Michael Christian Zinke

Michael Christian ZinkeMichael Christian Zinke died on July 15, 2013, at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. He was 30.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 23, at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial was at Desert Memorial Park.

Michael was born on Sept. 29, 1982, in Bakersfield. He graduated from Highland High School in Bakersfield and attended Cerro Coso Community College.

Even as a child, he loved to see things grow, both in Ridgecrest and in Bakersfield. His fascination with weather began when he was four and continued through his college time at Cerro Coso. He was a camper and a fisherman, and he loved the beach.

One day he notified his grandparents that he had gone chasing quakes and tornadoes while listening to his favorite music. He kept the outside vegetation at his grandparents’ home most abundant, as is the water bill.

He is survived by his mother, Deven Price and Ernie Price, grandparents Dick and Margy Zinke, Aunt Patty and Uncle Clyde Griffin, Jeffrey and Stacey Griffin and cousins.

Submitted by the family of Michael Christian Zinke

Story First Published: 2013-07-24