To view the Memorial Mass, Click Here. To view the Sharing of Memories, Click Here. Miguel Angel (Mike) was born to Jesus Jose Valencia, of Jalisco, and Rita Carerra Valencia, of Durango, in Los Angeles, California, very close to the downtown area. Mike was followed by his sisters Maria and Theresa and two brothers John and Rudy. Along with his siblings, Mike attended St. Vibiana's Grammar School, and he also attended St. Mary's in Boyle Heights, a bit on the eastern outskirts of the city. Mike studied initially at Cathedral High School, and in his teens he joined the Talpa Band where it and he flourished. There Mike played trumpet and tuba. However, Mike completed his senior year at the minor seminary in Cape Girardeau, Missouri because of an admired priest and mentor, Father Cervera. On June 5, 1960 Mike was ordained a Vincentian Father at the seminary in Perryville, Missouri. His parents, aunts and uncles and everyone else were so proud to have a priest in the family. From 1960 to 1965 Mike taught Language Arts and served as a disciplinarian at De Paul Academy, an all boys high school in Chicago, Illinois. In 1965, Mike was missioned to St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Phoenix, Arizona as a parish priest. He became both pastor and superior there from 1969 until 1974. In Denver, Colorado Mike was pastor to Most Precious Blood Parish from 1974 -1979. Subsequently, Mike asked for and received a dispensation. In 1979, Mike returned to Chicago and served as an associate director of undergraduate admissions at DePaul University, and in 1984 he married Diane Dorothy Rhetta. Mike and Diane lived in San Jose, California from 1985, where he continued to work as an associate director of undergraduate admissions, responsible for the recruitment of Latino students and others, at Santa Clara University. In 2001 Mike retired to Tucson, SaddleBrooke, Arizona, which he loved. When Mike was younger, he enjoyed skiing, but he always enjoyed golf, always read and excelled at photography. Mike's most recent passion has been educating people who want to become citizens about the history and greatness of America. Miguel, you were the best man, a wonderful man. You were gentle, loving, kind, brilliant and precious. We thank you for your lifetime of service and for giving us your love, support, care, concern and friendship. You are in our hearts forever and ever.