Michael Barry Hearne

Jan 22, 1942 - Aug 25, 2020

East Lawn Memorial Park
4300 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA, 95819


Michael Barry Hearne

Michael Barry Hearne of Carmichael, CA passed at the age of 78 to his God on August 25, 2020.  Mike was born January 22, 1942 to John and Virginia Hearne in Albemarle, North Carolina.

Born into a military family, Mike was proud to serve his country with six years in the Marines including two tours in Viet Nam. He had nightmares about the war but always thanked God and credited 1LT Augusto Xavier (listed on the Viet Nam War Memorial) for saving his life.

Mike met the love-of-his life, Virginia Beth, when he moved to Sacramento. The two were members of the Mother Lode Bulldog Club for more than 30 years making many friends and competing in dog shows with their spoiled champion bulldogs.

Mike retired from the VA Hospital at Mather Field as a maintenance mechanic where he served as a Union Steward for more than 20 years. He stayed friends with his co-workers and continued to belong to the AFGE Union.

Mike dearly loved North Carolina but, with a father in the military, he was able to have many experiences. Toward the end of his life, he reminisced about a few: eating chili hot dogs from Lefler’s Café in Albemarle, picking pickles out of a barrel in a deli in New Jersey, watching some of the first rocket launches at Cape Canaveral, sledding in Newfoundland, watching the sun set over a lake in Michigan and competing at the Woofstock Dog Show.

Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Virginia Beth, his stepson, Robert (Sonya) Gibson, two step-grandsons, his brother Joe (Linda), his sister Patti (Peter) Powel, niece Joleen Sposeto, niece Lisa (Tony) Mendoza, “adopted” granddaughter Amber Beasley and many cousins and friends. Mike was preceded in death by his father John, mother Virginia, sister Martha Sue and sister-in-law Linda.

Mike will be interred with military honors at East Lawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to make a donation to the Disabled American Veterans organization. Semper Fi, Mike. We love you.


  • Jackie says:

    We will miss Mike a lot. He was a big presence in the French Bulldog Club even in the past several years when we haven’t seen him much

  • Jackie says:

    Mike will be greatly missed by all of us in the French Bulldog club who knew him

  • Cindy says:

    Rest easy Marine, you have earned it!!


    Semper Fi

  • Sue Cunningham says:

    A Charter member and supporter of the NCFBC, Mike was one of the “originals”. We will miss him greatly. Semper Fi Marine.

  • George Flores says:

    I met Mike through bulldogs, he welcomed me into the Mother Lode Bulldog club with open arms. The first time I spoke with him, it was like we had known each other for years….he had a way of making you feel welcome. Throughout the years of being his friend, I got to know how much he loved his wife, his dogs and his Marines. He was a good man and we will miss hearing his stories at our bulldog meetings. Rest in peace Friend.

  • Dave Ridgway says:

    Michael, you were an incredible man. So much love and passion for the bullies and your friends. We’ll see you someday and share bully slobber and kisses with you… God Bless you Michael!

  • Linda J. Moore says:

    I met Mike through French Bulldogs and greatly respected him as a great dog fancier and a fellow Marine brother to my late husband.

    RIP Mike.

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