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Michael Lee Hackworth
January 29, 1941 - April 21, 2012
Resident of Saratoga
Michael L. Hackworth died peacefully at his home surrounded by family on April 21, 2012. He is survived by his wife Joan, three siblings, Arthur, Richard, and diane, two daughters, Lauren and Julie, step-son, Eric, and five grandchildren.
A native of San Mateo, CA, he spent his first five years in Atwood, Kansas, where he fondly remembers the farm and extended family that supported him and his mom while his father served in the military (WWII). His mother raised him with a strong work ethic, which served him well throughout his life. He graduated from Serra High School and Santa Clara University with a degree in engineering. He brought the values of hard work and community service, along with an unerring sense of optimism and commitment to ethics, to a number of local non-profits, including the Tech Museum of San Jose, Ballet San Jose, the Symphony Silicon Valley, Montalvo Arts Center, the Santa Clara County Children's Shelter, and the Second Harvest Food Bank. His board service was equally wide-ranging and diverse and included the Advisory Board at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.
A Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist, he will be remembered as living his guiding principles to their fullest: Aim high, work hard, and do the right thing. He was a 40-year veteran of the semiconductor industry, working for Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor, and Signetics Corp., all of which fostered his spirit of innovation. His greatest claim to fame was when he co-found Cirrus Logic, Inc., where he served as Chairman of the Board, and President and CEO. He also embraced a leadership role at the Tech Museum as interim President in early 2011. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ernst and Young Semiconductor Entrepreneur of the Year (1990) and the Morris Chang Award (2001) for exemplary leadership from the Fabless Semiconductor Association (now Global Semiconductor Alliance). He will be remembered as being extremely generous with his time and talents as he inspired others with his mentoring. By example, he taught those who came into contact with him the importance of integrity, perseverance, and responsibility.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to The Tech Museum in San Jose, the Symphony Silicon Valley, the Montalvo Arts Center, or the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. His public memorial service will be held at the Mission at Santa Clara University on Sunday, May 6, 2012, at 1pm.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 28, 2012
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