Let the memory of Michael be with us forever
  • 25 years old
  • Born on July 20, 1990 .
  • Passed away on May 13, 2016 .

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/

Posted by Francisca Parra on 3rd August 2018
Michael you are always in our hearths,we went to Oregon and you where in our conversations for a long time,it was a long trip. Good Memories. Sarah & Don you are always on our minds God Bless you.
Posted by Cindy Saldana on 20th July 2018
Happy Birthday, in Heaven above. I miss you my little cousin and will always cherish our special conversations we shared in Washington DC. Never in a million yrs did I think that would be the last. Aunt Sarah and Uncle Don, my thoughts and prayers are with today, and always. Always Loved, Forever Missed. Mom sends her love as well.
Posted by Sarah Saldana on 20th July 2018
I found this article as I reflected on Michael’s birth 28 years ago today: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/well/family/loving-my-son-after-his-death.amp.html It is extraordinary how closely it parallels my experience these last 2+ years. Perhaps it would be obvious to others but it has taken me this long to appreciate the fact that my love for Michael did not die with him. It has brought me extraordinary solace. As the writer and mother writes, “I will carry this child for the rest of my life. He lives within me, forever a young man of 22...I still search for him, but without desperation.”
Posted by Ando Pashalyan on 20th July 2018
You are always in our thoughts, my family is always thinking of you. We will cherish the moments we had together. Miss you brother.
Posted by Gus Hinojosa on 20th July 2018
We we’re blessed to have Michael in our lives. Warm memories of him today , on his birthday. His spirit will be with us always.
Posted by Francisca Parra on 4th June 2018
Siempre recordandote con amor & carino Michael, gracias por haber sido parte importante en nuestra vida,siempre te recordaremos.
Posted by C Mustafa on 13th May 2018
Sending my condolences to the Saldaña-Templin family today. Mother’s Day will be a special day today to remember how this title bestowed upon you by Michael’s existence in your life has become ever so deep as your guardian angel. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Michael, and your family who misses you dearly.
Posted by Cindy Saldana on 13th May 2018
Two years ago today, was the saddest day when we lost you Michael. Still too painful and so surreal. You will Forever live in our Hearts. Always and Forever my beloved little cousin. Till we all meet again. Happy Mother’s Day Aunt Sarah, I know this must be a difficult day but remember all the wonderful memories and what a blessing Michael was. Sending tons of hugs your way. My thoughts and prayers are always with you and uncle Don, Love,Cindy Saldana.❤️❤️
Posted by David Saldana on 13th May 2018
Memories are powerful. Grateful for those we share of Michael. They can cause tears or laughter but mostly they are healing and soothing. Thanks Michael for being part of our lives. You’re always in our thoughts.
Posted by Cindy Saldana on 20th July 2017
Michael, thinking of you on your special day. Wishing you a wonderful birthday in heaven. Until we all meet again to celebrate, my sweet little cousin. Always in our hearts and never forgotten. Thinking of you uncle Don & aunt Sarah and sending you both tons of hugs. Love you both.
Posted by David Saldana on 20th July 2017
So many hugs missed. So many "I love you" missed. However, forever grateful for the memories and this memorial and the wonderful tribute to you, Michael. Always on our thoughts. Sarah and Don, we love you.
Posted by C Mustafa on 20th July 2017
Saldaña Family, Although I can only offer my condolences and prayers, I hope that as each day goes by, your heart becomes convinced Michael is with you always. If you pay close attention, you'll see the signs.
Posted by Monica Saldana on 20th July 2017
Happy birthday in Heaven to my handsome baby cousin. Your family still loves you, Michael and carries your memory in our hearts every day. Also thinking of Sarah and Don on this special day. I miss you sweet boy.
Posted by Rosemarie Lajara on 20th July 2017
Remembering you on this special day! Love Rosemarie & Luis
Posted by Francisca Parra on 20th July 2017
Sarah & Don les mando un fuerte abrazo en este dia especial siempre recordando a Michael con mucho AMOR!!
Posted by Ed Saldaña on 20th July 2017
Happy Birthday, cousin. Tonight we saw beautiful pics of your trip with the family to Mazatlan....We'll be there soon. Thinking of you.
Posted by Brenda Knowles on 17th May 2017
May your hearts continue to find comfort in all the precious memories of your beloved Michael. God be with you and give you peace. Brenda Dodd Knowles
Posted by Francisca Parra on 13th May 2017
Remembering Michael with much Love he will forever remembered LOVE ALWAYS!!
Posted by Tyler McReynolds on 29th April 2017
I have been looking everywhere for a picture of Michael and I together - so far I have only been able to find one and I uploaded it to the gallery. Not an amazing pic (and Michael is in the middle of drinking a coke) but it’s what I’ve got so far! :) If anyone happens to have a picture of Michael and I together, I would really love to have one. I’m still looking and will post other pics if I'm able to find any. Miss him every day.
Posted by Jinny Brewer on 14th January 2017
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
Posted by Sarah Saldana on 21st December 2016
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...
Posted by Abid Qureshi on 28th November 2016
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.
Posted by C Mustafa on 14th November 2016
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.
Posted by Jeffrey Reeser on 8th November 2016
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.
Posted by Sarah Saldana on 1st November 2016
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
Posted by Berta Tamez on 5th August 2016
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.
Posted by Velma Bueno on 21st July 2016
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
Posted by Cindy Saldana on 20th July 2016
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!
Posted by Ophelia Camina on 16th July 2016
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
Posted by Marc Folladori on 12th July 2016
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
Posted by Viola Nevares Brock on 8th July 2016
Sarah & Don, So sorry for the loss of your son Michael. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family. Viola Brock & Filberto Chapa
Posted by Paula Kurth on 28th June 2016
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
Posted by Phillip Philbin on 21st June 2016
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.
Posted by Joanne Gaydos on 20th June 2016
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
Posted by Jan Sanders on 19th June 2016
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.
Posted by Bill Strock on 3rd June 2016
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
Posted by Brenda Knowles on 31st May 2016
Dear Sarah & Family, I thank my God for every precious remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3 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
Posted by Julie Provenzano on 27th May 2016
Sarah, 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
Posted by Gloria Alfonso on 27th May 2016
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.
Posted by Jennifer Bauer on 27th May 2016
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
Posted by Dana Moore on 27th May 2016
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
Posted by Laura Wilkerson on 25th May 2016
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.
Posted by David Smart on 24th May 2016
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, David
Posted by Tonia Tanner on 24th May 2016
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.
Posted by Sylvia Solis on 23rd May 2016
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
Posted by Jennifer Sieb on 23rd May 2016
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!
Posted by Alex Lewis on 23rd May 2016
Sarah and Don, my thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.
Posted by Danesh Tabrizi on 22nd May 2016
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.
Posted by Miguel Ramirez on 20th May 2016
Our condolences for your great loss. We hope you find some comfort knowing that we're thinking of you and at your service.
Posted by Angie Applegate on 20th May 2016
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

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