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Michael J. Brewer

Michael J. Brewer Obituary
Michael J. Brewer May 27, 1940 - October 18, 2019 El Cajon Michael Brewer, Oregon Duck lover, dedicated skier, guacamole maker, dental genius, lifelong learner, dispenser of little known facts, devoted husband and father, died peacefully at home on Friday, October 18, 2019. He leaves his wife of 57 years, Carol Brewer; his daughter, Kirstin and her husband, Mark Buckland; his son, Michael Brewer and his wife Tracy Brewer; his grandchildren Paige, Mark, Katja, Michael and Lauren; his brother Patrick Brewer and his wife Elizabeth. Mike carried out with him an unconditional love for family and friends. He lived a full and good life and was well loved in return. Born in Pasadena to John and Marjorie Brewer and raised in Monrovia next door to his grandparents, Frank and Doris Higgins, Mike's grammar school teachers taught him to learn to write with his right hand, despite being born left-handed. Mike worked with his father on construction sites where lunch usually consisted of a quart of ice cream and a quart of 7-UP. His mother was an accomplished artist who worked as a librarian at the Monrovia Library. Summers included family trips to the Twin Rocks Ranch on the Pistol River in southern Oregon, canoeing on the Boundary Waters in Minnesota and road trips deep into Mexico. Upon graduation from Monrovia High School, the University of Oregon recruited Mike to play football. After a season in the trenches as an offensive and defensive lineman, Mike realized his future was brighter in dentistry than on the football field. At USC's dental school, while serving as a hasher at the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Mike met the love of his life, Carol. They married six months after they met and moved to Fairfield where Mike was stationed at Travis Air Force Base during the Vietnam War. Their daughter Kirstin was born at Travis AFB with their son Michael following three years later. Mike and Carol moved to San Diego where Mike joined the dental practice where he remained for the rest of his career. His large hands spooked patients early on, but he quickly established the reputation for excellence in dentistry and attention to the smallest detail. He was a Founding Father of the San Diego chapter of the Tucker Dental Study Club. He used his gold casting skills and artistic talents to make jewelry for family and friends. In 1977, Mike and Carol moved to El Cajon to build their dream house on what was originally an avocado orchard. Their shared love of gardening led to planting a variety of citrus, macadamia, pomegranate, dozens of varieties of tomatoes and his favorite, hot chilies. Mike was a longtime and active member in the San Diego Horticultural Society, San Diego Macadamia Club, and other gardening groups. Mike and Carol caught the skiing bug in their early 30s following a ski train trip to Sun Valley. Family vacations were spent skiing in Tahoe, Colorado and Utah. The family spent many winter weekends at Mammoth Mountain. Mike made an annual trip with friends knows as the "Boys Ski Trip." Details of those trips remain a secret. Mike always maintained his hallmark sense of humor and strength in a never complaining approach to life, even as it came to its end. He was a favorite to family, friends and almost everyone he met. He will be remembered with a big smile and a full heart. In lieu of flowers, Mike asked donations be made to the San Diego Humane Society via www.sdhumane.org.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Nov. 3, 2019
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