In Memory

Michael Garvey

Michael Garvey

Michael James Garvey

March 14, 1943 - December 19, 2020

On Saturday, December 19, 2020, Michael James Garvey, loving husband and father of four, passed away at his home at the age of 77 after a long illness. Michael was born on March 14, 1943 in Olwein, Iowa to Michael Sr., and Sophie Garvey. He received a degree in Mathematics from the University of San Francisco, in 1965. Michael married his wife Kathleen (Kitty) Kent in 1969, and together they raised four children, Patrick, Timothy, Daniel, and Brigid. Michael was an entrepreneur starting several successful businesses over the course of his lifetime including Zeta Systems, a computer programming company, and Crestwood Communities, a local home builder and developer. Michael had a passion for learning. Over the course of his lifetime, he taught himself Spanish, quantum physics, new computer languages, and always kept up with the latest in technological advances. He also had a habit of picking up new and interesting hobbies over the years. He and Kitty traveled to Antarctica in 2007, just one of many memorable trips taken. Michael was an avid reader and was rarely without a book. While he may not have had the same love for big social occasions as his wife, he supported her without fail and the many charities they supported. Michael was known for his intellect, kindness, sense of humor, and love of family. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Michael Sr., his mother, Sophie, and son, Timothy. He is survived by his wife Kathleen; his three children and their spouses, Patrick (Trang), Daniel (Marie), and Brigid Garvey Adkins (Antwine); seven grandchildren, Aidan, Keira, Jameson, Hailey, Brayden, Ada, and Isaiah; three siblings, John Garvey, Sister Helen Garvey, SNJM, and Joan Keaton; and many nieces, nephews, friends and family too numerous to list but not forgotten. A funeral service will be he1d on Friday, January 22, 2021 at St. Dorothy Catholic Church in Glendora at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Sisters of Holy Names in Campbell, California or Mary's Mercy Center in San Bernardino, California.

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01/17/21 07:20 AM #3    

Robert Neilan

 I remember Mike from St. Anselm's, Marin Catholic and USF.  Always freindly and cheerful, with a smile that made his face like a map of Ireland.  He was a rare combination of fun and laughter and a remarkable intelect. 

Condolences to the family. May he rest in peace.

Bob Neilan

01/17/21 03:05 PM #4    

Maureen Sheridan (Scott)

I also remember Mike from St. Anselm's and Marin Catholic.  I remember the great big smile he always had on his face and his fun laughter in all sorts of situations.  My thoughts and prayers to his wife and family.  Maureen Sheridan Scott


01/17/21 03:16 PM #5    

Gary Ragghianti

I met Mike when I was 10 at St Anselm's. Then MC and finally USF.

He had an infectious laugh and was wicked smart. His obit indicated he had a successful and interesting life and wonders family.

May he Rest In Peace 






01/18/21 06:23 AM #6    

Joan Moran

Mike was a gentle man. He radiated goodness. I was always happy to speak with him and enjoy his presence. Four years in high school at Marin Catholic - and I still remember this peaceful man. He will be missed.

01/18/21 11:23 AM #7    

John Clancy

Met Mike at Marin Catholic and then USF.  He was always smiling, happy and witty.  May he Rest In Peace. 

01/18/21 02:23 PM #8    

Jo Dodson (Stockwell)

I met Mike at Marin Catholic. I think we went to a dance or two together, and I remember seeing him at the 50th reunion. We were going to chat. Something interupted us and it didnt happen.  I think Beth's description of Mike as a gentleman is so fitting. Truly a lovely person. Safe travels, Mike



01/19/21 11:42 AM #9    

David Fitzharris

I can only reinforce what everyone else has said.  I knew Mike at MC and can't think of anyone who didn't think well of him.  He was a great guy with a warm grin.  Just like the one on this page.

01/19/21 12:01 PM #10    

Gerald Crowe

Like many others I spent 16 years of schooling with Mike from St.Anselm's thru USF.We served our first mass together as altar boys with Monsignor McGarr.What a mess.We missed half our responses and got a big ass chewing.Played on the Fire Dept. in little league together and shared an apartment in college.I'll never forget Mike coming home at 6:30 am in 1963 after being up all night at UC Berkeley.He and a math teacher had been programming and he had a stack of papers full of binary numbers.He was so excited you would have thought he had gotten laid. After USF Mike moved to Southern California and went to UCLA for computer Science.He lived with Costello in Manhattan Beach and we stayed in contact as I was in San Bernardino. I'll never forget one time calling addition "math" and Mike said " Jerry, that's not math.Its arithmetic." Great guy who I kept thinking I needed to call or see.Now it's too late.

01/20/21 05:43 AM #11    

Frank Dolman

Junior year, Father Poggi math class, Mike Garvey,Bob Egisti, and I had a gift of being good in math. We caught on, phoned each other at night to compare homework solutions. That helped me immensely get adjusted and became my major in college.  I owe Mike . We are blessed to meet cool people in our lives. Mike was very cool.


01/20/21 09:18 AM #12    

Marianna Keesmaat (Paris)

When I received notice of Mike Garvey I took out my photo of us dressed in our formal wear. What fond memories I have a fun friend. 

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