Birney, Michael Terry Michael Birney, of Newport Beach, California, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed peacefully in his home surrounded by his l oving family on December 09, 2015. He was 71.
Mike is survived by his wife, Marcy; his daughter, Barbara and her husband Alan; his grandchildren, Brittany and Michael; and brother, Bruce and his wife Barbara.
Mike was born in Torrance California, October 22nd, 1944, the first son of Charles and Rudella Birney. His family moved when he was 10 years old to Anaheim, California where Mike attended school, graduating from Anaheim High School in 1962.
He was a gifted athlete in high school, and kept company always with the best and brightest in his class. He especially enjoyed the car culture of the 50’s and 60’s and boasted the fastest car in the school during his senior year.
He attended Fullerton College, excelling in business and accounting classes that underpinned a stellar business career to follow.
In 1964 Mike met his life’s love, Marcia Jahn whom he married in 1965. Marcy and Mike just recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They had one beautiful daughter, Barbara in January 1966.
Shortly after college, he moved quickly into a long and flourishing business career choosing the challenges of the industrial painting industry, a family business going back three generations.
Mike excelled in his business pursuits and along with his wife, built one of the foremost industrial coatings companies in the nation, Techno Coatings, Inc. of Anaheim, California, just celebrating its 40 anniversary.
He was the founding member and President of the Southern California Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) Chapter, which became one of the largest in the state.
He was active in the philanthropic community as well, supporting many causes, most especially Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Mike was also active in the political arena supporting conservative candidates and causes throughout his entire life.
Mike was an avid golfer, classic car collector, boatman, fisherman and runner who enjoyed attending theater, sporting events and concerts while always surrounded by his wife and family and a wonderful group of friends. Mike and Marcy traveled the world extensively enjoying exotic and wonderful destinations together.
Mike will be missed greatly by all of the many whose lives he touched. He will be remembered as the most loving and most generous man, who always had a twinkle in his eye, always pushed the boundaries, always insisted on the very best and stood tall as friend to everyone.
Memorial Services for Mike were held at Pacific View Cemetery in Newport Beach, California on Friday December 18, 2015.