Michael Wharton Martindale, age 65, of Phoenix, Arizona and Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada died unexpectedly on Friday, March 13th, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. He was born in Victoria on November 29, 1954 to Pat and Murray Martindale. Within ten months of his birth his father died. Two years later Pat married Dr. Bob Young who adopted Michael. Michael's deep lifelong love affair with the sea was cultivated playing on the beach and in the water at Cadboro Bay and launched at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club learning to sail and work during his teenage years. He left home to crew on a small commercial fishing boat off the west coast of Vancouver which was his true "college", refining his skills of discipline, cooperation and care for others.
Michael graduated from Mt. Douglas High School and Camosun College, Victoria, B.C.,
and was drawn to real estate development in Arizona where he worked with Pulte Homes and Design Masters before co-founding Commerce Realty Advisors in 1991.
Michael's passions were extensive beyond his many real estate development achievements. He married the love of his life, Sandra (Sam) Pearson of Phoenix in 1983 and built a life surrounded by dear friends. Whether captaining his boat in the Gulf Islands, expertly leading fishing trips and whale watching adventures or convening the "Posse" at his "Bike Barn" for mountain biking, Michael made time for it all. He assumed the penultimate uncle role to mentor the children of family and friends. He was a Guardian Warrior for the non-profit Rancho Feliz in Agua Prietà, Mexico. Always, Michael selflessly ensured that people around him were safe, comfortable and happy.
He was never shy about savoring the finer treasures in life and generously shared them with everyone. Michael would give you the shirt off his back. Literally. The shirt would likely be a Tom Ford or the latest from Patagonia. But you had better take care of it!
Left to mourn their loss, his wife, Sandra (Sam), his mother, Pat Young, Victoria BC, sisters Debra (Peter) McKeil, Fredericton, NB, Teri Young, Cowichan Bay, BC, brother Bruce (Kimberley) Young, Powell River, BC, and his Canadian nieces and nephews: Jessica, Billy, Nicholas and Maggie along with his Australian nephew Jordan (Kari) plus many others in the extended family: The Emerys, the Harveys, the Yardleys, the Seefrieds (Sandy's brothers, spouses and family) and Trisha Morrison. Michael will also be mourned by his friends who felt like family.
Michael was never happier than when he was on the ocean. Please consider honoring him with donations to Center for Whale Research,
https://www.whaleresearch.com/supportcwr or Pacific Salmon Foundation, https://www.psf.ca/support/donate in lieu of flowers.
Michael's life will be celebrated when the coronavirus permits people to gather once again. Details to follow.
Dear Sandra/Sam: The loss of Michael, such a good friend and 'rock solid' business associate, has left me with a numbness that will take much time, if ever, to shake. While our friendship may not have been for as many years as other friends, but the depth made up for the fewer years. I loved everything about who you two were as a couple, and as well as individuals. The visits & dinners I enjoyed so much with you & Michael are fond memories for me. When travel permits (soon let's hope) I look forward to a dinner (complete with heartfelt toasts & sharing) with you.
Sandy, Herb and I have such wonderful memories of our time with you and Michael I’m Salt Spring Island. I have shared the story of whale watching and salmon fishing many times, as well as Michael’s superb cooking skills with our catch of the day! The love we felt in your home was evident between the two of you, we are heartbroken for you and want you to know you have been in our thoughts and Michael’s loss is heavy on our hearts. May your grief be dampened with memories of the great love you shared, we wish you peace. We have made a donation in Michael’s memory to the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
Gina and Herb McKim
Gerry and Pat Tucker
Dearest Sandy, Michael was our friend for over 40 years. We first met in Ft.St. John BC,then we all moved to Scottsdale where we shared many years of wonderful times.We remember when you met and how much he loves you. Because of you we spend our summers on Salt Spring Island and again have wonderful times together. Special man and you shared a special life with so many people.Will love you both forever.
Dearest Sandy, I just read about Michael and my heart breaks for your unimaginable loss. I am so deeply sorry and am sending love. Your husband was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. Love, Susie
I’m so sorry to hear this news. Michael was always a ray of sunshine and kindness to everyone. He will be missed by so many people! RIP Michael. My deepest condolences to Sam and his family. Kim Cerchiai
Safe sailing Michael, you have always been a class act and a very good client/friend of mine over the years. I remember every time, meeting with you and your partners to discuss Commercial realestate Opportunities. It was always fun to be with you and you were always a gentleman. Your word was your bond and if a deal didn't work out you were always a gentleman and always straightforward. Your smile and your Gracious hospitality will be missed by anyone who knew you. Travel safely my friend, God speed. Pete Bolton
Sad news. My brother Phil and Mike were inseparable as kids and I still remember the many happy hours we kids spent in the Martindale backyard.
One of the highest quality people on the planet. Wise, articulate, classy and insightful are just a few words that can describe this man. He had no idea how positively he influenced my life and knowing him as a mentor and friend is one of the greatest gifts one could ever receive. Rest in peace Michael. Thank you for all you have shared.
- Pete TeKampe
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