Michael S. Cavanaugh, 79, of La Jolla, California, passed away on April 26, 2014, following a brief hospitalization. |
Mike was born April 3, 1935, in Detroit, Michigan, son of Alice and Harry Cavanaugh. He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High School in St. Clemons, Michigan, in 1953, and completed his education at the University of Detroit.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 – 1956, where he was stationed in Japan. He went on to achieve success in his chosen fields of golf and business. He served as assistant golf pro to Manuel De la Torre at Milwaukee Country Club, assistant golf pro at Phoenix Country Club and head golf professional at West Bend Country Club, where he met and married his wife, Alice Martha Deimling, in 1967. They moved to La Jolla, California in 1969, where he joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate and ultimately started his own firm, Michael S. Cavanaugh, Inc.
As a successful real estate developer and businessman, Mike became very active in community organizations assisting young entrepreneurs and serving on a variety of boards, including President of the Scripps Hospital Foundation Board, American Ireland Fund, Greater San Diego Sports Association, Century Club of San Diego and he founded the Fallbrook Art Works.
His true passion was golf, competing and providing charitable support at both a local and national level. He served as President of La Jolla Country Club and was twice President of the Century Club of San Diego, hosts of the current Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course. In addition, he was on the board of Trans-Mississippi Golf Association, one of the most prestigious golf organizations in the United States established in 1901. He currently holds the position of Life Director for the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association.
Always the life of the party, delighting children and adults alike with his antics and quick wit, his joy and zest for life were contagious. His family wrote, "His generosity, integrity and kind heart are an inspiration. He lived his life to the fullest, his warm personality and quick wit brought many laughs and smiles."
He is survived by his wife, Alice; son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Brooke; son, Richard; grandchildren, Katherine, Ryan and Henry; two brothers, Joseph and Patrick; and sisters, Mary Alice Higby, Sister Sarah of Adrian Dominicans and Susanne Cavanaugh. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John.
Mike was thrilled to officiate the wedding of son, Michael, in January of this year and to welcome his new daughter-in-law and her two children into the family.
Services have been held.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the University of San Diego Foundation, Golf Program. Contact (619) 260-5917.
Published in La Jolla Light on May 29, 2014