Michael David Little of Three Rivers, California, died Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia, after a brief struggle with a form of leukemia called MDS. He was 79.
A funeral mass will be held Friday, August 2, 10 am, at St. Clair’s Catholic Mission, 43590 Alta Acres Dr., Three Rivers. A luncheon will immediately follow at St. Anthony Retreat Center, 43816 Sierra Dr., Three Rivers.
Mike was born in Los Angeles, California, on August 17, 1939, to James and Norma Little. He was the youngest of eight children: five girls and three boys.
He was raised on a small farm in Stanton, Calif., and attended Catholic elementary school. The family later moved to Anaheim, Calif., and he attended Mater Dei High School where he played football and graduated in 1957.
His first job was working as a ”pin boy” resetting pins and returning bowling balls to bowlers at a local bowling alley. He went on to attend Fullerton City College and then UCLA where he studied accounting.
While he attended college, he also worked at the famous Knott’s Berry Farm Chicken Dinner Restaurant in Buena Park. In 1960, he met and married the love of his life, Charlotte Marie Stine, and they purchased their first home in Garden Grove, Calif. He passed the CPA exam and worked at a small accounting firm in Orange, Calif.
While living in Garden Grove their two daughters, Ann Marye and Debra, were born. In 1968, Mike and Charlotte relocated their growing family to a larger home in the new community of Mission Viejo, Calif., and soon their son, William, was born.
In 1976, Mike opened his own accounting practice in Tustin, Calif. While living in Mission Viejo, Mike and Charlotte were active members of St. KiIIian’s Catholic Church and played tennis and golf at the Mission Viejo Country Club. They enjoyed traveling, camping, boating, and going to the beach with their three young children.
In 1999, after their children were grown, Mike and Charlotte decided to move away from the hustle and bustle of Southern California and relocated to the small community of Three Rivers near Sequoia National Park where they purchased a home and three acres of horse property. Mike continued to commute to Tustin to run his successful accounting practice.
In 2009, he sold the practice. For the past 10 years, he owned and operated an accounting practice in Three Rivers. Mike was an active member of the Three Rivers Lions Club and served as the club’s treasurer. He was also a member of Three Rivers Historical Society and president for nine years of the South Fork Estates Mutual Water Company. Mike and Charlotte have been active members of St. Clair’s Catholic Mission Church since 1999.
On June 25, 2019, Mike and Charlotte recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. Mike passed away the next day.
In his free time, Mike loved to travel with Charlotte, play golf, ride horses, and read. He enjoyed being part of the Three Rivers Travel Club and the men’s book club.
He leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Charlotte Marie (Stine) Little; two daughters, Ann Marye Geiser and Debra Miller; a son, William Little; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Betty Gassmann, Ruth Hall, and Rita Cook.
His cremains will be interred Saturday, August 17, what would have been Mike’s 80th birthday, at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, P.O. Box 249, Three Rivers, Calif., or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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