Michael Lee McCleskey

Michael Lee McCleskey

July 1960 – January 2021

Michael Lee McCleskey, age 60 of Modesto, California passed away on January 30, 2021 from COVID-19 at Doctor’s Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Mike was born on July 26, 1960 in Ceres, California to Loren and Ruby McCleskey. Mike grew up in the Westport community. He attended Westport Elementary School and graduated from Ceres High School class of 1978. After high school Mike farmed for 36 years, then he went on to work for Jameson Harvesting where he formed a bond with a great group of co-workers and good friends.

Mike was also an avid bass fisherman, he loved taking his boat up to Lake Don Pedro or out to the Delta to fish. For several years, Mike devoted a lot of his time as a volunteer fireman for the Westport Fire Department.

Anyone who knew Mike knew that he loved his family and friends more than anything. Mike was also known for his kind and compassionate spirit. While Mike was in the hospital fighting hard to beat this virus, he wanted all his family and friends to take COVID-19 seriously and remain safe throughout this pandemic.

He is survived by his soulmate Francis Golightly of Modesto, California; children Christopher Golightly of Modesto, California and Nicholas McCleskey of Manteca, California; grandchildren Teyla, Jaden, Zander, and Tara; mother Ruby McCleskey of Modesto, California; brother Walt McCleskey (Jan) of Payette, Idaho; sister Gail Evans (Mike) of Modesto, California; brother Jim McCleskey (Vicki Johnson) Turlock, California; sister Chris Silva of Turlock, California; best friend (cousin) Bill McCleskey of Denair, California; Aunt Billie of Oakdale, California and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Loren McCleskey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Westport Fire Department, 5130 South Carpenter Road, Modesto, California 95358.

5 Comments

  • Rhonda London Myers Blosser February 15, 2021 2:02 pm

    Sending special hugs and condolences to the family. May God comfort you.

  • Brian Boyd February 15, 2021 5:49 pm

    First thing that comes to my mind was how much of a fun loving guy Mike was. To the cruising Whitmore in his orange copper Dodge step side with the Most recent 8 track tape playing like a live concert. The fishing trips out by the pheasant club to ag shop where Mike already knew what he was doing from working in his dad’s shop. My condolences to all the friends and family . Until we meet again my friend good bye

  • Jan McBride February 18, 2021 8:31 pm

    To the McClesky Family…My sincere condolences to you..I’m a friend of Gail’s from way back.So very sorry for your loss.. Unfortunately I know your pain all to well. I lost my brother on Feb 1..2021 due to covid just a few days after Mike. My heart goes out to all..This grief is overwhelming..Praying for all of us that our sweet memories will sustain us as we journey on. I’m with Mike please wear your masks and follow all safety precautions This stuff is real…Thinking of your family..Again so very sorry for your loss..

  • Jan McBride February 18, 2021 8:33 pm

    To the McClesky Family…My sincere condolences. I’m a friend of Gail’s from way back. So very sorry for your loss.. Unfortunately I know your pain all to well. I lost my brother on Feb 1..2021 due to covid just a few days after Mike. My heart goes out to all..This grief is overwhelming..Praying for all of us that our sweet memories will sustain us as we journey on. I’m with Mike please wear your masks and follow all safety precautions, This stuff is real…Thinking of your family..Again so very sorry for your loss..

  • Lisa and Albert Darmousseh February 25, 2021 1:36 pm

    I’ve known this family for many years. I’m sad to hear this news. I remember when Mike’s Dad died. His Mom Ruby is a gem. I wish the McClesky family peace and comfort at this difficult time. To the Evans family,May he rest in peace, gone too soon. Virtual Hugs, remember, memories are forever.

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