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Michael A. Fowler ’68 died unexpectedly from cardiac arrest while hospitalized near his Rosamond, Caif. home on December 21, 2009, with his daughter, Melinda Fowler, by his side. He was the son of lifelong Los Gatos residents, the late Robert H. Fowler, retired Southern Pacific employee, and the late Geraldine A. "Mina" Lepurin-Fowler, who owned and operated Idamina’s Fashions in Los Gatos for over 30 years. Michael was also the great-great grandson to Samuel L. Lord, a Civil War Veteran and one of the patriarchs of the family. Mike was a three-sport athlete and scholastic achiever at Los Gatos High, class of ’64, and continued to play football at Santa Clara University for four years, where he met and married the late Judy Swenson-Fowler before he graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration. He also participated in ROTC while there. After further training and a year in Vietnam he returned to San Jose to join the leadership of Carl N. Swenson Construction Co. with clients including G.M., Ford, Signetics, Fairchild, Lone
Star, the San Jose Mercury News, Lockheed, IBM and numerous others. In the early 1970s for a couple of years he served as president of San Jose’s Tapestry and Talent Festival. For the last 11 years, Mike worked as senior estimator and project manager for Camco Pacific Builders of Calif. and Nevada, specializing in commercial, industrial, retail, and military building and development. He was continually commended for his non-stop work and energy to build. Survivors include his two daughters, Melinda and Gayle, brother Greg, and sister Patricia Valdenaire and her family of Roquefort, France, and six grandchildren. Mike’s son Arne died tragically 24 years ago.