Michael W. Martindale
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Michael W. Martindale

Phoenix - Michael Wharton Martindale, age 65, of Phoenix, Arizona and Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada died unexpectedly on Friday, March 13th, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born in Victoria on November 29, 1954 to Pat and Murray Martindale. Within ten months of his birth his father died. Two years later Pat married Dr. Bob Young who adopted Michael. Michael's deep lifelong love affair with the sea was cultivated playing on the beach and in the water at Cadboro Bay and launched at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club learning to sail and work during his teenage years. He left home to crew on a small commercial fishing boat off the west coast of Vancouver which was his true "college", refining his skills of discipline, cooperation and care for others.

Michael graduated from Mt. Douglas High School and Camosun College,Victoria, B.C., and was drawn to real estate development in Arizona where he worked with Pulte Homes and Design Masters before co-founding Commerce Realty Advisors in 1991.

Michael's passions were extensive beyond his many real estate development achievements. He married the love of his life, Sandra (Sam) Pearson of Phoenix in 1983 and built a life surrounded by dear friends. Whether captaining his boat in the Gulf Islands, expertly leading fishing trips and whale watching adventures or convening the "Posse" at his "Bike Barn" for mountain biking, Michael made time for it all. He assumed the penultimate uncle role to mentor the children of family and friends. He was a Guardian Warrior for the non-profit Rancho Feliz in Agua Prietà, Mexico. Always, Michael selflessly ensured that people around him were safe, comfortable and happy.

He was never shy about savoring the finer treasures in life and generously shared them with everyone. Michael would give you the shirt off his back. Literally. The shirt would likely be a Tom Ford or the latest from Patagonia. But you had better take care of it!

Left to mourn their loss, his wife, Sandra (Sam), his mother, Pat Young, Victoria BC, sisters Debra (Peter) McNeil, Fredericton, NB, Teri Young, Cowichan Bay, BC, brother Bruce (Kimberley) Young, Powell River, BC, and his Canadian nieces and nephews: Jessica, Billy, Nicholas and Maggie along with his Australian nephew Jordan (Kari) plus many others in the extended family: The Emerys, the Harveys, the Yardleys, the Seefrieds (Sandy's brothers, spouses and family) and Trisha Morrison. Michael will also be mourned by his friends who felt like family.

Michael was never happier than when he was on the ocean. Please consider honoring him with donations to Center for Whale Research,

https://www.whaleresearch.com/supportcwr or Pacific Salmon Foundation, https://www.psf.ca/support/donate in lieu of flowers.

Michael's life will be celebrated when the Coronavirus permits people to gather once again. Details to follow. Visit www.hansenmortuary.com for online condolences.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Mar. 20 to Mar. 22, 2020.
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March 30, 2020
Dear Pat, I have many fond memories playing with Michael on Arrow Rd when you would come visit your mom, we were just little children. I am so sorry for your loss. Susan Clark
March 28, 2020
To the Young family, I am extremely sorry to hear of Michael's passing. He like all of you were a huge part of my life there on Chelsea Place.
I will always remember Michael as the first boy that caught my attention. He had inserted himself into our unpacking chain line on the day we moved in. One minute I was receiving from my brother at the front door then next trip it was Michael. I never knew I was shy until that moment- blush!
I will always remember Michael and his enthusiastic ways.
Susan Gains
March 26, 2020
Dear Pat, I remember when Michael was born, and the distant interest we had in your future. That sounds odd I know but Don and I liked to keep those we knew in our thoughts. I'm so sorry that you have lost Michael in his prime!! He turned out to be such a nice person, which doesn't surprise me, when I remember his Mom. We go a long way back, but I do want you to know you are in my thoughts at this sad time. We lost Don on January 30 this year at the age of 90, but I know he would be joining me in our heartfelt condolences. Sincerely Dawn Duke, Victoria.
March 23, 2020
Sad to see we lost another member of the 1972 graduating class from Mt Doug High. Although it's been quite a few years since I've seen Mike's winking smile, I will always remember him as a character and a good guy. Rest in peace!
Harry Hitchman
March 21, 2020
What a beautiful tribute to a truly genuine and kind-hearted man. The world lost a great human being and we will all feel his loss. I'm still in disbelief. RIP, kind soul.

Here's Mike photobombing us ladies at a friend's daughter's wedding.
Rona Price
March 21, 2020
So saddened to hear of the loss of this kind, caring man. Thinking of the family at this very difficult time. My heart goes out to all of you. RIP Michael.
Gayle McDonald
March 20, 2020
My condolences are extended as you mourn the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and strength to cope during this trying time. (Psalm 90:10)
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