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Michael Krell

Michael Kevin Krell, 65 years of age, born in Manhattan on July, 22nd 1942 to Helen Ina Pritchard and Donald Krell, passed away on June, 23rd 2008 of heart disease.

Mike is much beloved by his two daughters, Diana Krell of Oakland CA. and Athena Chapman of San Francisco, her husband Joshua Chapman, Mikes partner Cathleen Edmonds of Davis, and his wife Helen Krell.

Mike was an active member of the Davis community for the past 27 years. He was the owner of Armadillo Music in Davis and an active member in the Downtown Davis Business Association. Michael was educated at the State University in Albany, New York, received his Law Degree from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall, and his Masters in Criminology from the University of California Berkeley. Michael was dedicated to the Justice department in the State of Vermont where he served for many years as a Lawyer, Court Administrator for the entire state, and the Chief Administrator for the New England Governors Association. He returned to California in 1981 where he served as the Court administrator for the County of Sacramento and continued his work in Court Administration until his retirement in April of 1993.

He was a champion of the less fortunate, working privately and professionally for those for whom society neglected. Mike was a mentor to young people, offering them companionship, employment and attention, that influenced them for the rest of their lives. He assisted several people in their admission into law school. Mike loved music, books, Davis and the many people he invited into his life and home. He loved good conversation, good food and good wine. He was a prolific reader, and possessed a vast wealth of knowledge that he loved to share and discuss. He was a loyal friend, and he will be missed as the most enjoyable figure any of us will ever have had the pleasure of knowing. Michael was the proudest father of his two daughters. No man could be so replete with regard and unending admiration of them.

Michael is survived by his two daughters, his partner, his son-in-law, his wife, his sister Karen Farfield of Albany, NY, his Aunt and Uncle Ted and Sis Traub of Bethlehem, CT. as well as many other family members across the country and dear friends throughout the world.

A celebration of Michaels life is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th at 1:00 pm at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main Street, in Winters, CA. In lieu of flowers, Michael would have loved donations to charities that he held dear; Doctors without Borders, the Sacramento Blues Society, and The Art and Science Fusion at the University of California, Davis.

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Those of us in the courts community only recently heard of Mike's passing. We are saddened at his loss and express our condolences to his family.

Chris Crawford Jan 5 2009 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry to learn about Mike's passing. He was a compassionate soul and kind man. He often spoke fondly of his two daughters and with so much pride. Mike was the example for how to live life fully and enjoy. I will miss his friendship and advice. My prayers and thoughts are with you all during this time. Sincerely, Yuriko Howell

Yuriko Howell Dec 31 2008 12:00 AM

I just learned of my 1/2 brother's passing. My deepest sympathy to his wife and children and those who knew him well. I do wish someone had let us know.

Kathleen Krell Wayne Nov 3 2008 12:00 AM

My heart is very heavy with our loss of Mike. My thoughts are with Athena, Joshua, Diana, Helen and all who got to know him. He will be missed dearly but is now in a better place free from pain. To keep from crying, I say goodbye for now. Much Love, Patrick

Patrick Geis Jul 24 2008 12:00 AM

Dear Helen and family, Michael and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope the memorial celebration was a chance for all his friends and family to get together, remember and make new memories. With best wishes for you all, Mary Ann and Michael Thorpe

Mary Ann & Michael Thorpe Jun 30 2008 12:00 AM

Its hard to imagine the world without Mike and to wonder what he would have to say about any number of things. Its nice to realize he lived his life to the fullest and reached out so far and wide with his loving acceptance and stimulating curiosity. Many of us were touched by Mike ages ago and continued to rejoice in his friendship -- and still do. bas

Barbara Scott Jun 30 2008 12:00 AM

Mike and I served together in the California Attorney General's office. He was intelligent, witty, and still very much an Easterner at heart. One autumn day we were eating our bag lunches in San Francisco Civic Center, and gardeners were pruning the sicamores of branches that still had leaves on them. Mike shook his head in disgust and said, "Only in California do they have to CUT the leaves off the trees in the fall."

Tim Laddish Jun 29 2008 12:00 AM

Diana & Athena: I am thinking of you guys. I am very saddened by this. Take care. Wendy Pritchard (Smith)

Wendy Pritchard Smith Jun 29 2008 12:00 AM

It's too bad Mike and I can't take another trip to Napa's wine country as we had planned. And more. Oh well... How fortunate to have had Mike in my life. It's a benefit I carry with me now. The world needs more Mikes but is also fortunate to have had one--as well as the lingering benefits of his presence.

Jim Leonard Jun 28 2008 12:00 AM

We are so very sad to learn of your loss and send our deepest condolences. Andy, Melissa and family

Melissa Lyans and Andy Albrecht Jun 28 2008 12:00 AM

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