Born: August 05, 1942
Died: June 06, 2012
Before his passing on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Mike Cavenee forged a 69-year-old trail of hard work, good fun, and helping others.
Usually Mike could be found in his garage, likely working on an engine for a friend, crafting a fixture for his home, or creating a bigger and better gadget. He took pride in his work both at home and in his profession as a transportation maintenance specialist.
Most of the years raising his six children were spent in Buena Park, where Mike was a well-loved baseball coach and involved in his community with the Buena Park Noon Lions and the Buena Park Historical Society. The Cavenee house was second home to dozens of kids. Some of the best memories of the neighborhood kids centered around Mike’s spectacular Halloween maze and weekly ice cream pig outs.
As a younger man, Mike enjoyed pestering his beloved older sister, Ann, and antagonizing his younger brother, Greg. He was adept at playing the accordion and had many fond memories of high school football and truck driving.
Mike enjoyed the outdoors, reading, history, spending time at his cabin in Big Bear, and his skill at the barbecue was second to none. His humor was unforgettable, and those who knew him could recite his punchlines, but no one could match his delivery.
He is survived by his wife, Diane (Dee); his children, DeAnn, Michael, Anthony (Erica), Eric (Kara), Amanda, and Alex. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Kyle, Fallon, Kristina, Sara, Katie, Luke, Natalya, Landon, and Wyatt , father, George; his niece Roxanne, nephew Jeff, and friends who thought the world of him.
A celebration of life will be held at the Cavenee home on June 10, 2012, at 3 PM at 2300 Hartford Avenue, Fullerton, CA. Later this summer, the family will be visiting Lake Powell, one of Mike’s favorite spots, which will be Mike’s final resting place.