MICHAEL DOWNING Michael Robert Downing, 69, passed away peacefully Jan. 14, 2017. Michael was born Aug. 13, 1947, in San Diego, to Hazel and Robert Downing. He graduated from Will C. Crawford High School, San Diego in 1965 and continued his education at San Diego State University graduating with a bachelor of science in physics in 1970. Michael's career was centered on computer programming working for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, followed by starting his own computer programming business and eventually working as a computer programmer at the Las Vegas Water District for over 20 years until he retired at the age of 64. He moved to Las Vegas in 1990 to be closer to the hub of the World Series of Poker to pursue his passion for the game. Michael was known for his dry humor and enjoyed telling jokes, playing golf, pool and billiards and restoring classic cars, especially Volkswagens. Michael is survived by his sister, Diane; daughter, Krista; and granddaughters, Paizley and Aviana. Burial was at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, Calif., next to his parents. His memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Grapevine Fellowship Church, 800 N. Bruce St., Las Vegas, NV, 89101.
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