OBITUARY

Michael Trinidad Torres

August 9, 1962June 22, 2020
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Michael Trinidad Torres, age 57, of Fresno, California passed away on Monday June 22, 2020. Michael was born August 9, 1962.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, Services will be private.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.whitehurstsullivan.com for the Torres family.

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Manny G

July 2, 2020

I have to share a story with you. One day i was coming back from selling The Fresno Bee news papers in the downtown area (Fulton Mall) i was just a kid. I was walking home and i decided to walk into this building it was a place i seen people come in and out of. One day i decided to enter this place i could hear beautiful music emitting from it so i walked up these cascading steps to these large doors. I suprisely opened them and looked inside and went in cautiously. I could see lots of people around and i had a clear view in the middle of this bldg. I stood there in awe just looking around my eyes caught this figure walking towards me. A young boy or teen he was standing tall and calm walking right towards me carrying this tall cross, he was proud his works are good. I was consumed drawn in by the whole spectacle i saw HOPE that day. From that point on in my days i would stop by to see this young boy or teen carry this cross again. This always picked me up.
You see years later i met that young boy at the IRS and that young boy was Michael Torres. I was at St Johns Church and Mike was already sharing and giving hope. Mike is in our hearts. God bless Mike and the Family. Give and expect nothing in return we would always say. I will miss you Mike, your friend always love you man, sincerely Manny.

Sallie Maggard

July 1, 2020

Mike dated my sister Dorothy, in 1980 I got PG, I was so scared, I craved starburst, Snickers and Pepsi. This was a very strong craving, It had me in tears every evening, Mike walked up the porch to pick up Dorothy for a date, I was sitting on the lawn crying, he took his finger placed it under my chin looked me in the eyes and wiped my tears away, he said I brought
You a gift I looked down to see it was Starburst, Snickers two whole cases. A 24 pack of Pepsi. He said pretty ladies should never cry, I hugged him so tight He said if your baby is born on my birthday will buy you a keg of beer, my son was born August 9 1980 Mike Thank you I know your in Heaven, you touched my life that summer and you will always be dear to my soul spirit and ❤️.




Alice McClintock

June 30, 2020

Michael was the eldest of our cousins and I will always remember him as a natural leader, calm, stoic, kind, and so very generous. My fondest memory of him is of a time in 1979 when our families took a trip to the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco to see the King Tut exhibit. This was a big deal at the time! I was about 8 years old and Michael noticed I was struggling to see the tall display with King Tut’s famed mask. He walked over to me and picked me up so that I could reach the display. There I was, with Michael, face-to-face staring at the huge golden mask! I’ll never forget that experience! Thank you, Michael for always being such a kind heart. I pray you are at peace and that Grandma and Grandpa Juarez welcomed you to heaven with open arms. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with Aunt Polly, Uncle Trini, Marie, Joseph and their entire family.
Love,
Alice Cabral McClintock

Beverly Fisher

June 30, 2020

Sending my deepest sympathies to the family. I will always remember Mike’s smile and how calm he always was at work. May he rest in peace until we see him again. Lord send your Holy Spirit to comfort his family✝️

Gary Orozco

June 30, 2020

“Beacon 460...” was the identifying phrase uttered quickly and in a deep voice every time I called Mike at the gas station, one of the centers of our universe back in the early 1980s.
Mikey was the guy who brought us there: Bal, Tim, Roy, Homer, Dave, Chaparro, and a couple of other colorful characters. Mike’s parents had so much trust in their 18 year old son and his choice of friends that we all gravitated there shortly after high school. We slung gas, beer, and cigarettes and got to know all the cops and local folks who became regular characters in Mike’s young life.
By 1981, we all worked at Beacon, Mike had stopped wearing his RHS letterman’s jacket and moved on to his BLACK LEATHER VEST. That vest went everywhere! It went to the Chinatown saloon we foolishly entered to play pool one night after work until a wild west like skirmish broke out and broken glass was flying. We all felt safe nonetheless having Mike there with us. The vest was worn to the Talking Heads show in SF and that wild INXS show at the Crazy Horse saloon at 99 & Clinton (remember that place?!) The vest was part and parcel of the white, seemingly supercharged AMX that we cruised in a number of times. We all liked tossing the river rock at the gas and run thefts, too! Civil liability had yet to become part of our lexicon. Assaulting a threatening customer was a no-no too (Homer!)
A short while back, I told my adult kids about those vibrant times and now, I share my memories of Mike with them and what a decent, kind, and generous friend he was. I regret that we had not gotten together in more than a decade but the memories of him and our friends and the good times we had will have to suffice in this time of sorrow. The Beacon Boys stand tall for Mike!
I send Mr & Mrs Torres and Joe and Marie my heartfelt sympathies. Thank you for sharing Mike with me and the fellas.
Sending a warm hug, draped with love and a quiet peace
Rest peacefully, Mikey.
-Gary

sam diaz

June 30, 2020

I worked with Mike for a few short years but in that time he was always helpful, Giving advise and words of encouragement to me. Always telling me that with hard work things would get better. And to take advantage of opportunities in front of me. He will definitely be missed.

Rest in peace big Mike!!!!!

Jacque Johnson Tripp

June 30, 2020

I met Mike through work. I had just returned to Fresno in 2007 & he was one of the few that helped me navigate through the different buildings. He quickly became a friend and listened when I was having difficulty. I retired in 2011 & life prevented me from keeping up with him. Mike was a good man both professionally & privately. Family was important to him, always making sure his Mom & Dad were ok. He so loved his sister. Such a hard working man. He would spend long hours at work, then tend to the family business.
I'm so sorry that we didn't keep up, put I'm grateful that I can call him friend. I will keep you all in my prayers & I'll see you again Mike.
God is lucky to have him.

Anita Armenta

June 29, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss, our world is a little dimmer without him. Mike was an amazing person, I had the pleasure to have worked with him for many years. He would always help anyone in need and would always have a smile. He will be truly missed.

Pam Higgins

June 29, 2020

I've worked with Mike for years at the IRS. He was a quiet, gentle man who was always willing to help. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of Mike. Wishing you peace & grace at this difficult time.

Gerald Franco

June 29, 2020

I knew Big Mike for many many years from working with him. I have no words to express my sorrow at his loss. He was a force of nature that can never be replaced. He was truly a gentle giant. My last memory of him was a conversation in the hallway at work. He told me "Mr Franco, you are in charge of this side of the building, I'll take the other". I wont let you down. God bless the family.

FROM THE FAMILY
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Mike's Christmas in 1966 @ the age of 4 years old

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Mike's all smiles with his birthday scooter @ 4

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Mike at 1 with his dog

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Mike celebrating his 5th birthday with a huge smile

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Mike celebrating new years 2000 with brother Joe in Laughlin, Nevada

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Mike @ Knotts Berry Farm @4

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Mike @ Knotts Berry Farm on the same dog 12 years later

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Mike's family at Auntie M's wedding in Reno Nevada 12-1992

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Mike @ Knotts Berry Farm.
This is why he's always liked Indian artifacts