Michael Chaffin Dinsmore
1989 - 2021
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Michael Dinsmore passed away peacefully on May 28, 2021, in Long Beach, California. He was born in Bakersfield, California and grew up in Palos Verdes Estates, California. From the beginning, he always had a big heart and was extremely caring and loving by nature. He often befriended those with disabilities, helping them in a gentle and compassionate way. He had a contagious sense of humor, which kept those around him laughing. He spent much of his life caring for his pets and enjoying the wonders of nature. Over the years, he enjoyed spending time with his beloved hamsters, guinea pigs, snakes, lizards, frogs, fish, cats and his friend's dogs. He left behind some beautiful aquariums with healthy tropical fish and turtles, as well as two cats with a litter of kittens.

Michael had a deep connection with the outdoors, which began when he was a child. He enjoyed many wonderful trips with his family to Mammoth, Morro Bay, Santa Barbara, Catalina, and Warner Springs Ranch in San Diego County. He always looked forward to our family camping trips in the Sierras, the desert and the Colorado River. Hiking, fishing, boating and snorkeling were his favorite activities. His lifetime dream was to live in a small town in the mountains.

In Intermediate school, he started skate boarding and later became a skilled snowboarder. He played in the basketball league during high school, enjoying shooting "outside shots". He attended L.A. Harbor College where he majored in Sociology, hoping to help those suffering from chemical dependency. Michael later struggled with drug addiction, so he then admitted himself into The Beacon House in San Pedro for help. During his tenure there, he generously engaged in volunteer work and became a man of Faith. He successfully graduated from the program, then continued to give back to the Beacon House by becoming a counselor, helping many of the men in the program get through their various addictions. Later he worked as a Case Manager at Exodus Recovery and Harbor Interfaith Services, going out on the streets to help the homeless find housing and connect with remedial programs.

Our family will continue to honor and love Michael for all his positive contributions to society. We have all learned a great deal about sensitivity when dealing with those having illnesses, addictions and disabilities. He wanted to make our world just a little bit better. We miss him dearly and will always keep him in our prayers. He is now in a better place, free from any burdens that he may have been facing.

He is survived by his parents, Stephen and Deborah Dinsmore, Palos Verdes Estates, California; his sister, Elizabeth Marie Dinsmore, Palos Verdes Estates, California; his sister Sara Jane Dinsmore, Hot Springs, Arkansas; his nephew, Archie Dinsmore, Hot Springs, Arkansas; and his brother, Andrew Windsor Dinsmore, West Hollywood, California.

A memorial service will be held in the Pavilion outside at Green Hills Memorial Park, on Monday, June 7th at 9am, 27501 S Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

In Lieu of gifts, please send donations to the Beacon House Association, 1003 S. Beacon St., San Pedro, CA 90731
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Jun. 3, 2021.
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June 17, 2021
Rest in paradise Michael I remember when you were at the beacon house. My prayers are with your family.
June 7, 2021
Mikey you will be missed , but not forgotten. You always put a smile on my face. It was blessing to have met you at the BH. My condolences to the Dinsmore family.
Peter Llamas
June 6, 2021
A tremendous loss for our world. Keeping Michael and his family in my prayers.
Carolyn Kinahan
June 6, 2021
Micheal was a fun kid, full of energy and fun and an absolute gift to his parents and family. We send love to all the Dinsmore family in this time of grief. We remember Michael as a small boy. He was such a cute guy. All the girls, even in elementary school giggled and talked about how cute he was.... ❤
Kari Rao and family
June 6, 2021

"What though the radiance which was once so bright,
Be now forever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind."
Another Mother
June 5, 2021
It is with heavy hearts we are writing this. It was such a shock to hear of Michael's passing. For many years our families have enjoyed wonderful times together - family vacations, holiday dinners, birthdays, etc. We got to know him as a sweet, loving, and caring person. This is such a tragic loss to his family and all who knew him. We hope he is in a better place now and may he rest in peace. Love Brenda and Tara Faries
Brenda and Tara Faries
June 3, 2021
Mike came to work for me fresh out of high school and we kept in contact over the years.Our birthdays are very close and we always remembered each other in December
Mike was a very gentle soul.I will miss you kid ! XO Kim

kim miller
June 3, 2021
Mikey was a ball of sunshine and a good friend. I can’t believe he is gone, but will hold memories of us laughing, fishing, and playing softball close to my heart.
Zachary Ruff
June 3, 2021
I was blessed to have gone through the Beacon House with Mikey. I was his roommate for nine months. He and I would laugh so hard that I physically needed to separate myself from him. Mikey is one of my favorite person in the whole world. I will miss him dearly.

The last time I saw him was at church. He still wore his socks knee high.

To Mikey, I love you, brother. I know you are in heaven. Please save me a spot. I will see you again.

To his family, I am so sorry for your loss. I am here if you need anything.

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and will miss you always.
Ted Pham
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