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Michael Ruben Garcia

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Michael Ruben Garcia Obituary
April 8, 1993 - January 5, 2011

Beloved son, brother, and true friend was tragically taken from us on the night of January 5, 2011. Michael was born at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance. He was raised on the Palos Verdes Peninsula attending Mira Catalina Elementary School, Miraleste Intermediate School and was a senior at Rolling Hills Prep.
Michael was an outstanding athlete. He played baseball at Rolling Hills Little League, enjoyed horseback riding, competitive motocross, go-cart racing, snowboarding, rugby and Tai Kwan Do. However, his passion was football. At Rolling Hills Prep, he played all four years. This year he was selected as the co-captain of the football team that made it deep into the CIF Division I 8-man playoffs. Michael was a key starter and played all positions. His favorite position was middle linebacker. His #11 will be cherished for years to come.
In the off season, Michael was an avid body builder. He entered various competitions at Muscle Beach in Venice. His good looks and tremendous physique landed him a job as a male model. Michael never missed the September 1st opening day of dove hunting season. The trip to Bakersfield was always exciting as his dad and uncle "Buck" Robert romped through the fields in search of their prey. The three were also great fishermen. Whether deep sea fishing or lake fishing, the three were inseparable during this time.
"Money Mike" as he was called by his friends loved his cars. His bright blue Shelby Mustang (nicknamed - Zoltran) was his pride and joy. However, he could always be seen driving his big 4X4 Ford F150 truck around town. His friends nicknamed it "Koleman" because it was white and well insulated.
Michael will be sorely missed. He is survived by his parents, Ruben and Tammy Garcia; sisters, Megan Garcia and Amanda Merino; grandparents, Carlos and Emily Garcia, Ken and Jan Boucek and Nancy Raper; uncles, Henry Garcia, Robert Garcia, Carlos Garcia Jr., David Garcia, Robert Raper, Robert Puga, Dan Conklin, and Dan Weaver; aunts, Sherry Puga, Nikki Garcia, Karla Reed, Helen Weaver, and Monica Garcia; cousins, Nick DeSoto, Brooklyn Puga, Anthony Garcia, Cole and Ryan Reed, Amanda and Steven Puga, Charlie Hernandez, Ty Garcia, Krystal Lovett, Heather Laughlin, Amy and Christopher Garcia, Kristi, Sherry, Becky and Samantha Garcia.
Visitation will be on Thursday night, January 13, 2011 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Green Hills Chapel. Services will be at Rolling Hills Covenant Church (2222 Palos Verdes Dr. North, Rolling Hills Estates) on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM. with burial at Green Hills Memorial Park.
Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.

Published in Daily Breeze on Jan. 11, 2011
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