OBITUARIO

Michael James Caparelli

15 julio , 195230 agosto , 2019
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Michael James Caparelli passed away peacefully on August 30, 2019 at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, after a brave and determined battle with stage 4 cancer.

Michael was born on July 15, 1952 to Louie and Virginia Caparelli. He was the first born of 6 children and raised in Council Bluffs, IA. Growing up he spent summers working as a farm hand for his Uncle Tom in South Dakota, always remembering these experiences fondly and crediting them for his great work ethic and strong grip.

Inspired by another Uncle, Joe, who was a pharmacist, Michael graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Pharmacy in 1975.

While attending school he met his one and only, Rachel Hegland. They married May 28, 1977. Shortly after that, they packed their cars and drove out to San Diego, CA and have lived here ever since. Michael enjoyed his career as a Pharmacist in the San Diego area for over 40 years. His favorite part of the job was the connections he made with customers and coworkers at Point Loma Pharmacy, Tierrasanta Drug, Rite-Aid and finally OptumRx.

Michael considered his family to be his proudest personal accomplishment, raising three children with Rachel and two grandchildren whom he adored. His family was always a priority.

Michael spent his time working on projects around the house, building and fixing things. He always had his own checklist to complete. He loved going to concerts, attending plays and traveling with Rachel. He treasured his grandsons, spending many hours playing with trains, teaching them about tools and reading to them. Every week, Mike was excited for Saturday bike rides and coffee with the “Chain Gang”. He had a weakness for gelato, often “sneaking” a bowl of it before bed. He loved being outside, taking pictures, and sunset walks along the beach with his dog, Mia. He could not stand idle time, always wanting to learn new things, bettering himself and others. Mike was always interested to learn other’s life stories, often making new acquaintances feel like old friends.

Michael was always positive, optimistic, kind and respectful to others. He had a strong sense of faith and dedicated his life to serving his church, Our Mother of Confidence. Michael was an active and devoted parishioner; his faith was evident to anyone who interacted with him. He lived his life by the motto “treat others as you want them to treat you”.

Michael is survived by his wife of 42 years, Rachel. Children: Cara (Anthony), Kathryn and Mark. Grandchildren: Rowan and Austin. Parents: Louie and Virginia. Siblings: Patti, Mary Kay, Jeanne, Louie and David. Many other relatives, friends, coworkers and his loyal dog, Mia.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or a cancer research organization of your choice. Or, get outside and enjoy something active, like a bike ride or walk along the beach.

Servicios

  • Vigil viernes, 13 septiembre , 2019
  • Funeral Mass sábado, 14 septiembre , 2019

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Kayla Sanders

1 octubre , 2019

On behalf of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, please accept our heartfelt and sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Shawn Bjorndal

13 septiembre , 2019

Mike was the best of mentors. When I first took over my position at OptumRx, I was like a deer in headlights. Mike offered to meet with me and met with my every Friday for a year to answer any questions I had about anything related to the business. He always brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to every conversation. No question was too small or big for Mike. He will truly be missed!

Jill Flippin

12 septiembre , 2019

I have been fortunate enough to be on the same team as Mike for most of my career at OptumRx. He and I never met in person, but he always made me feel like a friend of his. My aim was to always make him laugh and one of the ways I accomplished this was by sending him silly pictures. If Mike didn't get his picture on Friday he let me know I failed! My running joke with Mike was that he had just come from surfing with Keanu Reeves and he loved playing along. I am thankful to have known Mike! Attached is the picture that made him laugh the most.

Cathy & Geoffrey Barbaro

11 septiembre , 2019

We were fortunate to meet Mike & Rachel over 40 years ago shortly after we all moved to San Diego and immediately knew we had hit the friend jackpot! Mike will always be remembered for his outstanding character, approachable nature, kind beyond words, very intelligent and fun to be around. We never heard him utter an unkind word about anyone. He contributed a great deal to his beautiful family, to his church, to his career, to all his extended family and friends, neighbors and coworkers. Towards the end we were blessed to see him and witness his courage firsthand and the profound love he had for Rachel, Cara, Kathryn and Mark. His face would literally light up when they were near him which was almost constantly. We all eventually leave this earthly life and many of us worry about what the afterlife holds. With Mike, there is no concern. With a life as well-lived as his, he will most certainly be rewarded. And, the love for him on earth will endure always.

Mary Kay Wilson

9 septiembre , 2019

Mary Kay Wilson

9 septiembre , 2019

Arthur Cormano

5 septiembre , 2019

I met Mike in February of 2000 when I left Savon to chance working in mail order. Mike confirmed my hopes and proved to be a welcoming, effective and caring supervisor who soon became a trusted mentor and friend. Our daily work paths diverged as Prescription Solutions became OptumRx but Mike’s knowledge and expertise in quality, responsiveness and patient perspectives continued to guide me - and management as a whole - to be better. Mike would listen to all points of view in a positive way and look for overlaps with his own convictions, rather than find fault. He did not need to contest and was always quick to laugh. I was very lucky to have projects at work that overlapped with Mike’s. It was a gift to work and laugh together while discussing opportunities for improvement for the pharmacy. Mike was very appropriately recognized as an OptumRx SuperHero and photographed for OptumRx publicity publications because in my opinion, Mike was trust personified.

Mike was also the friend who made sure my wife and I saw some of the best plays to grace San Diego. We shared each other’s successes in Orlando and enjoyed each other’s company on many occasions. Toy trains were a big deal for both of us.

My retirement allowed me to get to know Mike the human SuperHero even better. Again, Mike was my mentor and showed me the way to face extreme adversity with strength, patience, endurance, acceptance and love. He conquered his fears and never gave up. I will miss him. His passing is a heartbreaking loss for us all. I am deeply grateful for all the time we had together and he continues to be with me in my thoughts and heart.

Steve Chase

5 septiembre , 2019

Steve Chase

5 septiembre , 2019

Steve Chase

5 septiembre , 2019

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