Passed away peacefully on Monday, October 29th in Palo Alto, California. Michael, beloved husband of Sybil Katz, dear father to Randy Taran, Alana Pejouan, Barbara Katz and Bob Katz, father-in-law to David Taran and Stephan Pejouan, and cherished grandfather to Alex, Benji, Zoë, Samantha and Cloë. Loving uncle to many nieces and nephews. Mike lead a full and inspirational life. He touched all that surrounded him with his love, optimism and enthusiasm. Mike's profound love of family and friends set an example acting as a beacon for all who met him and knew him. His light will forever shine on us as will his loving memory. A funeral service will be held at Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Colma, California on Friday, November 2nd at 1:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Vie, Palo Alto, 620 Sand Hill Road, Palo Alto, California at 3:30 after the funeral service.