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February 19, 2018

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May 22, 2014
To the Ishida Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Mike was a good friend for many years and a trusted associate.

Respectfully,

Ken Barton
April 24, 2014
I went to WHS with Mike. Shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. May you find peace and strength during this difficult time.
April 21, 2014
I miss my friend.

I met Michael Ishida in 1976 as a timid 9 year old, transplanted from friends and family in Michigan to our new home in Irvine, CA. I was the new kid in a new town, and was nervous about making new friends. Mike lived just down the street, and we met soon after I moved in. I recall talk of Mike's mom telling Mike, “Go play with the new kid over on Deerspring!”, to which Mike would reply, “But Mom, he has a cast on his arm and can't swim, or do anything!!!” Well as it turned out, Mike listened to his mom, and we became friends instantly. Through our friendship our parents became and remain close friends today, and I have to say that most of the long lasting relationships I have in life today originated because of my friendship with Mike.

The early years with Mike were fun filled to say the least! We were very similar. We both had a passion for fun and laughter, even if it meant a bit of mischief along the way! Just a couple of boys looking for the next belly laugh, and we all belly laughed a lot growing up. To name a few of the local co-conspirators in no real order, Cory Bell, Rick Lee, Danny Gonzalez, Mike Quon, Blake Simkins, Pat Park, Bobby Rowell, Mark Simpson, Tyler Mattox, Jeff Rangel, Todd Aldrich, Geoff Giglio and so many others… Playing over the line at Deerfield Elementary, sleep overs, surfing, little league baseball, stringing cans across Deerfield West, shooting BB guns where we weren't supposed to, and of course making fart tapes on cassette in Mike's bedroom, were just a few of the moments that still make me cry with laughter. It was a storybook childhood, and Mike was our centerpiece.

These little boys started the transformation to being young men as we moved to Venado Middle School, and somehow made the discovery that girls were not gross anymore! Actually, I think Mike discovered this much earlier than most of us! His contagious smile and whit started working on the ladies very quickly. How incredibly lucky I was to have grown up through these years of exploration and discovery with Mike! What could have been so awkward and uncomfortable for some of us, Mike made seem so easy. He was truly a special spirit.

I can recall so many experiences from this time of life like they were just yesterday. I remember learning to use chop sticks at Mike's house eating Sapporo Ichiban noodles at the table, often ending up eating next to the dog bowl on the kitchen floor, because according to Auntie Margaret, “If you two are going to eat like animals, I am going to treat you like animals!” We just giggled like always and ate on the floor. I remember Christmas mornings, as soon as my mom and dad would allow, being off to my friend's house to compare how we did with Santa. And of course I always looked forward to the eventual arrival of the Weissinger family. After all, we got to hang out with our older and much cooler big brother Ric, and if we were lucky his totally hot older sister Cheryl! And of course, anyone who knew Mike well also knew he had incredible tunnel vision and maybe the most selective hearing of anyone ever. I have a sneaking suspicion that he developed this while sitting Indian style in his living room on Saturday mornings, with a gigantic bowl of cereal in his lap and his face about a foot from the television, watching cartoons with the TV blasting. I can still picture him in his own little world, laughing hysterically. That laugh was priceless, and thankfully never changed.

As the pre-teens moved to Woodbridge High School, the laughter and mischief grew! Mike's relentless pursuit of fun seemed to be contagious to all of us that were lucky enough to call him a friend. He was an absolute magnet for fun, and we had more than our share of it together through the high school years. I can remember dances, football, baseball, all night study sessions (that's what we called them), vacations, and all the times that we just hung out as teenagers experiencing life… I'm so grateful to have spent so much time growing up with my friend.

As we grew older and went our separate ways, it seemed we were still very much connected. We were always so similar and shared so many of the same character traits, good and bad… At times during our lives we have shared in desperate times, where one or both of us didn't see a way out. Somehow we always turned the corner together to see each other smiling again. I know I am not alone in this, as Mike's big heart has reached out to so many of us in difficult times. Even when we didn't see eye to eye, we managed to put our differences aside and choose friendship. I am so grateful now that we made things right between us.

Mike leaves us all with a legacy of happiness. Like the rest of us he wasn't happy himself 24/7, but he brought instant happiness to everyone around him! I can honestly say that my friend Mike Ishida is the most charismatic person I have ever met. He was a gift to all of us from God, who he believed in deeply, and the party in heaven is going off right now. I'm laughing and crying as I think about all of our history together. We should all be thankful for knowing Mike.

Mike, I will miss your smile, and especially those belly laughs we shared so much buddy. It is painful now, but I know someday I will think of you and smile again.

I miss you.

Matt
April 21, 2014
My family and I didn't know Michael very well or for a long time but with his warm and outgoing , caring personality , you didn't need to know him very long to know you were lucky to have met this warm and big hearted man . You didn't need to know Michael very long to feel and know he will be missed . Our sincere condolences to his whole family. The Ellermeyer Family
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