Estep, Michael Joseph On Thursday, July 6, 2006 Michael Estep was overcome by his battle with lung cancer. Michael was born October 12, 1946 in Buchanan, West Virginia. Michael was 59 when he died. He lived in California over two decades, starting in Orange County and later moving to the South Bay. Michael held various positions in the computer industry and most recently worked at Northrop Grumman as a software designer. Michael was well loved and appreciated by all those that came to know him. Michael is survived by his two brothers, David Estep and James Estep, his sister Mary Ann Miller, his nephew Mathew Miller, his niece Genevieve Miller, and his close friends Leila Martinez, Darby Pease, Quinlan Olsson, and Monica Enrique. Michael was an avid reader. He was reading the last three books in his complete collection of near two hundred beautiful volumes of works exploring the nation's cultural heritage and most significant writings published by The Library of America. He also loved all kinds of music including blues, folk, rock, pop, opera, classical, jazz, and country, and he taught himself to play guitar. Michael especially loved and supported live music in his community. He had a wonderful sense of humor, was a kind soul, a generous man, and always uplifting and spirited in his relationships. Michael kept you on your toes with dangling conversations. He was independent yet demonstrated loyalty and caring for the people closest to him with his daily deeds. Michael put a lot of heart and soul and his gift of intellect into every aspect of his life, and each decision and action was deeply personal and delivered with true conviction. In lieu of flowers we invite you to make a donation to your local library or charity of your choice. There will be two opportunities to honor Michael here in the South Bay. A viewing will be held on Wednesday July 12, 2006 from 5 to 9pm at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance. A gathering of friends and celebration of Michael's life will be held on July 23, 2006 starting at 8pm at Cafe Boogaloo, 123 Hermosa Avenue, Hermosa Beach.

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  1. Michael- While I didn’t get the chance to know you well as a cousin, I feel a sense of loss and missed opportunity, that seems so common in my life. God Bless and watch over your freinds and family. Peace man. J.

  2. Even though it’s only through childhood memories I have in knowing you, they were always fun times that I remember. Many hours of you, David, James and Marianne and all of us “Front” kids playing in the yard while our parents visited and caught up with the latest news! God bless you and be with us all! Your cousin, Anne (Front) Focht.

  3. The memories are many and the loss is great… Peace be with you and rest…You are surely in the hands of God…

  4. Uncle Jim, I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for always being strong and supportive. I love you. Keep in touch. Love, Jamie Hess

  5. In memory of my loving eldest brother Michael, may you be in peace with the Lord, Our God in all his Majesty that he bestows upon us.

  6. I think I can speak for all of Mike’s family that we have missed him dearly. As it always left an empty space in our hearts. But are truly grateful for the abundant richness of friends and loved ones he found in his sojourn on this our mother earth. May his journeys continue to find peace and harmony. And may we now embrace the comforting thought that we can share this time, this moment, together, and hold him in our deepest of hearts. Namaste’ Your loving sister, Mary Anne

  7. Oh, how many varied paths our so short lives offer us to choose from. Yet it is not always what path is taken but the manner in which it’s transversed to it’s destination. A brief memory of his influnce was the big brother who showed me in the upside down world of the late 60’s that it really WAS O.K. to like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash at the same time…..and I still do. Michael will be soulfully missed by his family, friends and all those he touched along the way. His memory will live forever on in all our hearts as he now embarks on his next great journey. As always, you will have a place in my daily thoughts and prayers. Your Loving Brother

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