Michael Joseph Poitevin ’67 was born in Lewiston, Idaho, to Lawrence and Margaret (Kennedy) Poitevin. He spent his boyhood in Idaho Falls, graduated from high school in Ojai, California, and headed off to SCU. A blind date junior year turned into a romance that lasted for 53 years. Mike’s special secret was sending flowers to Vickie’s dorm room, and throughout their 51 years of marriage he remained a florist’s best friend. Mike’s professional career began at Ford Motor Co. in Milpitas, but when the “call” came to transfer to Detroit, he answered by “moving” to Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, where he had a successful career spanning over 30 years. During that time he earned master’s Degrees from San Jose State University and Saint Mary’s College, but he was a Santa Clara Bronco through and through. Retirement meant there was finally time for golf, travel, and a second career in property management. Working was a part of Mike’s DNA, and he was not fulfilled unless he had an “overloaded plate.” Retirement also meant more time for Santa Clara. He supported his alma mater in many ways, loved Bronco sports, was a member of the Board of Fellows, and always hoped for another NCAA basketball bid. At age 74, he passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 7, 2019, after a brief battle with leukemia. Mike is survived by Vickie Poitevin ’69, his loving wife of 51 years, his nieces, nephews, Godchildren, and four-legged “doggie boy” Kobi. Mike was a man of integrity, generosity, values, and inner strength, and was a treasure to both his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

23 Jan 2020