Michael Roy Hammond
April 10, 1955 - June 3, 2014
On June 3, 2014 Michael Roy Hammond lost his battle with cancer. Mike battled cancer for nearly 3 years. He passed away with his wife and 4 children by his side.
Michael was born to Wellsley and Misako Hammond on April 10, 1955. The Hammond family; Midora, Michael, Sheryl and Wesley, traveled around the world for part of their childhood. The family set down roots in Yuba City where Michael graduated from Yuba City High. Shortly after graduating he started his, as he was sure to make clear, "38 year 10 month and 19 days" career with the phone company.
Mike loved to work, he often said that he felt like he never worked a day in his life. He was the go to man at work. His coworkers were so fond of him and trusted in him. Coworker say he had such a vast knowledge of his job and they never hesitated to seek advice when they had a question or a problem. He was always more than willing to lend a helping hand.
Shortly after he began his career at the phone company he met his wife Jody, and the two married on December 20, 1975. They became a family with the births of their 4 children, Kellyne, David, Robert, and Rebecca. Mike was also lucky enough to be able to walk his daughter Kellyne down the aisle to her husband, Chris. Michael's family began to grow through his two oldest children. Kelly gave him 3 grandchildren: Ashlyn, Brayden, and Trenten. Sadly, Brayden was taken from us at a young age. David gave him 3 grandchildren as well: Aubrey, Ryan, and Jacob. The grandchildren affectionately referred to him as Papa and Papa Mike.
Mike was an outstanding man who was deeply loved by many. He had a soft spot in his heart for animals, and the needs of others. He leaves this world as a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend to all. He will be missed by many.
A Memorial Service will take place on Wed., June 11th, 11am, at the Chapel at Crosspoint Community Church, located at 12th and Needham. The Celebration of Life will continue at our home at 1pm. Contact family for address if needed.
Published in the Modesto Bee from June 6 to June 8, 2014