McGUIRE, Michael Michael McGuire crossed his final finish line on June 26, 2018, completing his most impressive race. Mike was born in Oakland in 1945 and grew up in Orinda. After high school, he joined his brother Bill at Oregon State. Mike was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and lettered on the OSU swim team. He received his Masters in Health Education at OSU and later, his Administrative Credentials at Saint Mary's. After graduating from OSU and traveling Europe, he took a summer job in Incline Village and met Sandi Schlueter. They were married eight months later in Chico. Shortly before; Mike accepted an offer to teach in Santa Rosa. He was a creative, dedicated and enthusiastic teacher for nearly four decades. He taught health and science at Herbert Slater Junior High for 20 years, and taught sixth grade at Hidden Valley Elementary School for 12 years, followed by five years as the principal. In "retirement," Mike continued to teach through substituting, tutoring and the summer Excel program at SSU, where a scholarship has been established in his name. Aside from teaching, Mike had a lifelong devotion to running and bicycling. He participated in the Vineman Triathlon, numerous marathons, countless local running events, and long distance bicycle challenges, including the Paris-Brest-Paris 745 mile endurance ride. He had qualified to run in his third Boston Marathon this year. He was a loving husband to his wife of 46 years, Sandi, a patient and supportive father to Molly (Jake) McGuire-Nunn and Sean (Rebekah) McGuire and a doting grandfather to Graysen and Dylan Nunn, and Olive and Emma McGuire. He also leaves behind his siblings, Bill and Rob McGuire, Vickie Harper, and Doug, Larry and Wayne Bonnington. Mike accomplished a lot during his life but he'll be remembered most for the way he made people feel important, worthy and loved. He gave you his complete attention; offering high praise for the smallest of achievements and sincere gratitude for anything you may have done for him or the community. His course through life took him to many places. But, no matter where he was, he always had time for family and friends. He was kind and loving, always exhibiting his wonderful smile. The McGuire family would like to thank the staff at Kaiser Permanente, Memorial Hospice and From the Heart Senior Services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike's memory to Memorial Hospice in Santa Rosa. A service will be held August 5th at Daniel's Chapel of the Roses at 1 p.m., followed by a celebration of life at the Friedman Center.
Published by Press Democrat from Jul. 8 to Jul. 12, 2018.