January 16, 1961 - August 20, 2020
Born in El Centro, California
Resided in Salinas, California
Mike was born on January 16, 1961 in El Centro, California to Joseph and Betty Komenda. He graduated from Central Union High School and then attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he studied Agriculture Business, accepted an internship, and started his 40-year career in the produce business where he met and made many of his closest friends.
Mike loved Barbequing for friends and family, and was often called the “grill master.” He volunteered with friends to cook at many fundraisers around Monterey County.
Mike was committed to and loved his family, faith, country, work, and friendships. He was well known for his generosity and kindness to others.
Mike is proceeded in death by his father Joseph Komenda Sr., his mother Betty Komenda, brother - in - law Dick Whitman, and eldest brother Joseph Komenda Jr.
He is survived by his daughter Baillie Buhler, his siblings Mary Whitman, Rudy (Karen) Komenda, Julie (Steve) Elledge, Steven (Kelly) Komenda, Kathleen (Fernando) Cuen, sister - in - law Irene Komenda, brother - in - law William (Karen) Whitney Jr., mother - in - law Barbara Whitney, and many nieces and nephews,
The visitation will be Wednesday, August 26 at Struve and Laporte Funeral Home in Salinas, California from 4 - 7pm.
A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salinas, California on August 27th at 9:30am.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Salinas, California 93901
Salinas, CA US 93901