On April 12, 2021, Michael Ford Orton died quietly at home during the dark hours of August 12, 2021. For two years he was treated for melanoma in his legs. A modest person says that he does not always want to carry his family in his old age. However, he turned a blind eye to his 74th birthday.
Mike was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Orange County. After graduating from Orange High School, he earned a degree in ornamental gardening at Glendale College, and went on to become a pharmacist in science courses. Then events unfolded. Prior to the draft, he joined the Navy Reserve and served as a flight attendant in Vietnam. He was a radar, according to him. He won three medals for his service and was praised for his good sense of humor and politeness on board.
After military service, he married Janet Apagar, daughter of Christine. After the wedding, Mike moved to the Bay Area to work on the landscape. He continued his studies in psychology at Sonoma State University. Mike completed all the courses except for his postgraduate studies in psychology. In particular, he has worked for the freedom of the community in Vietnam, where he enjoys advocating for the Vietnamese court. He studied Buddhism in Sodom and became a lifelong meditator.
During his studies, he was a full-time caretaker for Janice Parks, later known as Sonoma State Disability Services. For her part, she met Claris Stasis and, despite her complex problems, became a professor. To the surprise of many, they married and became a stepfather to Kendra Stoll. At the age of forty, they especially enjoyed long journeys (crossing the country often), cultural events, and performances. Equally, they celebrated each other’s activities, such as Mike’s fishing trips and Claris’s research trips.
The couple shared the joy of singing and performed at the Bach Corros, Sinabara Chorale, Petluma Harmors and Marine Opera. When Mike Opera joined the choir, Mike’s career changed. Director Marvin Clebe was also a contractor, so he hired Mike and trained him in carpentry. That incentive led Mike to get the contractor’s permission. He started a business to build improvements and add-ons. With a word of mouth, Mike can create anything that the client can see. The shipwreck he built on the Gulf of Chesapeake survived a hurricane, and the FAA tested his inventions. In later life, back injuries caused him to become successful in construction sales.
When asked what would happen to the perfect day, Mike said: “Drinking coffee with the bike club and my friends. He goes to concerts and plays with my wife. Fishing when I can escape. A bird with my wife. Working at our home. ”
He was the best spouse of a professor. “Mike, can I find a way out?” He was clearly proud of Claris’ publishing and music activities. He taught Christine to catch and release fish and became a huge San Francisco fan of watching games with Kendra. He taught his daughters many skills so that they could be independent, and he constantly comforted them in their troubles.
Mike is one of the founders of the Petaluma Community Theater, as well as a composer. He was as natural as a police officer or a civic officer, endangering his large height and black eyebrows. His best role is “Candide?” Was Pigmi dressed in tight? Or did he give the South Pacific a number of coconut skins and grass skirts? He had the publisher’s fear of abandoning his ego and living in his character.
Mike’s friends remember the man who acted swiftly for personal and collective action. To clean a bad bathroom during a fundraising dinner. To conduct a tractor to clear forest debris at a music camp. Spend days reviewing court reports. To train men’s soccer without children. His moral compass is based on “words, not deeds.” The top of the list was environmental protection. Mike has sometimes served on local and state boards on an unrestricted board. While in Petluma, he met anyone involved in the protection of rivers and wetlands. His next concern since 2010 could be Dura’s Asphalt plant raid on Sholenberger Park.
Mike’s other surviving family were a few from the families of Shirley Demissie and Guy Erskin. Palm Desert’s best friends include Pete and Ri Rei Shikakan. Mike’s large family included the Petaluma Wilman, the Petals, the Monday Morning Coffee Group, the Roberts Street Readers, and the Monday Night Men’s Team.
Mike’s health problems were sudden and unexpected. During further treatment, the family appreciated the extensive medical and counseling services provided by Kaiser and the gentle care of METS from the Petalma Fire Department. Following the fall in July, they are grateful for the guidance from Kaiser Politician Care and Petaluma Hospice. Most of all, they respect his personal health assistant, Lasani, who is proud and loving.
No public services will be provided due to COV restrictions. For interested people, the family can donate memories to friends of the Petaluma River, unlimited trout, Santa Rosa Symphony or any other popular local cause.