Michael passed away after a courageous battle with an extremely aggressive cancer, which took his life after only 4.5 months from being diagnosed.
In his younger years, Michael was a talented competitive swimmer and an accomplished basketball player. Throughout his life, he was a lover of the outdoors, with an admiration for hiking with nature and a passion for barbecuing and being “head chef.” Michael was a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, UCLA, and Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. He was a brilliant and caring lawyer, with a practice of his own in San Jose and, in October 2005, he left to pastor Table Mountain Chapel in Sonora and make Jamestown his home. He was a faithful servant to God and to his congregation through all those years and up to the time of his death.
Michael is survived by his loving sister, Michele Burles; his two nieces, Celina Burles and Alysha Burles, who treasured their Uncle Mikey; and several brothers and sisters in Christ.
Friends and family are invited to a service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Table Mountain Chapel, 19633 Rawhide Road, Sonora, CA.
His family and congregation will greatly miss him, but rejoice that he is with his Father in Heaven.