even though he was 5 years older than me, he would play catch and hit baseballs with me all the time. When the Giants moved to SF his grandfather arranged for a church group to attend a game at Seal Stadium before Candlestick was built. Mike invited me to attend with the group! I was TOTALLY thrilled, a fantastic memory, my very first major league game! I always appreciated Mike's willingness to play with me and his kindness through the years. he was like having a wonderful older brother. RIP Mike, I've always had the fondest memories of you.
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Mike having fun preparing Farley for CPUC testimony

Shared by Andrew Cordone on December 2, 2021
I'm adding another picture that shows Mike's great sense of humor. Preparing for the Helms CPUC Hearings was long, hard work and a lot was at stake. Despite all the pressure, Mike would often lighten things up a bit to have little fun. This picture shows Mike playfully scolding Bob Farley (PG&E's Helms Project Superintendent) while preparing him to testify. With Mike's great preparation, Bob did a fantastic job defending PG&E's management of the Helms Project. 

Friends Through Adversity

Shared by Andrew Cordone on February 17, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Mike for a few years at PG&E, way back in the early 1980's.  We did not keep in touch over the years but I never forgot how amazing it was to work with him.
I was a young engineer working on the Helms Hydro Project in the Sierras outside of Fresno, and Mike was the attorney assigned to defend the Project against allegations of imprudent expenditures by the State Attorney General and CPUC. I was assigned to help Mike with the Company's defense. Mike did a masterful job leading the effort and we ultimately proved that substantially all of the costs were justified, about $800 million!
Mike was very smart, wise, tenacious, thorough, inspirational, and more. We worked hard, long hours for months, it was a huge challenge. Mike was always supportive and appreciative of everyone's effort on the team.  His leadership kept us motivated, he was great to work with, and the outcome was very gratifying.
I think it says a lot about Mike that I have such fond memories even after so many years.
Rest in peace my friend.