Mike passed away peacefully on July 5, 2009 after a valiant fight against esophageal cancer. We will be a little poorer now that he has gone, but he left us a legacy filled with laughter and hope. Mike leaves his loving wife of 32 years, Patricia and his sister Carol DeMarinis of California, plus many close cousins. Mike was born to Margaret and Michael David on June 5, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in the New York area and never lost that New York accent. He was kidded constantly about it, and was always quick with a quip that left you laughing, and in your place. Mike served in the U.S. Navy and was then employed by I.B.E.W. Local 3 in NYC, elevator division. After Mike retired, he and Patricia headed west to begin a new life in SaddleBrooke. Mike immediately took to the outdoors. He loved riding his motorcycle on long rides and was his best when roaming over the desert on his ATV. He also had a love for poker and could be seen almost every Sunday playing Texas Hold Em at Casino Del Sol. He related his bout with cancer as a bad hand of cards. His real love was aviation. Shortly after Mike arrived in Arizona, he began taking flying lessons in Avra Valley, but an eyesight condition curtailed that adventure for him. Instead, he learned to fly radio control airplanes, enriching the lives of a whole new set of friends. To say Mike was a "neat freak", is an understatement. Mike always kept his "toys" spotless and in mint condition. The dust never dared to settle on anything belonging to Mike. His attention to detail showed in everything he did and became a way of life for him. He never did anything halfway, as was evidenced by the model airplanes he built and flew. He will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched here in SaddleBrooke and Oracle. "Happy Landings, Mike!" There will be a Mass for Mike at Santa Catalina Catholic Church in Oro Valley at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of Mike to Casa de la Luz Hospice, 400 W. Magee Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704.