Michael McCandless was born in Torrance, the fourth child of Barbara and Harrison C. McCandless, M.D. on May 14, 1959. Mike grew up in Redondo Beach and Palos Verdes enjoying music, the beach, springboard diving and good times with family, friends and church. He sang in church and school choirs and in recent years rejoined vocal music at his church in Indian Wells. Mike was also a competitive springboard diver in high school and college years as well as a diving coach and a high dive performer at Marineland of the Pacific. Mike always felt the call of God in his life. He returned to graduate school at Fuller Theological Seminary and then Bethel Seminary earning a Master of Divinity in Hebrew and Greek. At the time of his death Mike had been involved in Kairos Prison Ministry and had decided to pursue Baptist ordination to more fully answer his call to Christian ministry. Mike was enthusiastic about many things: genealogy, cooking, music, hiking, naval war history and much more. But mostly he was thrilled to be father to his son David whom he loved with all his heart. Michael was predeceased by his father, Harrison C. McCandless, M.D. He is survived by his son David Mitchell McCandless, his mother Barbara McCandless, brothers Bob (Nancy) McCandless and Rick (Kathy) McCandless, sister Linda (Jeff) Courchaine, nieces, nephews, aunt, cousins and friends. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at Rice Mortuary Chapel from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. A private entombment will be held at Pacific Crest Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations in Mike's name be made to Kairos Prison Ministry, PO Box 276, Imperial, CA 92251.

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  1. I will miss Mike’s passion, spirit and smile. He was a good friend to everyone he met, I glad I had a chance to call him my friend. Peace to him and to those he leaves behind.

  2. I am so incredibly saddened by the sudden death of my dear friend Mike. We have been friends for many years since 1984. I met him while working at his dad’s medical practice. We have been in and out of each others lives for many years, but have recently become very close during this past year. I will greatly miss his smile, his sense of humor and laugh, his intellectual mind and communication skills, and his passion for life and for the things he believed in. He loved his son David and his family with everything within him, he was very proud of his family. He was a genuinely kind, caring, tender-hearted person with a friendly personality who knew no stranger. He was passionate about his God and His people, and used his many gifts and talents to help others. He had a heart for hurting people. What a tremendous honor to have known him and had him a part of my life. Mike, you have made a mark on my heart and I will forever love and miss you!!! ♥ ♥

  3. I am so disheartened to hear of Michael’s death. I will always remember him as the young, enthusiastic man I worked with at Redondo FUMC: a fine singer, soloist, and bell ringer. Oh how he will be missed. My heart goes out to all the McCandless family in this time of loss.

  4. I am so sorry to learn of Mike’s untimely passing. He loved life, gave inspiration to many and made everyone around him better for knowing him. Thank you for giving us great memories Mike!

  5. My prayers are with Michael’s family. We had just reconnected and I had enjoyed several conversations via the internet with Michael. I remember him as a fine young man full of energy and always willing to help. May the Lord bless those who remain.

  6. Mike will be missed by so many people he touched throughout his life. I hope that his faith helped brought some degree of comfort as he made this final transition. To those of us who knew Mike in high school he leaves many warm memories of a caring, giving person – a true friend. Thank you, Mike!

  7. We were so sorry to hear about Michael’s passing. It’s so hard to lose a loved one, especially so young. We will remember him with fondness. May God bless all his family. Lovingly, Tom and Thelma

  8. Really sorry to hear Mike passed away. I remember that his Dad was a Dr. because my step-Dad,Dr. Curwen, mentioned his name. Mike was in my singing class at PVHS w/ McRoberts. Good times! Keep singing Mike!

  9. I was so saddened to find this when searching for friends from PVHS. Mike and I were good friends and shared a lot of High School adventures in PV and Europe. He was a genuinely honest and caring person. The good die young. I’ll be looking for you Mike..

  10. I was shocked and so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing, having also reconnected recently with him. My memories of some high school friends are a bit faded, but Mike stood out as a wonderful, friendly person who cared about everyone. May God wrap his arms around David and all of his family and give them comfort.

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