Mike Mansell, Class of ’65, passed away peacefully last Saturday, June 23, 2018 at home in Fullerton, CA, after many years of fighting cancer.
Mike’s family moved from Iowa to Roberta Street, in Fullerton, in 1958. In his first year in Fullerton he attended 6th grade at Orangethorpe Elementary School, and then went on to Nicolas Junior High, Sunny Hills High School and Cal State Fullerton.
After college, Mike joined the Air Force. After 5 years of service, Mike returned to Fullerton. He worked for many years at Hughes in Fullerton and because he had top secret clearance while he was in the Air Force, he traveled to different locations for Hughes with “classified” items. He also became a Hughes Test Site Coordinator.
In 1993 Mike’s sister Joni introduced him to his future wife, Tracy. Mike and Tracy married and Mike became a dad to her two young boys, Michael and Anthony.
They purchased a home on Maxzim St. just around the corner from where Mike grew up and where he lived the rest of his life.
Comments from his loving family
Wife Tracy: “As some of you know, Mike has been battling cancer and has been in hospice care at home for a couple of months. Well, today I said goodbye to my wonderful husband. He was able to spend his last days surrounded by family, friends and his dogs. Mike was a kind, loving compassionate and supportive husband to me, father to Anthony and Michael, father in law to Mercedes and Janae and of course Pa to Rory, Colton and Siena. Our daily lives will change forever but we go on with our memories and everything you have imparted on us.”
Sister Joni: “He was kind, gentle, wise, compassionate, fair, funny and the best big brother a girl could ask for. And now words fail me because there is not enough time or space here to regale you with all my stories about Mike so that you’ll feel how important and special he was to me. Anyone he touched was lucky to have him in their lives. Rest In Peace, Big Brother. I love you and miss you.”
Niece Jaclyn: “Words are inadequate. He was an untraditional hero, in that he never conquered any bad guys. But my guess is that the other niece, nephew and his boys and I count him among our lives’ greatest heroes. Thank you for teaching me about integrity, character, and appreciating what a person has in life; especially family. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for taking care of my mom. I’m jealous of the meal you’re having right now with Mimi (Mike’s mom)and Poppy (Mike’s dad) and Tom (Mike’s brother). In my head it’s Thanksgiving. Uncle Mike, I could go on for days. Just thank you. I love you with all my heart.”
Long time Friend, Mike Bland, ‘66: “I was honored to know Mike and his entire family for so many years. Mike was my Best Man at my wedding in 1969, we worked together at Buena Park Lumber. While going to college, we lived together, with his sister and her 2 year baby girl Jaclyn, who was the flower girl at my second wedding in 1982. Mike was my BEST Friend and all of us were so blessed to known him.”
Quite a few of his other Lancer friends were also able to visit him recently, including Wayne Redfearn and Skip Allen, ’65. -- Paul Saevig, ‘67