Michael Coy Reed
1958 — 2013
Mike was born on Dec. 11, 1958, in Bakersfield and passed away at his home in Bakersfield on Oct. 19. He is predeceased by his mother Lorraine and survived by: his father Bob, his siblings Jeff and Jody, his children DeAnn and Mike, and his grandchildren Aidan and Liam. Mike was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Funeral services were open to the public and held on Monday, Oct. 28, at 12:30 p.m. at Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 East Bear Mountain Blvd., Arvin.
After graduating from Tehachapi High School in 1977, Mike enlisted into the U.S. Army as a Wire Systems Installer/ Operator and went to Fort Jackson, S.C., for basic training before being stationed at Fort Ord in California. While at Fort Ord, Mike married Kimberly Neibert and fathered his daughter DeAnn. While in the Army, Mike was awarded a Good Conduct Medal and was recognized as being an Expert in Rifle and First Class in Grenade.
After serving four years with the U.S. Army, Mike moved his family to Tehachapi and became a correctional officer at California Correctional Institution. Shortly after arriving in Tehachapi, Mike fathered his son Michael.
After several years as a correctional officer, Mike turned his sights onto the open road and became a truck driver. Mike worked as a truck driver for ten years until he had endured a workplace injury. During his time as a truck driver, Mike moved to Checotah, Okla., and spent four years there before returning to Bakersfield.
Some of Mike’s passions included fishing, playing blackjack, watching sports and movies, and spending time with his family. Professional sports teams that Mike enjoyed supporting included the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers and Oakland Raiders. While Mike was in his youth, he played baseball, softball, and bowling for local Tehachapi leagues. Mike enjoyed sports so much that he spent some time coaching youth baseball, soccer, and little league football.
Mike will always be remembered for his cheerful and playful demeanor. He enjoyed joking around in order to make those around him smile and laugh. Mike had a large family with numerous relatives living in and around the Tehachapi area and will be greatly missed by all. We are all blessed to have had Mike in our lives and will cherish our memories of times spent together. His spirit will be kept alive through our thoughts and memories.