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PAINE, MICHAEL ELDON April 24, 1957 to September 29, 2012 Michael Eldon Paine, son of Eldon Paine and Melba and Darrell Howerton, was born in Illinois, and moved to San Diego 5 months later. Mike grew up and went to school in San Diego until the family moved to El Cajon in 1971. Mike attended and graduated from Granite Hills High School, where he parti-cipated in baseball, football, track, and wrestling. Mike, called "Sheriff" by his co-workers at Hamilton Meats & Provisions, where he worked as an Inventory and Purchasing Warehouse Manager from 2008 to 2012; he worked in the industry for 20 years. He died peacefully at home on September 29th surrounded by family after a well-fought battle with cancer. 2 Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith." Michael is preceded in death by Eldon Paine and Darrell Howerton. He is survived by mother, Melba Howerton; daughter, Kristina Paine; grandchildren, Trevor Paine and Kiara Warner; brother, Kent Paine (Shannon); nephews, Josh Paine and Logan; all of San Diego County. He is also survived by brother, Craig Howerton; and nephew, Dustin; of Arizona; and extended family in Illinois; lifelong best friend Vincent Najera and the Najera family; and many friends. A graveside service will be held at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, 2:00 pm, Friday, October 12th, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902. A celebration of Michael's life will follow in El Cajon (for details, please e-mail the family at mpainecol@yahoo.com).

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Oct. 7, 2012
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