Michael Wayne Capps, born April 28th 1951 to Bill and Joycelyn Capps. He was the first-born, followed by his only brother, Sandy Ray.
Michael was preceded in death by his father – Bill Capps, his mother – Joycelyn Larson, his brother – Sandy Capps, first-born grandson – Brandon Michael Capps, grandparents Loris & Bessie Capps and his best friend – Fred Allen Jr.
Mike leaves behind his wife of 50 years – Brenda, his mother – Ruth Capps, as well as his 7 children – Michael Capps Jr, Kathleen and Billy McClain, Joycelyn and Joey Barnes, Naomi and Shannon Pettis, Faith and Denver Latham, Joseph and Alisha Capps, Sarah and Glen Jones.
Mike loved his grandchildren – all 30 of them. He leaves behind 11 grandsons: Bret & Chloe Capps, Tyler Capps, Austin & Ashley McClain, Christopher Gallatin, Dawson Latham, Joseph Capps, Dalton Jones, Carson Capps, Jeffery, James & Joey Barnes. His 12 granddaughers: Miranda Pettis, Taitlyn Jones, Autumn Pettis, Brittaney & Craig Graham, Payton Pettis, Rebekah Latham, Ashlyn Capps, Cheyanne Gallatin, Emma Pettis, Lily Capps, Raelynn and Caylee Barnes. And not to be forgotten are his 7 Great Grandchildren… Jaxon, Brody, Gunner, Ellie, Brogan, Ava, Karlee Mae and a great-grandson due January 2021.
Michael was born in Lynnwood, California, grew up in Bell Gardens and graduated from the Apostolic Christian High School. Mike met his wife Brenda in Carlsbad, New Mexico in April 1968 and they were married in Vicksburg, Mississippi February 28th, 1971
The couple moved to California in June 1971 to a little town called Weedpatch and Mike found employment with Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. He retired from the hospital after 20 years and continued his nursing career as a Private Care Nurse. He was ordained at the age of 21 and earned his Bachelor of Bible Theology, Master of Theology and finished off with his Doctorate of Philosophy in Religion Studies. Mike spent 48 years in ministry, serving the Lord and devoting his life to God and the ministry.
He was a Bakersfield Condor season ticket holder for more than 20-years and never missed a game – unless he was sick. Mike loved his family and he never said no to a grandchild. Their house was rarely empty as there was always a grandchild or two visiting them. It has been said that “Grandparents who babysit their grandchildren live longer than those who don’t”. Perhaps Mike didn’t live as long as we had hoped, he did however live a wonderful life with family that loved him just as much as he loved them.
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