ARCADIA, Calif. (April 16, 2015)–A public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place Monday, April 20 at Santa Anita Park. The service, which is to begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be staged in the track’s Chandelier Room.
Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.
The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers.
At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Southern California Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room.