Michael "Mike" Edward Thornton passed away at the age of 67 on Nov. 16, 2017, doing what he loved, dancing at Black Oak Casino. Mike was born on Sept. 19, 1950, in Maryland. He moved to Sonora from the Bay Area in 1987 and worked at Comcast for over 25 years. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his life partner, Diana Volponi; and his parents, John and Betty Thornton.
Mike is survived by his two daughters, Shannon Rollins and Aleen Lewis (Joe); his grandchildren, Chase Rollins, McKenzie Rollin and Cash Lewis; his brother, Keith Thornton; sister, Beatrice Jarrell; and many, many close friends.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Crystal Falls Clubhouse, 21725 Crystal Falls Drive, Sonora.