Michael John Corning

September 19, 1970May 12, 2019

Michael John Corning was born on September 19, 1970 in Chula Vista, California and passed away on May 12, 2019 in Palm Springs, California.


30 May


5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Glen Abbey Mortuary Chapel

3838 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902

31 May

Memorial Service

10:00 am

Glen Abbey Mortuary Chapel

3838 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902

31 May


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Glen Abbey Little Lodge


Michael John Corning

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Michael LeBrun

May 15, 2019

Started racing at Cocopah Speedway in 1991, raced for about 7 years then started working at the track as an official. Michael and Larry Corning were always a fixture at the track. Will definitely miss Mikes presence. RIP Michael.


      If there was ever a person who wanted to heal all the wrongs in the world, it was Michael John Corning. He was an idealist who sought to help those around him. Even though Michael was generous, it was sometimes difficult for him to boast about his accomplishments. Michael had strong personal convictions, making it hard for him to relinquish those ideals he held dearest to himself. Despite his outer strengths and beliefs, Michael sometimes struggled in his efforts to see the world as completely positive. Michael's life motto was always to hope for the best and work hard towards that end, but be prepared for some of life's disappointments. This philosophy was a continual driving force in his life, but it did not extinguish the bright light that defined the dreamer in Michael, something that was always there and that he readily shared with everyone around him.

      Michael was born on September 19, 1970 at Bay General Hospital in Chula Vista Ca. His parents were Larry and Patty Corning. Michael was raised in Imperial Beach, California. He was a compassionate person, a quality that he would carry with him throughout his life. Even at a young age, Michael was sensitive to animals and they would flock to his caring soul.

      Michael was raised with one sibling. He had an older sister, Shelly. Michael and Shelly had the typical rivalries while growing up, but they cared deeply for one another.

      As a young boy, Michael lived a childhood filled with fantasy. He was generally in pursuit of his own identity, but he was also adaptable to almost any situation he faced. In his spare time he liked fishing, hunting and anything outdoors. However, to Michael, the most fun to be had was riding on anything with wheels, and spending time with his many friends.

      High school was a time for Michael to seek out knowledge. He enjoyed learning and had a natural interest in gathering information. He graduated from Mar Vista High School in 1988. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes were autoshop and cooking. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Clarkson.

      Blessed with a strong sense of integrity, Michael was as loyal and committed in his work as he was in the rest of his life. Michael worked well with fellow employees and showed great cooperation in reaching common goals. Though he had a tendency to take on too many tasks, himself; Michael showed great patience with complicated situations. He was ingenious and trusted his intuition. For Michael, the application of logic could be optional, and while that sometimes bothered his co-workers, Michael always seemed to be able to get the job done. He was most comfortable working on the projects and jobs that he strongly supported. His primary occupation was industrial mechanic and welder. Michael always tried to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Michael enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were racing cars and fishing. Michael was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but he was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Michael's tremendous enthusiasm for the activities he enjoyed also influenced the pleasure he drew from sports. Mike started racing at 14yrs old in the late 80s and went on to race all over the country winning several track and regional championships. Michael also enjoyed watching sports and liked following his favorite teams whenever he got the chance to do so.

      Being a selfless person, Michael did not seek approval from his peers, but he valued the recognition he received for his good deeds. Some of his most prestigious awards included National IMCA Champion in 1996.

      Michael was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. His family was his two dogs, Oso and Baby.

      Michael passed away on May 12, 2019 at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Ca. Michael had a massive stroke after being involved in a rollover racing incident. He is survived by his father Larry and sister Shelly.

      Michael John Corning was someone who was able to see the world as a good and honorable place. He viewed the people who inhabited it as essentially good. A person who tended to see the world in terms of black and white, Michael tried to focus on the good he saw, knowing that there were times he would have to compromise. He was selfless and deeply committed to all things positive and good. Michael was a person who would keep his eye on tomorrow and constantly held onto his dreams. He was capable of being mystical at times, and he could be the seer or shaman of a group. It was this exceptional insight and quiet reserve that that became Michael's trademark qualities for all who knew him, and it was one of the many reasons why all who knew him loved Michael John Corning.