Michael M. Preston
Michael Preston passed away peacefully in the comfort of his Marble home on April 4, with his wife Joyce at his side. He will be greatly missed by all of those whose lives he touched and will forever remain with us in our fondest memories and hearts.
Mike was born in Los Angeles, California on Nov. 24, 1936 and grew up in the small Central California town of Alpaugh. He attended College of the Sequoias, San Jose State College and the University of Southern California where he received a Masters degree in Geology. In 1957, he married Joyce Ann Holder. He went on to work at USC in the administration for the next 39 years where he was involved in the design and development of the Main Campus and the Medical Campus and handled many of the University’s real estate gifts until he retired in 1999 and moved to Marble, Colorado.
Mike was an avid fisherman, hunter, hiker and nature lover and fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to Colorado where he could enjoy these activities from his backyard. He taught his family and friends how to enjoy and respect the outdoors. He was known and loved for his long discussions about geology, religion, politics, the meaning of life and most of all, fishing. He was infamous for his ability to catch his limit and yours. His extensive knowledge and desire to educate drew people to him and left a mark on all those who met and loved him.
Mike is survived by his wife Joyce, daughter Kathy and son-in-law Charlie, four granddaughters, Mallory, Rachael, Natalie and Nicole, and brother Robert. He is predeceased by his daughter Diana.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Marble Community Church in Marble, Colorado. A celebration will also be held in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 3. In lieu of flowers, we welcome donations to Heritage Park Care Center, Carbondale Colorado 81623, Valley View Hospital Foundation (for cardiovascular research), Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601, or a charity of your choice.
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