Relatives honor slain Laguna Beach doctor in obituary ahead of Thursday’s public memorial

Kinfolk of a Laguna Beach health care provider stabbed to death by a motorist who struck him although he was bicycling in Dana Point described him Friday as a loving father who put in most of his daily life having treatment of some others.

Dr. Michael Mammone was driving near Pacific Coast Highway and Crown Valley Parkway at 3:02 p.m. Feb. 2, when he was rear-ended by a white Lexus and flung into the intersection. Bystanders intervened soon after the motorist acquired out and attacked him with a knife, but the bicyclist died as a consequence of his injuries.

Vanroy Evan Smith of Extended Beach front was discovered as the suspect in the situation by Orange County Sheriff’s officials. His family members reported Smith’s psychological well being appeared to be deteriorating in the yrs major up to the killing there appears to have been no prior connection between him and the target.

Mammone worked at Providence Mission Medical center, considerably less than 2 miles from wherever the crash and assault happened. He started his occupation as an emergency doctor at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland and spent 20 a long time there right before shifting with his relatives to Laguna Seashore in 2010.

In advance of he became a medical professional, he served as a lifeguard in Los Angeles County, cherished types wrote in an obituary produced Friday. He’d go on to volunteer overseas in Papua New Guinea.

“Michael generally experienced a present for having treatment of others,” kinfolk stated.

Former Laguna Niguel resident Julie Zirbel reported she was briefly addressed by Mammone in 2020 following her blood pressure spiked and she fainted. Whilst their interaction was short, she was impressed by his bedside fashion when they promptly bonded as fellow mountain bikers.

“He was SO form and assured me I had not overreacted and I did the appropriate point to get it checked out,” Zirbel wrote in an electronic mail. “He obtained it underneath manage and prescribed something to get.”

She did not wind up needing all of the treatment he ordered and however has a prescription bottle with his name on it that has “even much more profound that means,” to her now.

When he was away from do the job, Mammone cherished exploring local beach locations, and relished snorkeling and scuba diving with his small children. At dwelling, he brought his relatives jointly with handmade pizzas, guacamole and foolish jokes.

He “was known by his colleagues and patients to be a physician that humbly took the time to pay attention to and care for each unique and their desires,” liked types wrote. “Michael’s family members will without end cherish the gorgeous reminiscences they share with him and will proceed to celebrate and honor his amazing lifetime and legacy.”

A memorial for Mammone has been scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, at 650 Laguna Canyon Road. He is survived by his wife and two sons, one particular of whom serves in the Marines.

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