Obituary of Michael Leland Mowrey
Michael Leland Mowrey, age 76, passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2021.
He was born on December 22, 1944 to Vera Louise Mills in Long Beach, California. He was later adopted
by James Mowrey when they married. Michael graduated from Anaheim High School in 1962, then
attended Long Beach State University for 2 years. He then transferred to UC Berkeley to complete his
Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1966. While there, he met his wife, then Judy Means, and they
married in San Francisco in 1968. That same year, he completed his work for a Master’s Degree in
English from San Francisco State University. The couple moved to Belridge Oil Lease and then to
Redding, California to work as teachers in local schools.
The couple next moved to Eugene, Oregon, where Michael attended law school. When he completed
schooling in 1976, they moved to Grants Pass, Oregon, where Michael began practicing law and their
three children were born. In 1981, Michael was appointed to a judgeship in Josephine County, Oregon,
and served for two years.
In 1986, the family moved to Sunnyvale, California where they would live for the rest of his life. Most of
his professional career in California was spent with State Compensation Insurance Fund as a worker’s
compensation attorney. Michael was known for his dry sense of humor, and you knew you were in when
he included you in his zingers.
Throughout his life, Michael’s second great love was bicycling. He loved to research, plan, and complete
bike tours, including biking Mount Shasta and climbing the summit with his uncle Richard. He also
enjoyed biking the Selkirk Loop with Adventure Cycling, and solo trips exploring Eastern Oregon. Closerto home, he took full advantage of the bike lanes of Foothill Expressway. Michael also actively supported
his daughters’ swim team, Sunnyvale Swim Club.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy Mowrey, his daughters Marina Mowrey, Sascha Mowrey, and
Laura Johnson, his son-in-law Peter Johnson, his grandchildren Axel Johnson and Matilda Johnson, and
his brother Nicholas Mowrey. He was predeceased by his mother, Vera Jewell, his stepfather Robert
Jewell, his father James Mowrey II, and his brothers David Mowrey and James Mowrey III.