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Fillmore City Cemetery
Thursday October 15th, 2020

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Michael Otto Figueroa

Fillmore, UT- Michael Otto Figueroa, 76, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2020, at his Fillmore Home, in the loving arms of his wife, son, daughter, and brother.  He was born December 26, 1943, in Los Angeles, California to Jessie Albert Figueroa and Elsie Lea.

He married Andrea Ashcraft-Hightower October 10, 1987, at the Fern Grotto, Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii.  He was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California and attended Lourdes Elementary School and Cantwell High School and Cal-State San Bernardino University.  He continues his education and obtained his Master’s Degree in 1985. 

He lived in Southern California until his retirement in 1994, when he moved to Seligman, Arizona to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a Cowboy.  He moved his “ranch” to Fillmore, UT, in 2009.

Prior to completing his college education he joined the U.S. Army, where he was promoted quickly to Lieutenant, and served as a Combat infantryman in Vietnam, 1967 to 1968.  He received two Bronze Star medals for Valor and Bravery in combat

Upon his return from military service, he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff.  Several years into his law enforcement career, he transferred to the City of Riverside Police Department in California; where he rose to the rank of Deputy Chief of Police, before his retirement in 1994. 

He loved to play the guitar, clarinet and harmonica.  He took up horseback riding and roping during his time in Arizona.  He was a member of several Old West Re-enactment groups and performed cowboy skits in California, Arizona and Utah. 

He had a great fondness for Hawaii and travelled there with Andrea and his children on many, many trips.

His most violent dislike was onion, in any form and his greatest love was dark chocolate.  Michael was an accomplished runner for middle distance races and won too many races, trophies and medals to try and list.  He was invited to run in competitions all across the United States, and as far away as Japan.

His words and actions were inspirational to all who knew him.  While he was a mentor to so many, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.  Nothing gave him more pleasure than imparting bits of wisdom into their lives. 

He is survived by his wife, Andrea; still living in Fillmore, his son Jeff with his wife Karyn; his daughter Noelle, with her husband, Micah Harmer, of Riverside County, California;  Step-daughter Randi, with her husband David Lucas, of Peoria, Arizona; grandchildren: Dylan Figueroa of Oceanside, CA; Cameron Figueroa of McCall, Idaho; Brittyn Figueroa, of Riverside, CA; Max Harmer of Upland, CA; Madison Harmer of Temecula, CA and Camp Pendleton, CA; Peter and Brendan Carlson, of Peoria, AZ; Brother: Art Figueroa of Chico, CA; and 7 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, James A Figueroa.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday October 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM at the Holy Family Mission Catholic Church, in Fillmore, UT. Funeral Services will be at the Guerra & Gutierrez Mortuary (5800 E. Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles) on October 31 at 9:00 AM.  Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery (966 Potrero Grande Dr, Monterey Park, CA) October 31, at 12:00 noon. Arrangements are under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com.

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Mick Figueroa served as a platoon leader and executive officer in Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment in 1967 and 1968. During this time, Mick, along with the rest of the Braves of the 3/12 fought tenaciously in the Battle of Dak To. On behalf of the over 200 veterans and family members of the 3/12 Infantry Vietnam Veterans Facebook Group, we salute Mick for his faithful service to our nation. Steadfast and Loyal, Braves Always First.
Mark Coonrad - Administrator - 3/12 Infantry Vietnam Veterans Facebook Group.

Mark Coonrad Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

Thank you so much Mark. This salute from 3/12 means so much to us. I am and always will be so incredibly proud of my dad for his service. To every service member past and present, I salute you. With appreciation and respect, Noelle.

Noelle Figueroa Harmer Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

Beautiful sentiments David, thank you from all of us and thank you for your service. This just does not seem real, he was our Superman and was a good dad too. My deepest gratitude to all of you. Respectfully, Noelle.
P.S. would love to stay in touch.

Noelle Figueroa Harmer Oct 20 2020 12:00 AM

Mike was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was lived by his Riverside Police Department family and will be missed by all. Mike was my friend on FB as well as working with him as my Captain. He was a quiet soul but had a funny bone in him. Prayers to the family.

Christine sheffield Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

I remember when I was a rookie just starting with RPD he was so helpful and patient. He was a great watch Commander, but more importantly he was a great person and a great Cop. Rest In Peace my friend.
May the Almighty comfort you all during this time. And may you not know sadness anymore.
All the Best,
Lenny Novotne

Lenny Novotne Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

Mick, I am going to miss you. You have been my rock when I needed advice or encouragement. You always remembered my special days, and could always feel me when I just needed that phonecall. You were one very special man who will always remain in my heart. Rest in peace beautiful man.
My condolences to Andrea and family.

Pauline Rebecca Brunt Oct 16 2020 12:00 AM

Michael was my executive officer during 1967-68 in Vietnam with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.
I would like to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dear loved one. The Bible assures us that God sees our pain and sorrow, and he promises at Isaiah 25:8; that "He will swallow up death forever" and wipe away the tears from all faces." At John 5:28,29 it reads "The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out. May the family, look forward to the fulfillment of these and all of God's promises. He cannot lie (Titus 1:2).
My condolences to the family. May God comfort you during this time of sorrow.

Colonel, (then Captain) U.S. Army (Retired) David Foye Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

This is Helen Martinez-Sanchez reflecting on the passing of Mickey. I have wonderful memories of the Figueroa family. Nina Elsie was one of the kindest woman I knew and together with Nino Jesse raised wonderful sons. All Figueroa boys were successful and served our country in admirable ways. Mickey sure had a full and interesting life! He was a credit to his parents, his family and fellow Americans. Honor was definitely important to Mickey and Im sure his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren will always reflect on Mickeys life accomplishments. And though our families lost contact throughout the years, our memories of our youth continue to make us smile and reflect the respect and love of the Figueroa family. May Hod Bless and welcome Mickey to His beautiful Universe of love and may all of Mickeys family find peace in knowing he is blessed. Love and prayers from Helen and Richard Sanchez

Helen and Richard (Martinez) Sanchez Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Figueroa

Helen and Richard (Martinez) Sanchez Oct 15 2020 12:00 AM

We have such respect for Figueroa's they have been so good to our family. They made sure to give our kids a special treat at Halloween. I had the privilege of getting to know Figgi when I worked at the hardware store. I am sad to hear of his passing but glad his mortal body is at rest. We send our love to his family and pray for comfort for their hearts.
-Eben Leatham family

Crystal Leatham Oct 14 2020 12:00 AM

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