Michael A. Kearns, Class of 1977

Michael, usually referred to as Mikey, represents the epitome of striving to successfully reach 100% of your capabilities as he overcame Downs Syndrome. At age 13, Mikey swam in the Special Olympics and continued into his 30’s winning many medals and ribbons. Mikey found his perfect niche at Downey High as manager of the football team, earning a Varsity letter. After relocating with his family to Escondido, he moved into his own apartment. He became gainfully employed by Palomar Water and was twice selected as their representative to throw out the first pitch for the San Diego Padres. Mikey belonged to the San Diego Association of Retarded Citizens, appeared in plays, and participated in a training video for the local Police Department. Alzheimer’s Disease, resulting from the Downs, hastened his early demise after 54 years of love, laughter, and a legacy of achievements.