Michael Anthony Oldham died April 30th in Long Beach, CA, following a long battle with Inclusion Body Myositis. His amazing character and toughness helped and inspired all of his friends, family and caregivers. He was a passionate and dedicated educator, who touched many people with his great intellect, wit and big-hearted ways.
As quoted from one of his colleagues at MHS, “I was beyond fortunate to work with him – he had soul and integrity EVERY DAY”. The Mammoth students came first; he honored each and every one of them.
Mike grew up in Long Beach, CA. He graduated from Millikan High School and had a full scholarship to Whittier College, where he earned his BS and MA degrees. He was an educator for over 40 years, beginning his career in Pico Rivera and then moving to Mammoth Unified School District in 1981. He served the district for over 20 years in many capacities. He was the elementary and high school principal, science teacher, adult education teacher, football coach, founder of the Workability program and many other county programs.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda, his sons Sean and Kirk, and granddaughters: Francesca, Keana, Califia, Kamala, and Anastasia, as well as his beloved cousin Suzi, Julie and Lori, sister-in-law Iva, brother-in-law Harry, and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life Open House at their Crowley Lake home during the fourth of July weekend.
In lieu of flowers, the family has established the Michael Oldham Scholarship Fund for MHS students. Checks should be made out to Linda Oldham, with Michael Oldham Scholarship Fund written on the “For” line of the check (7061 Mariner Way, Long Beach, CA 90803).