Micheal William Turner was born March 21, 1986, to Barbara Edwards in Los Angeles. Along with his younger brother Micheal Lucas, they were raised in the home of Donna Johnson and often stayed with their grandmother, Mary Lene Robinson. Micheal grew up in Claremont, California, knew no strangers, and had countless friends. His smile was not only electric but infectious; he could light up any room by simply walking in and introducing himself. Big Mike, as he was known, was a sucker for pretty girls and a good story, a fun time and friends. Mike was a lover of life, but in this life he enjoyed more than anything his family, friends, and most importantly, Judo. Such an integral part of his life, Judo played, that he rarely missed practice. He was beloved by everyone in his club, and carried a well rounded reputation that listed him as: hard working, athletic, morally sound, friendly, and someone who was an absolute pleasure to be around. Judo was the turning point in Micheal’s life, lending to him opportunities he would not have been afforded elsewhere. He was a proud Judoka and an even better friend, son, and brother.
Micheal was preceded in death by his brothers: James, Leroy, and LaMeka and is survived by an extended family that ranges from not just family, but to friends who took him in and made him one of their own. This rainbow of love includes: his mother Barbara, grandmother Mary, brother Micheal Lucas, and sisters: Brittney, Whitney, and Nicole. His foster parents Donna and Leroy, sisters: Shondrella, Evelyn, Jovan, LaToiya, brothers: Christopher, Matthew, and Adonnis. The adoptive family of his sister, parents Nadine and David, and sisters: DeVeon, Sherrell, and Annie. He was welcomed into the homes of the Goltz and Nagel families as one of their own children and leaves behind a gratuitous amount of friends that will greatly miss his presence. He loved with a love that was deeper than friendship, and was loved with a love that surpassed family.
July 23, 2013 • 9:00am