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God’s Mighty Warrior, Michael Lynn Hale II, was born on September 13, 2013, in Stockton, California to his proud parents, Michael and LaToya Hale. To those closest to him, Michael was known as “Mike-Mike” or “Lil Mike.” Spending any length of time with Michael, you would quickly discover that his personality was very much contagious making you smile, laugh, sing, or want to join in any activity he was participating in.
Mike-Mike enjoyed having all eyes on him. He liked to have “fun”, be “silly”, “playful”, and had a "competitive" side. He was “respectful”, “nice”, and gave the best compliments. He was “loving” and “caring” towards those he liked to spend his time with. He was his dad’s “little dude” that liked to hang out; and his mom’s “little man” that would always be waiting for her when she came home from work. He was Mikenzi’s best friend and Michaela’s big brother.
Michael was called to be with God after a 2-year fight that demonstrated his true strength and true character. From the start of the fight to his glorious victory, Michael showed that he was one of God’s chosen warriors. Michael was strong, brave, resilient, and put up a continuous fight in his battle. Every day he lived life and was a true inspiration to all he met during his life's journey.
Having held the role of being the youngest in the family for several years, Michael enjoyed doing the things he saw his sister and older cousins do. Michael was very “intelligent” and "a quick learner". He enjoyed being in learning environments. He attended his cousin's, Betty’s Morning Star Childcare; Kid's Experience Preschool; Oakwood Elementary School (grades k-3); Children’s Church and Vacation Bible School at Victory In Praise Church of Stockton, CA. Michael excelled at learning his lines for church plays, even though he was hesitant to be on stage. Michael was “adventurous” and open to trying new things (except for mom’s way of doing math the long way on scratch paper). Michael enjoyed Math and showing that he could solve problems in his head. He also liked PE and any outside time that would give him a chance to show what gymnastic moves he could do.
Mike-Mike’s interest in physical activities started at an early age. His agility, athleticism, and coordination surprised and amazed all who were able to see him run, dance, swim, and master gymnastic moves learned from watching YouTube videos. Michael loved watching YouTube and took great pleasure in showing family his latest flexibility and accomplishments. He was our little contortionist. Michael was a natural. He had the opportunity to participate in gymnastic classes and advanced quickly to a Level 2 gymnast after a few short weeks. In addition to gymnastics, Michael enjoyed playing soccer, baseball, and basketball through the Stockton YMCA. When not playing, he enjoyed watching his sister and cousins play their sports, giving him another opportunity to get in some flips.
One of Michael’s favorite hobbies was making TikTok videos of himself dancing or doing flips. He was a creative kid. Michael was tech-savvy at applying special effects and filters to his videos. He made countless videos for his family to enjoy. Michael had a great sense of humor. He would laugh at his own TikTok videos as well as make others laugh. He was always excited to share with family his latest video creation.
Michael loved spending time with his immediate family, extended family, and friends. He loved indulging in his favorite snacks and foods which included: grandpa’s fresh popped popcorn, pepperoni pizza, cinnamon wheels, chicken nuggets, fried fish, Takis/Turbos (and any other hot chips), and all things sour. He enjoyed traveling with family, playing board games, celebrating birthdays and special occasions, and getting together with his cousins for any ordinary reason. He enjoyed doing arts and crafts, such as making slime and making yummy treats for special occasions.
Michael was blessed to have wonderful teachers, staff, classmates, and friends who fostered his educational growth and learning experiences. During his time of treatment, he had an amazing team of care providers that supported his well-being.
Michael leaves to cherish his memory: his father and mother, Michael Hale, Sr. and Latoya Hale; sisters, Mikenzi Lynn Hale and Michaela Lynn Hale; maternal grandparents, Jerry Marshall, “Nana Shirley” Perry and Charles Perry; paternal grandparents, "Nana" Debra Hale, Donnie Hale, Sr. and "Ti-ti-ma" Angela Ealy; great-grandmother, “Mother Dear” Dellena Ward; numerous great aunts, great uncles, uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family members, teachers, care providers, friends, and classmates.