Michael "Mike" Canada, 77, passed away
Michael “Mike” Carl Canada, of Oceanside, Calif., passed peacefully on July 25, 2017, after a long battle with cancer.
Mike will be laid to rest with full military honors among those with whom he was always the most at ease, his brothers-in-arms, at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2017, at the Committal Service Shelter at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, Calif.
Mike was born on May 2, 1940 in El Dorado, to the late Carl Eugene Canada and Neoma Falkner, but was raised by his maternal grandparents Ewin “Tex” and Emma Falkner. He went to El Dorado High School and was the star pitcher for their baseball team, but contracted double pneumonia, which ended his budding baseball career and delayed his high school graduation a year.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1963 and served several tours in Vietnam as a telecommunications operator. In 1974, the Army selected him for Warrant Officer Candidate School, where he graduated as a Telecommunications Officer that same year. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland while still on active duty. He served in several U.S. and overseas assignments, including tours in Germany and Japan, culminating in an assignment to the U.S. Special Operations Command as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4). In all, Mike would go on to serve his country for more than 40 years, both in uniform and as a civilian. After retiring from the US Army in 1991, Mike changed clothes and services and went on to support the U.S. Marine Corps I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Mike is survived by: his wife of 52 years, Taeko Niwa of Aomori, Japan; his daughter Deborah, LTC, USA (Ret) (husband Scott) Colorado Springs, Colo.; son, Police Sergeant Steven from Richmond, Va.; two grandchildren, twins Bryce and Sydney (15); brother, Pat Jenkins (wife Jade) from Anaheim, Calif.; cousins, Terry Baker, Steven Falkner, Roberta Falkner and Carol Falkner.
Mike was known for his great sense of humor and his unwavering dedication to the military. He was a loyal and honorable man and was loved and respected by many. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation at http://specialops.org or The Fisher House at https://www.fisherhouse.org.
Memories and condolences can be shared by visiting www.tributes.com/Michael-Canada.