Constituents Deceased list

Joseph Michael ’43, J.D. ’48 was born on Sept. 6, 1919, in Stockton, California, to parents Thomas and Miriam Michael. He attended local schools and graduated from Stockton High School in 1938. He attended SCU until he enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1941, after the completion of his junior year. In September 1942, Joe returned to SCU to complete his senior year, graduating with a B.S. In June 1942, he transferred to the Navy and was assigned to officer’s training at Columbia University in New York. He was then sent to the Philippines as a Naval lieutenant, where he continued his service until the end of WWII. While serving in the Navy, Joe was awarded the American Defense Victory Medal and four Battle Stars by the Seventh Fleet commanding officer and the chief of Naval operations base, Philippine Islands. Joe returned to SCU School of Law and opened his law office in Stockton in 1949; years later he was joined by his beloved nephew, John Cammack. He served as a president of the Young Democrats of San Joaquin County and president of the San Joaquin Bar Association. While practicing law, he became nationally recognized as a consultant on subsidized housing and began a development company in 1969, building and managing housing for low-income families and developing assisted living centers for seniors. He formally retired from law to focus on development and was elected president of the Rural Builders Council of California. Joe’s successful company, Professional Apartment Management, generously offered scholarships, tutoring, and child care for several of the resident’s children. Joe was also a committed volunteer for the California Youth Authority, mentoring many young men with kindness and faith. Joe later retired from development and founded The Parks Management Company in order to focus on the management of assisted living centers. He retired in 2015 at the age of 96 after founding a nonprofit formed to assist women, children, and the homeless in Stockton. He and his wife, Shirley, were active participants at St. Michael’s Church and loved their dear friends in the parish community. Joe had an unwavering belief in God’s presence and strong commitment to prayer. He loved golf, traveling (especially to Hawaii), fishing, gardening, and entertaining in his beautiful yard. His love, support, and commitment to Shirley and his children was always present. He was extremely proud of his Lebanese heritage and the strong Lebanese community in Stockton. He lived his life with modesty, honesty, intelligence, dignity, integrity, and an unmatched generosity of spirit. Joe passed away on March 26, 2019, at the age of 99 in Stockton. He will always be remembered as a warm, thoughtful, generous man, contributing to his community, family, and friends in countless ways. Joe is preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Shirley (2015), and his great-grandson, Jaymen (2018). Joe will be greatly missed by his children: Sandy, Miriam (Dick Gregory), Cindy (Glenn Clarke), and David (Pam Michael); his seven grandchildren: Lexi, Cia, Lizzie, Patrick, Joey, Karly and Matthew; his four great-grandchildren: Tyler, Sierra, Dominic, and Anthony; his sister-in-law, Betty Bogovich; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

01 Aug 2019