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Memory Gardens Funeral Home & Cemetery

8200 Old Brownsville Road, Corpus Christi, TX

OBITUARY

Michael James Giuntoli

April 5, 1969October 21, 2019
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Michael James Giuntoli, 50, passed away October 21st 2019 in the town of his residence, Corpus Christi, TX.

Michael was born in Bakersfield, California on April 5th, 1969 to parents Donna Mae Rockow and James Mike Harbin. Anyone who knew Michael, knew he was proud to be from the hometown of KoЯn, Adema, Kevin Harvick, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and of course, Arnie’s love child. Michael graduated from Bakersfield High in 1987 and earned an Associate of Arts degree from Peninsula College in 1997. He was married to Stephanie Olson on June 21st, 1991.

Michael spent almost 4 years in the California National Guard Reserves before joining the US Coast Guard active duty in January 1991. What followed was 29 years of lifelong service to his country in the Coast Guard, advancing to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer on January 1st, 2016. Michael started his career in the US Coast Guard at basic training in Cape May, NJ. He continued to advance through his career, serving in Mobile, AL and continuing on to avionics school in Elizabeth City, NC.

He and Stephanie started their family while at their first duty station in Kodiak, AK with the birth of their son, Tyler. Michael and Stephanie then transferred to Air Station Port Angeles, in Port Angeles, WA where they were blessed with their daughter, Madison. After that they transferred to Air Station Opa-Locka in Opa-locka, FL where he was given the opportunity to represent the US Coast Guard at a NASCAR race in Phoenix, AZ. This call to service allowed Michael to meet his favorite NASCAR driver, Kevin Harvick. As Michael continued his service he was stationed at Air Station San Francisco in San Francisco, CA, back to Opa-locka, FL and then finally, to Air Station Corpus Christi here in Corpus Christi, TX. Since becoming a Chief, Michael was an integral member of the Coast Guard Chief's Mess. Michael was the Chief of the Mess here at Sector-Air Station Corpus Christi.

The US Coast Guard was Michael’s greatest passion. He believed in the US Coast Guard mission and truly lived Semper Paratus.

For the past several years Michael has been a friend of Bill W. He worked in the community to help others and his impact was felt in every endeavor he undertook. His other interests included tuning his truck, spending time with his German Shorthaired Pointer dogs, NASCAR (especially Kevin Harvick), and fly fishing. Michael was also a strong study of the English language and valued proper grammar in both spelling and his everyday encounters.

Michael is survived by his wife Stephanie, his children, Tyler and Madison, his sister Julie, and his mother and step-father, Donna and Charles.

A viewing is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 27th, 2019 at Memory Gardens Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28th, 2019 at the Coast Guard Sector/Airstation. Both the viewing and funeral service will be open to the public.

To leave an online condolence to the family, please visit our website at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/corpus-christi-tx/michael-giuntoli-8899963.

  • FAMILY

  • Stephanie Giuntoli, Spouse
  • Tyler Giuntoli, Son
  • Madison Giuntoli, Daughter
  • Julie Comey, Sister
  • Donna Giuntoli and Charles Mann, Mother and step-father

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 28, 2019

Memories

Michael James Giuntoli

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Frank Mac Donald (LT/AMT2)

November 3, 2019

I had the privilege to serve with Mike at Air Station Miami. Mike was great friend that always shared a kind word, had a sincere interest in people, and gave great, sound advice. His easy smile and perspective was refreshing and he had a way to get to the heart of the matter, He clearly defined the problem and offered a well thought out solution . In reflection, I learned a lot from Mike. He focused on both helping to build-up people and support the mission. I am so much the better for having known him.
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. The world is a much better place for Mike having been here with us.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Frank Mac Donald

Frances Mungia

October 30, 2019

Rest In Peace Master Chief, On behalf of your NEX Uniform shop. It was an Honor to serve you each and every time you walked in the Uniform Shop. I will miss taking care of and making sure your uniforms we're always in top top shape just the way you liked them. You wore those Uniforms with pride. I always made sure the staff knew how to care for your uniforms if I wasn't there. You always counted on me. It was an Honor Sir,🙏🙏 God Bless the Giuntoli Family💙🙏 Frances Mungia, (NEX Uniform Shop)

Jacqueline Crouch

October 29, 2019

Mr. Giuntoli has been a long time resident of mine. He always had a huge smile on his face and was always quick to offer a lending hand when we needed his assistance. He was a true example of the American spirit and will truly be missed. I'll never forget, after Hurricane Harvey the Naval base was mostly empty as we ensured all homes were safe for our military families to return to. I remember his big truck driving up and down the empty streets. He offered his assistance with our inspections so families could make it home sooner. He was always so supportive and he will never be forgotten. I was blessed to have known his kind soul. Sending prayers for his family.

Bryan Goltz

October 29, 2019

Had the great pleasure of serving with Mike in Miami and attending the Chief’s academy with him where he was able to get the Chief’s to take part of the opening ceremony. Have great memories of debating who was the better driver Kevin or Jimmie. Fair winds and following seas shipmate.

Les Morris

October 29, 2019

Will miss you at our Friday evening meeting.

Allen Stahl

October 28, 2019

I had the privilege to serve with Mike at two Air Stations, Port Angeles, Washington, and AirStation Miami. I have many good memory’s of Mike at work and away from work. Mike was always fun to be around.
I’m deeply saddened by Mike’s passing and my heart goes out to his family.
Mike, you will be always in my thoughts and memories like you have always have been.

Rest Peacefully Brother
Allen Stahl AMT 1 Ret (02)

Miles Beardsley

October 28, 2019

I was fortunate to be stationed with Mike three times throughout our careers. Mike genuinely cared about what was going on in people’s lives both at work and outside of work. That’s what made him a great friend, a great Chief, and a great leader. While we were stationed together at San Francisco, Mike would make the climb up the grueling stair case everyday to the AST shop 30 ft above the hangar just to talk and to see how things were going. I will miss our conversations together, his sense of humor, and his laugh. I’m deeply saddened that Mike passed at a young age, however I will be forever grateful of the countless fond memories of serving with him over three tours.

Anthony Castelli

October 27, 2019

To the Giuntoli family, we all lost someone great this week. Mike was in Miami when i showed up for my introduction to Coast Guard Aviation. I feel the Miami Avionics shop at that time was pretty tight and Mike was a good mentor to me. It was on my third tour in Miami (2010-15) when he became more of a friend. He taught me a lot in my begining years as a Chief. We kept in touch here and there via CG Email and Messenger, I know he was looking forward to retirement next year, and he deserved it.
This past week every time a saw an email with funeral details and Mikes name its been unreal, I still cant believe he is gone.
The Coast Guard is a small family and a part of that family was taken from us too early, taken from you too early, but know this, the Coast Guard is still your extended family, Mike would have wanted that from us, and it so shall be.
Once again, sorry for the loss of your husband, father, son, nephew, and our Friend.

Steve Goyette

October 27, 2019

To Stephanie and the entire Giuntoli family, please accept our sincere condolences. We were stationed together in Miami for a short time before he transferred to TX. We quickly became friends, enjoyed our many conversations about life, family, career, and Coast Guard. Memories with Mike: 2012 Christmas Boat Cruise, Carolina Panthers Game, numerous lunch time workouts, 40 mile bike tour through Miami. Mike was home home on leave from TX and attended my retirement, I will always remember that. Mike you will be missed brother.
Sincerely, Leslie and Steve Goyette ( AMTCS, USCG, ret.)

James Ventura

October 26, 2019

Mike helped me become the man I am today . His guidance Suport and love helped to many to count . You will be forever in my heart brother

Rest easy ❤️

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