Michael Neal Frisby, 58, passed unexpectedly on February 21, 2018, in Manteca.
Michael ‘Big Mike’ was born to the late Maudie and Thelbert Frisby on May 17, 1959, in Oakland, CA. He was the youngest of 14 siblings. As a child he moved to Amador City and grew up in the mountains which he loved dearly. He attended Amador High School and was an avid track runner - the fastest one in 13 counties, as he loved to brag. After his marriage to Paula in 1978 he moved back to the Bay Area where their two sons Travis and Michael were born. Later the family moved to Tracy, until ‘Big Mike’ proudly bought his first house in Manteca in 2001.
‘Big Mike ’ was an ironworker by trade and by heart since 1979, and he was a proud member of Ironworkers Local 377 San Francisco. He finally retired after 37 years of hard work in August 2017.
His family remembers him as loud and boisterous person, kind and generous, always willing to lend a helping hand or share a laugh. He had a giant sweet tooth, never seen a candy or snack he would not like and he especially loved licorice. He enjoyed fishing, driving around town looking for garage sales, and swimming in his favorite swimming holes in the foothills.
‘Big Mike’ is survived by his wife of 40 years, Paula (Warren), sons Travis (Nina) and Michael, both of Manteca, and grandsons Mikey (13) and Travis Jr. (10). He is also survived by his sisters Jeanette Hogan (Quillen) of Napa, CA, Sharon Ward (Quillen) of Myrtle Beach, SC, brothers Benny Pitts of Fremont, CA and Robert Quillen of Tacoma, WA. He will be lovingly remembered by his many nieces, especially his self-proclaimed favorite niece Evie, nephews, cousins, numerous other relatives and friends, especially the Lindo, Martin and Perez family.
The viewing is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th, from 10 am to 2 pm at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, 290 N Union Road, Manteca, CA. Celebration of life will follow immediately after the viewing at the FESM Hall, 230 N Main Street, Manteca, CA. All that knew ‘Big Mike’ will miss him dearly, so please come celebrate his life with us.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, March 8, 2018