Michael Joseph Lund, 56, of Los Gatos, died March 18, 2020 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in San Jose, California, the second child of Thomas and Helen (Menous) Lund. He was educated at Queen of Apostles Catholic School and Cupertino High School. He then attended the University of Arizona where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance. Afterward he completed a Master’s degree in Economics at San Jose State University.
Michael's early career went from selling insurance to finance positions in the semiconductor industry. Later, his career path led him to join startup companies, helping build the business and fulfill various roles of Corporate Controller, Chief financial officer, Chief Operations Officer, President and head of Information systems. These were at Microbar, Nucore, Radiant Source Technologies and Intematix. His most current position was President and COO at Startup Sandbox in Santa Cruz, a non-profit biotechnology incubator.
Michael was an avid sportsman and fitness fanatic. He lifted weights as a body builder and power lifter. He played soccer, tennis and rode motorcycles and mountain bikes. In 1996 he met Lydia Ramos at Golds Gym and married her in 2001 on the Island of Moorea. They shared a devoted magical marriage full of love, sports, travel and hi-jinx. They were well matched in their interest of fitness, adding skiing, cycling and running to their activities. Michael was also an accomplished cook at home, hosting dinners for friends showcasing his latest creations.
Michael is survived by his beloved wife Lydia Ramos, his sister Patrice Cotten (Lund), brother in law, Ron Cotten, his nieces Elizabeth and Lauren Cotten, his Aunt Patty and husband Dan Hughes, his Uncle Charles Lund and wife Mary. He is also survived by his Ramos in-laws: Albert, Cecilia, John, their spouses, and children. Michael is predeceased by his parents and a stepson, Raymond. Michael also leaves behind a circle of devoted friends from various phases of his school and work life.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, and as allowed by the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown. Memorial gifts can be made to the Pancreatic Action Network: www.pancan.org, to the California State Parks Foundation: www.calparks.org, or to the Startup Sandbox: www.startupsandbox.org/donate .
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