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Michael Dennis Hurst


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Michael Dennis Hurst Obituary
July 20, 1954 - July 29, 2017 Michael Dennis Hurst ("Buff") passed away unexpectedly in Los Angeles, CA, on July 29, 2017 at the age of 63. Born in Los Angeles on July 20, 1954, to Carl and Elizabeth Hurst, he grew up in Orange, CA, and graduated from Villa Park High School. Mike met his wife, Julie, in 1981 and they married in 1992. They shared laughter and love of life for 35 years. Mike's passion for fine food and wine led him to a lifelong career in the fine wine industry, most recently with Ferrari-Carano. Mike loved to travel and enjoyed life-changing cultural experiences and adventures around the world. He was also an avid scuba diver. Mike loved music and enjoyed playing the guitar and rocking a room with his powerful voice. Mike's quick wit and infectious laugh endeared him to all who knew him. Mike is survived by his wife, Julie Sleeper; nieces and nephews, Eileen and Hiroki Fukuyama, Carol and Larry Harrison, Joan and Ron Newcomb, Paula and Bill LaBar, Anne Marsin, Susan and Steven Place, Carla and Barry Jackson, Tim Adams, Carl and Karen Shields, Chris and Patricia Shields, and Mary Lou Kirksey; and many great-nephews, great-nieces and cousins. Mike was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Elizabeth Hurst; brother, Arthur Hurst; sisters, Joan Marsin and Cathy Hurst; and niece, Mary Adams. A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church at 525 W. Vista Way, Vista, CA 92083. In lieu of flowers, please honor Michael with a donation to a . Please visit www.michaelhurst.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 15 to Aug. 20, 2017
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