December 20, 1973-July 14, 2014

Michael was born to Wilburn (Wayne) and Janette Rice, in Bakersfield, CA. Michael went to join his mother in heaven on July 14, 2014, in Lancaster, CA. He took his last breath in the arms of his loving wife and with his children by his side.

Taft was home to Michael for most of his life. Growing up, going to school, playing sports and working there, Michael made a ton of friends before moving to Rosamond, CA. It was there that he met his wife of 15 years. Together Michael and Jennifer had two handsome sons, Gage and Gavin, Michael’s pride and joy. Michael loved to share his many hobbies with the boys including classic cars, RC cars, motorcycles, music…pretty much anything that was loud, went fast and made a mess. Michael and Gage shared a passion for football. Michael was thrilled when his team (Titans) played and won Gage’s team (Chargers), more so for the bragging rights for the year. Some of his favorite times were family getaways and bbq’s.

Michael is survived by his wife and two boys, his father and step-mother, Wayne and Susan Rice, siblings- Dawn (Mark), Danielle (Larry), Dustin (Tonya) and Destiny. Sisters-in-law Laura and Nicole. Nieces and nephews Brianna, Aarian, Idalys, Paisley, Aaliyah, Hailie, Britney, Laken, Kaden, Markie, Blake, Katrina, Cassandra, Ashley, Corey, Michael, Heaven, Trinity, Karissa, Braden and Rylie. Aunts and Uncles- Linda (Tommy), Robert (Wendi), Suzy (Tim), Sheila (Chuck), numerous cousins and a huge extended family including his “brothers” Casey (Kayla), Toby, Lonny (Melina), Sean, Buddy and many, many more family and friends.
Michael was an undeniable light, whose smile was contagious and his heart was bigger than himself. Our loss is heavens gain. Thank you Michael for the 15 years, through the good and bad it was love!