March 4th, 2023, is the day Michael John Camarillo made it safely home to live eternity with our Heavenly Father, so let us rejoice and be glad.
Alicia, Eva, & Tommy were only a few of the lucky ones who knew a love so big that even on their worst days, they never questioned his love for them.
Mike was born on March 19, 1969, in Rockford, IL to Fred Camarillo and Anna Stewart. At the age of 26, he married the love of his life, Alicia Thompson. To this love, they were blessed with 2 children: Eva, 15 years old and Tommy, 12 years old. Together they lived most of their married life in Joplin, Missouri.
Mike cherished time with his family, including his beautiful sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and countless other family and friends. He was gifted at forming long-lasting and meaningful relationships. Mike enjoyed many things. He had big dreams and it showed in the homes he designed and built for so many families throughout his career. He loved racing, outdoors, but mostly spending time with family and friends. Mike was not free of mistakes or crazy shenanigans; he was not afraid to have more fun than he should occasionally. Mike was a giver. He was not one to stand by and watch his family, friends or even strangers want for anything. If he had it or could obtain it, he gave it with an open heart and never looked back. That is who Mike was. To know him was to love him and love him big. If you knew Mike, you know how he loved his bacon-burgers and beer.
Mike was diagnosed and ultimately passed from Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). There is still much to learn about this disease. To memorialize Mike’s life and in honor of his upcoming birthday, 3/19/1969, the family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made, to help with the research to find a cure for FTD. Our goal is to raise $31,969.00, the amount to match his date of birth, in Mike’s name to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD).
Your donation can be made by:
- Using the QR code to access the tax-deductible page dedicated to Mike
- Sending a check made payable to AFTD, 2700 Horizon Drive, Suite 120, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (note: Mike Camarillo)
It is our hope that as we celebrate Mike’s life, we continue to build his legacy as we build awareness of this horribly debilitating disease that robbed so many of us of his beautiful smile and zest for life too soon. Rest in Peace Mike…. until we meet again!
Mike is survived by his wife, Alicia, his daughter Eva, and son Tommy
Parents: Fred Camarillo, Anna & David Stewart, Glenn & Eva Thompson, and Mary Jane & Ramiro Balderrama.
Siblings: Angie Camarillo, Jennifer (Mark) Collins, Tracie (Steve) Anderson, Misty Thompson, Cory (Carlos) Thompson, Beth Thacker, Gina (Fred) Morales, and Neva Fernandez
Nieces & Nephews: Jordan (Jason) Manning, Ryan (Casey) Austin, Courtney (Justin) Mathis, Tabatha (Nathan) Camp, Taylor (Nathan) Carr, Peyton Carr, Aimee Carr, John Glenn Schnautz, Mackayla Schnautz, Milynn Schnautz, Aubrey Thacker, Ruby Kennedy, Fernando Morales, and Daniel (Gensen) Morales
Grand-Nieces & Nephews: Braxton & Owen Manning, Hendrix & Maverick Austin, Wyatt & Mason Mathis, Emma & Anna Camp, and Enzo Granato
Fur-Nephew: Henry Fernandez
Countless Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and friends
Mike was preceded in death by his Brother: Adrian Camarillo, Paternal Grandparents: Armando & Mary Camarillo, Maternal Grandparents: Carl & Viola Powell
A celebration of Mike’s life took place on Saturday, March 11, at the Devine Golf Course from 2 – 6pm. All were welcome to attend.