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“I miss my big brother and will always remember life's lessons that he taught me. So long bud. ”
1 of 6 | Posted by: Patrick Jenkins - Anaheim, CA

“I love and miss you daddy ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Deborah Canada - Colorado Springs, CO

“Loved our friendship. V ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Julie Hayden - El Dorado, KS

“RIP, Mike. We'll miss you! ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Monte and Connie Stewart - Tulsa, OK

“I will miss him and his humor very much. ”
5 of 6 | Posted by: Don Foster - Walkersville, MD

“Our most sincere condolences to you and you family. We had the utmost love and respect for Mr Canada. Rest In Peace, Sir. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Maria Cohen - Woodbridge, VA


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Michael Carl Canada, of Oceanside, California passed peacefully on 25 July, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.
Mike was born 2 May 1940 in El Dorado, Kansas 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 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 US and overseas assignments including tours in Germany and Japan, culminating in an assignment to the US 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 US Marine Corps I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) at Camp Pendleton, California.
Mike is survived by his wife of 52 years, Taeko Niwa of Aomori, Japan, his children, daughter Deborah, LTC, USA (Ret) (husband Scott) Colorado Springs, CO; son Police Sergeant Steven from Richmond, VA; two grandchildren, twins Bryce and Sydney (15), brother Pat Jenkins (wife Jade) from Anaheim, CA and cousins Terry Baker, Steven Falkner, Roberta Falkner and Carol Falkner.
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