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.