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Michael John LoStracco

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Michael John LoStracco

Phoenix - We lost our beloved Mikey early on May 30 due to cancer; he was a young 57.

Born in Tucson (9-13-59), he attended Madison followed by Camelback High ('77) in Phoenix. He "went West" (San Diego) in his trusty VW bug on his 18th birthday and seldom looked back - he simply loved the ocean.

He worked as a civil engineering field tech for some three decades, in various locations as remote as Adak Island in the Aleutians - making friends everywhere. He also founded and worked his carpet cleaning business, "FIBERCLEAN" in his early S.D. years.

Regrettably, Mikey never married, to the loss of females unnamed, as well as to us, as he'd have made a great dad - children remember and loved his "Donald Duck" talk. His other loves included ocean boating, deep-sea fishing, and diving for lobster. If he caught fish, all of his friends and neighbors feasted - both at Tait St. in Oceanside, and earlier at "Rancho Relaxo" in Pacific Beach.

Mikey's immediate survivors include his parents; his step-mother, Cheryl - who was his constant caregiver during his four-year battle; his four brothers (Mark, Matt, Greg, and Brett); and his sister, Michelle Grant, who he especially looked after during her college years in California. Sadly, his other beloved sister, Cindy, predeceased him under tragic circumstances in 2010. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

An informal service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at Best Funeral Home, at 501 East Dunlap, in North Phoenix, open to all. Flowers are unnecessary; memorial donations may be made to an appropriate cause. Mementos, photos, etc. are welcomed.

Lastly, I don't know how to adequately express our gratitude to Dr. Low and his staff at Ironwood, and to Dr. Miller, for their efforts, concern, and their very genuine care and compassion throughout Mikey's four-year fight; and similarly, to the I.C.U. staff at Honor Health North (Lincoln, to us locals) during his final battle, and to Hospice of the Valley. Thank you.

Mikey, you are deeply missed, fondly remembered, and forever in our hearts.
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 6, 2018
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