Michael “Marty” McHale ’67 was born to Magdalene and Martin McHale and raised in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1963, he came to California to attend SCU. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Nobili Medal for most outstanding student and the Kappa Zeta Phi “Man of the Year” award for unselfish service. After graduation, Marty became a CPA and used accounting skills over the next 50 years, 40 of which as CFO for Raisch Company. Marty lived a full life dedicated to his family, Catholic faith, and service. One could say Marty literally had the “keys to the kingdom” because for years he opened the doors every morning for 6:30 a.m. Mass at St. Christopher’s Church. As a volunteer, Marty served as treasurer in various organizations including Serra, Christmas in the Park, Almaden Little League, Almaden Youth Soccer, Almaden Youth Basketball, and Almaden Youth Softball. While he was an avid fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, and Notre Dame, his true love was watching his children and grandchildren play sports. On weekends and evenings, Marty volunteered to coach many of the soccer, baseball, softball, and basketball teams that his kids, Dan and Maggie, played on, sharing his love for sports with them. As a proud and devoted “Papa,” Marty spent every weekend of the past 14 years rooting on his grandchildren from their sidelines, much to the chagrin of referees and umpires. While he may have had an occasional opinion to share with them about the game, Marty was the first one to hand the referees and umpires a cold water in between innings to make sure they didn’t overheat. Marty’s life motto was be honest, stand up for what is right, pray daily, and make sure your shoes are shined. He passed away on Jan. 5, 2018, and is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Nona, and his two children, Dan and Maggie Valentin (Jake); his daughter-in-law, Layla; his grandchildren, Macy, Kylie, Piper, Braedan, Colton, Natalie, Tyler, and Lilly; his brother, Patrick (Rosalie) and their three children; and six grandchildren. His parents and his sister, Mary, predeceased him. Marty’s unconditional love and support is deeply missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

08 Nov 2018