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Arnold "Mike" Epstein

1927 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Arnold "Mike" Epstein Obituary
December 30, 1927 - April 2, 2017 Our family is devastated by the sudden loss of our husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend - Arnold "Mike" Epstein - who left us on April 2, 2017, at the age of 89. He was the best of companions on every journey: from across the country to across the street. We are overcome with grief at his passing, but only because we feel so blessed at having had him in our lives. Mike proudly served our country as a member of the Coast Guard during the Korean War. By the time he had made his way to Los Angeles, he was an avid sailor, and accomplished pilot. A raconteur, a prolific letter-writer, an American history buff, a conversationalist beyond belief, Mike was a joyful gent who found pleasure in the smallest of things: a bullet casing found on a Civil War battleground, the daily newspaper, a small taste of the traditional annual New Year's caviar with his wife Gayle Prince, a bourbon in a nicely shaped glass, or a lick of vanilla ice cream shared with whichever grandchild happened to be holding the cone. Mike's character was evident to any who happened upon him, even if for only a few minutes, but the true measure of this man - his wisdom, humor and his unceasing kindness - was known by his best friends and his family. There was no one better by your side, at moments of celebration or those of sadness. His children and grandchildren couldn't get enough of this man, from the time they were infants until as recently as last week. He had unbridled enthusiasm for all of their endeavors, cheering them along with Gayle as they sat in innumerable bleachers, auditorium seats, and lawn chairs. The deep imprint left by this joyful man will be felt by generations. He leaves behind his brothers Jerry and Matty, and his Epstein children Mitchell, Stephanie and Jonathan, and grandchildren Blake, Brandon, Katie, Alyssa, and Leah. Mike also leaves behind his wife Gayle - 40 years of love together - and the Prince children he adopted, Laura, Jonathan, Amy, Joanne, and Elizabeth, as well as his grandchildren Matthew, Julia, Jackson, Emmett, Leigha, Claire, Justin, Adam and Erik. No doubt, his future great-grandchildren will tell the tales of "Grandpa Mike." Mike, we hope that right now you're sailing at the tiller of a sweet 27-foot Newport, headed for open oceans, with the wind at your back and a bourbon in your hand... You will be missed more than you could ever have imagined.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 5 to Apr. 9, 2017
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