A brilliant star was extinguished from life all too soon when precious son, brother, and friend of many left to join our Lord & Savior in heaven. Michael J. Fickling was born October 16, 1952 in Newport Beach, California, grew up and was schooled in Laguna Beach, CA, graduated from Laguna Beach High School. On Dec. 14, 1990, Michael successfully completed the Prescribed Program of Electronics Engingeering Technology and was awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree from ITT Technical Instute.
Michael will be remembered as an extraordinary musician who excelled in drumming, entertaining with his very own group, Second Helping, the Peter Dobson Band, popular Laguna Beach Art Festivals, and magically styling rhythms to please audiences from Southern California Night Clubs, to River 47 Church in Orange. Michael was especially grateful to have entertained the world over with The Darryl Mansfield Christian Band which took him to a multitude of foreign countries. Let’s also recall a second happiness in Laguna Beach when Dog Grooming inspired his unusual concept of washing family dogs together rather than separately thus giving pets a fun time together rather than an upsetting experience, typical of his appreciation for creatures big and small. Michael would not even swat a fly, rather ushered insects carefully out the door.
God took Michael lovingly home following a very sudden cerebral hemorrhage on March 17, 2018. God bless this sensitive, loving son, brother, friend. May dear Michael remain forever in Heaven, the place to be for which he long prayed.