Michael was born to Joe and Justine Fillet Castro at home in Otay, CA on 10/16/1923. Otay was a small farming community south of Chula Vista near the Tijuana Mexico border. Michael went to grade school and graduated from Sweetwater Union High School in Chula Vista. He enjoyed playing tennis, loved dancing, in which he won many contests, and truly enjoyed watching boxing matches with family and friends. After graduation, he became employed at Consolidated Vultee (commonly known as Convair) and worked through the ranks from assembly to foreman depending on the contracts awarded during wartime.
Michael married Eva Cervantes in 1943. She passed away on January 3, 1953, and was survived by their two sons Michael Henry and David Richard. Mike continued to work at Convair during the World War II years. On November 30, 1958, he married Barbara Jean Morantine, they are the parents of Kevin Joseph, Kimberly Jean, and Kenyon Jay. Michael continued to work at Convair but with the decline of the aerospace industry he was compelled to look at other areas of interest. Michael was ambitious and always thinking ahead but family and their well-being was always the top of his priorities. Michael and Barbara Jean invested in real-estate property in the North Park community. Living in North Park gave him benefits due to his longevity in the area. Senior citizens that knew him would call upon him for assistance with small problems. His talent began to be recognized in the area. He applied for a business license under the name of Castro Maintenance for landscaping, gardening, and small repairs. Ultimately he took his state contractor’s test for a license and successfully passed and became known as Castro Plumbing. He was very successful and great at what he did. The seniors in the community are now gone as he is – he left a lasting impression. Leaving North Park, he personally downsized and purchased a mobile home where he continued to make friends and help others. He spent his last couple of month in an assisted living facility where his health quickly declined and he peacefully passed away on June 2, 2021. Michael lived a good life, enjoyed by his family and friends. He is survived by his five children, Michael Henry Castro , David Richard Castro , Kevin Joseph Castro, Kimberly Jean Ketron, Kenyon Jay Castro, and twelve grandchildren. May his soul rest in peace, Amen.