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H. Michael Laybourn H. Michael Laybourn, 80, passed away on October 18, 2018 in Hopland with his wife by his side. A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, November 17 at 2 PM at Brutocao Cellars Tasting Room in Hopland. Friends and family are invited to bring memories of Michael and their favorite dish to share. Michael was truly a Renaissance man who viewed the world through an artist's eye, painting, sculpting, woodworking, composing photos and adding beauty to whatever he did. Michael treasured the community created by bringing people together with music, beer and good food. Through his leadership at the Mendocino Brewing Company's Hopland Brewery, the first brewpub in the nation, he set the standards followed today for successful brewpubs seen around the country. Michael was a dedicated Rotarian, enriching the Rotary Club of Ukiah through the diverse community of members he recruited. Always conscious of the contributions of veterans, he headed up Rotary projects that included the Veterans' Garden and Guitars for Troops. Michael is survived by his loving wife Nancy, with whom he shared his life for 43 years; his daughters Michelle McCord, Brenda Rudolph, Andrea de Noon and son Joshua Reisinger; sister Shanon Smith, brothers Hugh Laybourn and Daniel Laybourn; 4 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Michael was preceded in death by his parents Harland and Ruth Laybourn, and his brother, Dennis.
Published in Ukiah Daily Journal on Nov. 4, 2018
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