Michael William Reeves, 54, of Monterey passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014, the result of a tragic bicycling accident. He was born November 22, 1959 in Torrance, and raised in Placentia, Calif. A beloved and devoted husband, father, son, and brother, he was also a generous and selfless friend whose unique charisma drew others to him.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Salinas (his wife is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real), The Audio Engineering Society, AOPA and various other professional organizations. He was a pilot, a certified scuba diver, and an avid cyclist. He was blessed with many opportunities both professionally and personally to travel the world, a sure measure of his zest for life.
Michael took great joy in discovering how things worked, and could fix nearly anything, a talent that earned him the nickname “The Great and Powerful Jeeves.”He was sometimes referred to as a “larger than life soul.”
Michael was passionate about the world of professional audio. He worked for several companies, JBL Professional and Dolby among them. His most recent venture was his own consulting business which allowed him to draw together the work he loved, years of professional sales success and treasured collegial relationships.
In his youth, over nine years, he journeyed through Golden State College, the University of Miami, and graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1987. He often said, “They had to graduate me or tenure me.”
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Mary Gray-Reeves; daughter Katherine and son Dorian of Monterey; father Robert Reeves and his partner Renee Waltz of Nevada City, CA.; sisters Heather (Mike) Kociemba and Debbie Andotoe; sisters and brothers in law, Michael (Lynn) Gray, Maggie (Richard) Bouvier, Joanne (Marcus) Korvick, George (Sue) Gray; as well as numerous beloved nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends.
He is deeply grieved, missed and loved. We now entrust our dear Michael fully and completely to the loving arms of the grace of God, which holds us all. A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27. The church is located at 13601 Saratoga Ave. in Saratoga.
Donations can be made to the Sargent House Restoration Project, c/o The Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real, P.O. Box 1903, Monterey, CA 93940 (to donate online visit http://edecr.org/blog/donate/). Or please give to Rails to Trails via www.railstotrails.org. Funeral
arrangements are by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. For more information and to share a memory, visit www.struveandlaporte.com.
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