Jon Mikels Memorial

Angela Dunning shares stories of her father, former San Bernardino County Supervisor Jon Mikels, at a memorial service Saturday at the Upland Brethren in Christ Church on Saturday. Mikels, 66, died at his home on the outskirts of Bandon, Ore., on Dec. 31. (Photo by Canan Tasci /Staff)

By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/02/14, 12:06 AM PST |

UPLAND >> A melody by a saxophonist and a pianist filled the high ceilings of Upland Brethren in Christ Church on Saturday afternoon as about 100 friends and family members celebrated the life of former San Bernardino County Supervisor Jon Mikels at a memorial service.

Mikels, who was also on Rancho Cucamonga’s first City Council, died Dec. 31 at his home outside of Bandon, Ore.

“As a kid growing up, I had a big, strong dad who was always there to protect us or scare us if we got out of line,” said Angela Dunning of Half Moon Bay, one of Mikels’ three daughters. “He was just a big presence in our lives and everyone’s life.”

Mikels, 66, had been battling bladder and lung cancer for three years but then was given a clean bill of heath in early 2013, Dunning said in a previous interview. A friend found Mikels dead in his shower, the water still running.

The cause of Mikels’ death has not been determined. No autopsy was conducted.

Photos of Mikels as a child, a young adult and a family member were on display at Saturday’s memorial.

Lifelong friend Don Robertson shared favorite memories of the buddy he had known for more than 50 years.

Robertson spoke of watching football games with Mikels at a young age in South Pasadena as well as how Mikels could have gone into professional basketball and his roles in politics and his love of it.

“So NBA’s loss was your gain,” Robertson said.

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