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William Joseph Michel

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William Joseph Michel Obituary
William Joseph Foot' Michel January 12, 1958 - July 25, 2018 RAMONA William Joseph Foot' Michel, also known as Coach Foot', entered into everlasting peace on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at his home in Ramona, California. Despite a fervent Hail Mary, Foot succumbed to the cancer with which he fought the previous three months. Born on January 12, 1958 he attended Kearny High School where his talent for football was honed and recognized. His greatest passions in life were football, dancing, oldies music, his Chamorro heritage and his beloved family. Foot was a life-long football fan. He loved everything about it. He loved playing, coaching, watching, and he certainly loved talking about it. He found particular joy working with kids in his community and he was proud of the work and the relationships he formed as a result. Foot was a charismatic, gregarious, fun-loving, playful soul, with a wonderful sense of humor. He could make anyone feel special and at ease. Even during his final days he managed to evoke humor as a means to comfort those struggling with his illness. Foot will be profoundly missed by his family, his friends, his colleagues and his community all of whom he touched with his love, compassion and wit. He was a coach, a mentor, a brother, a father, a friend. He was unique and was loved for it. Foot is preceded in death by his parents, Dehlbert and Mary Jane, his sister Mimi, and his brother Sam. He is survived by his wife Sandi King. He is also survived by his children Melissa Michel Tresko (David), Melanie Michel and Chelsea Michel and his four grandchildren Kambrie, Malia, Lulu and Rudy. He leaves behind his beloved siblings Eddie (Linda), Diana Suit (Gary), Bud (Rose), Rita Stodder (Eric), Bobby (Patti), and Debbie Blake (Kunani) and his 16 nieces and nephews, 20 great-nieces and nephews - give or take a few. The Michel family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of love expressed by so many in the Ramona community. He cherished his time with you all. The personal notes that you sent brought him great joy. Our heartfelt thank you to Rick Portugal for his life-long friendship and his continual support of Foot during his last fight. Family services will be private. If you knew Foot please remember him in your own way. He would love that! A memorial donation may be made on his behalf at , www.wish.org.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 12, 2018
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