Celebration of Life for Michael Kriletich

Sep 14, 2016 by

Celebration of Life for Michael Kriletich


The Celebration of Life for Michael Kriletich will be held September 24th at 4:30 in the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall.

Posted by thepinetree.net on 09/12/16:  Michael Kriletich was born in San  Leandro, CA on February 10, 1953.  He attended the seminary on Mt. Diablo from age 14 to 18.  At age 19 he met Diane Jenkins and two years later they were married.  Together they formed a loving couple and tight team for over 41 years of marriage.  Michael and Diane began their family along Wallace Creek, a remote canyon in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  After their two sons, Sean and Wade were born, the family moved to Jackson and then, in 1975, to Paloma.

Michael’s social skills were nothing short of magic.  He was not just easy to be around, but fun to boot.  His words and manner made everyone feel at ease, whether you had only just met him or had known him for decades.  After short stints in maintenance at Camanche and the Calaveras Co. Rd. Crew, Michael joined the team at the Amador Co. Sheriff’s office.  Michael never slept much and chose to take the graveyard shifts so he could spend time with Diane and his boys.  His late night jailhouse show, DJ Mike Motrin, was a welcome relief for the inmates.  Moving to dispatch, he received numerous awards for his skill on the phone.  Whether talking down would-be murderers by having their captors put them on the phone or walking people through successful CPR procedures, Michael was an MVP at the Amador Sheriff’s Office.

Michael became a Juvenile Probation Officer in 1989 on the promise that he would attain his Bachelor’s Degree.  He received his degree in Business Administration just before his eldest son Sean graduated high school in 1997.  Soon after he became Amador County’s Chief Probation Officer (CPO) and later served as CPO in Alpine and finally Calaveras County.  During this period his humor and wisdom kick-started California’s probation and prison reform that continues to this day.

Michael’s first love and priority was always to his family.  He loved all types of family time and did everything he could to make the most of it.  He built a beautiful oasis at the family home in Paloma and was ultra supportive of the family beekeeping operation, Paloma Polinators, even though he was allergic to honeybees.  His efforts in the community were endless.  He served as a fearless and untiring leader and director for the California Chief Probation Officer’s Association, the Resource Connection, MTSJ Hospital District, the Calaveras County Fair, CalaverasGROWN, the Mokelumne Hill Community Historical Trust, the Paloma Community and many others.  he was always there to lend a hand whether with his mental acumen or his strong physique.

Michael was a lover of all life and had a special connection with all forms of plants and animals.  he loved hiking, backpacking and boating as well as caring for his pigs, chickens, garden, cats and dogs.  On August 27th at daybreak Michael’s magic energy received a higher calling in the form of a massive cerebral hemorrhage.  Just the day before he had been working on the family farm.  His body drew its last breath at sunset on August 28th at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Sacramento.  Michael is survived by his wife Diane, his sons Wade and Sean, and his siblings Mary Anne and Roy.  His spirit will live forever in the hearts, minds and works of the people around the state and the world whom he inspired through his grace, humor and wisdom.  Michael is an irreplaceable part of the fabric of our foothill community and his presence will be sorely missed.

All whom he touched are welcome to celebrate Michael’s life on Saturday, September 24th at the Mokelumne Hill Town Hall. Slideshow to begin at 4:30 p.m. followed by memorial services and dinner.  Please share your memories of Michael’s extraordinary life by sending them in written form to info@palomapollinators.org or by calling 209.498.8081.  Donations to continue his inspirational community work can be made to CalaverasGrown.org in his name.

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