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Stephens and Bean Funeral Chapel

202 North Teilman, Fresno, CA

OBITUARY

William "Mike" Urrutia

September 27, 1937March 11, 2020

Mike Urrutia, age 82. passed way on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, after a valiant fight with cancer. He was born to Joseph and Nadine Urrutia in Fresno on September 27, 1937.

Mike attended Friant Elementary School and then completed two years of high school at Sierra, followed by two years at Madera where he graduated in 1959. He received his bachelor of science degree in Animal Husbandry from the University of California at Davis, CA. In college he made life long friends through the fraternity, Phi Sigma Kappa. He was a member of ROTC followed by service in the Fresno National Guard after Graduation.

On returning home, Mike went to work for his father who was a cattleman. Mike immediately bought 57 cows and began his own operation. When his father retired in 1971, Mike took over the entire business.

Today Urrutia Ranch runs thousands of heads of cattle in Madera, Merced, and Fresno Counties. He also runs cattle in Nevada and until recently Oregon. Serving on the Madera Co. Farm Bureau and the California Livestock Market were important contributions by this steadfast cattleman. He also served as a director and president of Producers Livestock Marketing Association, and he was chairman of the National Livestock Producers Association from 1993 to 1998. He also served on the National Council of Cooperatives. Closer to home, he served as a charter member of the board of directors for the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust. In 2007 he finsihed a 16 year term as director for the Fresno-Madera Farm Credit Association. All of these appointments were followed by years of dedication to the Tri State Cooperation of Sacramento. His most recent contribution has been to serve on the Central California SPCA board of directors in Fresno. He will always be remembered for his respect to the land and its resources and to all animals everywhere.

In 2008 Mike was named Madera Co. Cattleman of the Year. In 2013 he was again named Cattleman of the Year for the Fresno-Kings Co. Cattlemen's Association.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Joseph M. Urrutia and his mother, Nadine North Urrutia, and his stepmother, Delores Mitchell. He is survived by a brother, John Urrutia and his partner in life for over 50 years, Georgette P. Andreis.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Central California SPCA, 103 S. Hughes Ave., Fresno, Ca 93706 or donor's choice.

For everyones safety, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Please check www.stephensandbean.com for updates.

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Anne Marie Urrutia

March 28, 2020

Dear dad: I inherited my intellect tenacity and sense of humor from you. I thank you for those gifts. I wish you well in the afterlife and hope you finally find peace. I love you.

David Pistacchio

March 25, 2020

Sincere sympathy goes out to Mike's family and especially Georgette. For many years I helped Mike travel the world. As his travel agent, I leaned how Mike loved nature and the beauty of other cultures. May happy memories give Georgette peace and comfort in the days to come. God bless!
Sincerely,
David J. Pistacchio

Buster and Shirley Ford

March 23, 2020

Our hearts go out to Georgette. May God comfort you at this time.

Jack and Dana Oyler

March 23, 2020

We were saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Mike was a long time friend of the Oyler family. Hadn't seen him in many years but was always part of conversations when we talked about our old ranch at Millerton and memories of my father in law Jack Oyler Sr. Mike will be greatly missed throughout the cattle industry and the community.

Our sincere condolences,
Jack Jr. and Dana Oyler

Anna Herrera

March 22, 2020

Rest In Peace, Mike, and May Perpetual Light Shine Upon you. I will miss our coffee breaks and chats we enjoyed through these many years. Mike was a great man and I always enjoyed his company. I will miss him.

Christy Sharp

March 22, 2020

This is sad, sad news. Mike was a great and giving man. I always looked forward to seeing him as a child and have thought of him often through the years. R.I.P.

Jan Reed

March 22, 2020

Mike was a good man, very intelligent and showed me a lot of things about cattle. He was respectful, honest and treated me very well. I send deep respect to Georgette.
One time we traded dogs-it's a long story.
He was a man I looked up to. Good, but hard boss. No one thought I'd last 3 months and I was there for almost 15 years. He could make or build anything, one time in the field he invented a portable scale- this was years ago. So much more to say.
I'm so very sorry to hear. God Bless

Steve Fickliin

March 21, 2020

My sincere condolences Georgette.
God Bless,
Steve

NOEL COSCA

March 19, 2020

Our condolences to you after hearing about the passing of Mike Urrutia. We moved here now almost 30 years ago to come work for Mike at the Urrutia Ranch in Friant. I wanted to write you a note to express our gratitude for everything that Mike has done for us.

Robert Davis

March 16, 2020

I didn't know Mike as well as my brother did,Carl and Mike were friends for most of there adult lives,but I do know what a great guy he was. He will be missed by all.

FROM THE FAMILY