Friday, Oct 04 2013 09:25 AM

Michael James Byrne, 1939 — 2013

Michael James Byrne

1939 -2013

Michael James Byrne, 74, entered into rest at his home on Sept. 27, 2013. He had resided in Tehachapi since 1988. The Recitation of the Rosary was held on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, and the Mass of the Resurrection followed on Friday morning, October 4, 2013, both at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Father Michael Cox officiated the mass.

Michael was born in Bishop on March 23, 1939, to parents John Laughlin Byrne of Ireland and Agnes E. (Harshbarger) Byrne of the United States. He attended Pasadena City College and earned his AA degree in 1960. That decade found him in sales in the electronics industry, mainly microprocessors, working for companies such as Deutsch and then Fairchild. Following approximately 10 years in that industry, he changed careers, becoming a landscape contractor in the Southern California area. He won numerous awards for his landscape craft, including Best Design in Santa Clarita Valley.

His artistic nature flowed into other areas also. He enjoyed painting and metal sculpture. He liked to visit museums, loved to camp, play golf and watch classic movies.

Michael is survived by his children, Michael, Lisa, Wayne, Matthew and Cindy; grandchildren, Alison, Valicia, Michael III, Caitlin, Maloree, Kelly, Aidan, Jonathon, Lourdes, Cassidy, Charlize and Gage. He was preceded in death by his father, John; mother, Agnes; brother, John and sister, Catherine.

Funeral arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit

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