Michael Ward (Mike) Morgan died unexpectedly on March 9, 2019, just shy of his 55th birthday. He had asthma his entire life and had been grappling with COPD for several years. Besides sharing the utterly sad news of Mike’s death, we also would like to share a bit of his life story and some fond memories. Born in Hollywood, and raised in Cayucos, Mike was the youngest of three children, and the only son of Lynn and Dale Morgan. In the tourist economy of the Central Coast, Mike started working in restaurants at a young age. In his early adulthood, he moved to San Francisco where he learned the art of being a fine-dining waiter, and it became his career.
Mike kept in touch with Bay Area friends returning frequently for Pride Weekend activities. He moved to Sonora in 1996 to work at Wilma’s Café and Flying Pig Saloon and ended up working in many of the areas dinner houses including the Josephine Room, the National Hotel, Banny’s, (LaTorre’s) Eproson House, and the Willow. His customers will remember his (sometimes biting) wit and charm. From childhood, Mike loved bowling. Though dues and costs were challenging at times, Mike always found a way to get out on the lanes and to be in a league. A lefty, he had a mean hook. He also had a 200+ average, a major point of pride. An Oakland A’s fan, Mike got out to the ballpark when he could. He also loved fishing, which he learned from his father, Dale, who preceded him in death.Mike also was a cat-person and always had at least one pet in the house. He was devoted to his two last furry companions, Thomas and Paddy. He enjoyed music and was a big Pink Floyd fan. He had friend-specific “sayings” such as “Love you long time,” “It’s a burn day,” and many more. While Mike enjoyed friends and family, he was also extremely reclusive. This caused worry; we are grateful he always reached out when he needed to. Mike’s surviving relatives are his mother, Lynn Morgan; sister, Stacy Hesse; nephews, Jarred and Jeremy Pollard, and great-niece, Alana Pollard all located in the Central Coast. He also has a sister and brother-in-law, Wendy Hesse and Dean Zaharias of Sonora; nephew, Seth Zaharias (and Sabra Purdy) in Joshua Tree; nephew, Bryon Zaharias in Joshua, Texas. It’s 4:20 somewhere; smoke a bowl for Mike!