- August 21, 1952 - October 3, 2016
- Pasadena, Texas
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Longtime Pasadena citizen, Michael Blake Fincher, of Pasadena Texas passed away on October 3, 2016 at the age of 64. He was born August 21, 1952 in Port Hueneme, California to Sam and Evelyn Fincher. Michael graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in 1970, and received an Associate’s Degree from San Jacinto College in 1985.
Mike served his country in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War, aboard the Aircraft Carrier, USS Hancock, CVA 19. Taking part in Operation Eagle Pull, the evacuation of Phnom Penh on 12 April 1975 and Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon on 29–30 April 1975. From 12–14 May, she was alerted, although not utilized, for the recovery of SS Mayagüez, a US merchantman with 39 crew, seized in international waters on 12 May by the Communist Khmer Rouge; before heading home. Something unique about Mike being part of the final cruise of the Hancock was that his Father, Sam Fincher, served as a Plank-owner on the Hancock.
Before leaving the Navy, Mike served with P-3 Orion Aircraft Squadron, VP-48 being deployed both at NAS Adak, AK, and NAS Moffett Field, CA.
He was a longtime member and Deacon of First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Everyone who knew Mike knew he had his Lord Jesus Christ in his heart. He was a long time Christian, and studied his Bible daily.
He is survived by his two brothers: James (Jimmy) Aubrey Fincher – his wife (Cathy), Marvin Lewis (Lew) Fincher – his wife (Meresa); two nieces: Gwynne Marie Fincher and Jamie Lynn Fincher; a nephew, Travis James Fincher; and one Grand Niece, Calleigh Rose Fincher; Uncle Gene Fincher and wife (Christine); Aunt Geraldine Fincher; Aunt Helen Spencer; First cousins Mack Barnhill, Peggy Hoffpauir, Debra Thurman, Tina Fincher, Don Giffin, Linda Lewis; along with many lifelong friends.
A memorial service celebrating Mike’s life will be held on October 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church Pasadena, 7500 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena Texas. In lieu of flowers you may donate to your favorite charity in Mike’s name or perhaps a plant to be planted in his remembrance.