Michael James Trigg, 73, passed away at Sharp Memorial Hospital of complications from esophageal cancer, with Julie, his wife of 48 years, by his side. He will be greatly missed.
Mike was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and spent his high school years in San Jose, California, where he participated in golf, football, and swimming. At 17, Mike enlisted in the Navy, and after high school graduation in 1967, he headed to San Diego for basic training at the Naval Training Center. There he volunteered for the Underwater Demolition Team training. He graduated as part of Class 45 and was assigned to UDT 13 and later SEAL Team One.
As a Navy SEAL, Mike completed three tours in Vietnam, during which time he was awarded numerous medals including the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the Bronze Star (2), the Purple Heart (2), and the Navy Commendation with Combat V Medal (2). After Vietnam, he worked with other groups including SDV Team One and the Navy Marine Mammal Program.
Mike married Julie in 1974, after dating in high school, and they lived in Coronado, California, for all of his military career. About a year after his retirement from the Navy in 1994, he began working as a starter at the Coronado Municipal Golf Course, and he worked there for 16 years.
Mike was always happy on the golf course, and you would often see him on Sunday mornings, his clubs on his arm, laughing, in the middle of a group of friends. He had an amazing sense of humor and a contagious laugh that made his many friends, and sometimes even people who didn’t know him, want to spend time with him. During his daily walks with Julie, always taking their familiar path down to the beach and through town, he always seemed to meet a friend along the way, stopping to listen to the news about their lives and bringing light to their faces. It was that way wherever Mike went, and those friends and his family were most important in his life. Whenever someone who knew Mike talks about him they smile, usually remembering a story or a joke he told. He was always positive, a bright light in so many people’s lives, even when he began experiencing serious health issues. As one of his doctors said, “He fought… with strength and courage.” He faced his entire life that way. He made all of our lives much better.
In addition to his wife Julie, he is survived by his sister Colleen, his mother-in-law Patricia, cousins, sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
A special thanks to his doctors and nurses at Naval Medical Center San Diego and Sharp Memorial Hospital.
According to his wishes, a private scattering of his ashes at sea will be held in the future. Donations in his memory may be made to the San Diego Zoo.
VOL. 112, NO. 35 - Aug. 31, 2022