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Michael Austin Green

February 4, 1964 — January 19, 2024

Michael Austin Green was born on February 4, 1964, the seventh child, to Barbara Ann Austin and John Murphy Green, now deceased, Mike was named after his maternal grandfather. For all Mike’s life until he moved to San Diego to attend SDSU, the Green’s lived in Temple City, California. One by one, about college age, the older siblings moved away. So over time, instead of being the last in loud and vibrant household, Mike formed a special bond with his mother before himself leaving for university. Eventually in his career, Mike ingeniously planned for the financial care of his mother for the rest of her days.

 

Mike was a straight A student since preschool, where he graduated wearing a cap with a propeller on top. He amazed his siblings with memorizing all the states, state capitals and the correct order of all the American Presidents early on. It seems his interest in politics and history began at an early age. Mike was also a star athlete, excelling in baseball much like his older brothers. But Mike traded his glove for a racket making tennis his singular focus. Putting miles and miles on his moped, Mike played while receiving lessons from his beloved Coach Frameen. Playing in tournaments all over the state, Mike reached a rank of 7th in the State of California Juniors Tennis, a few slots behind a kid named Andre Agassi.

 

Mike also had a love of music, particularly music coming out of England in the late 70’s and early 80’s that landed somewhere between Punk and New Wave. A similarly large Catholic family as the Greens, to keep their kids busy, bought a rundown theater in Pasadena which hosted these new, young, energetic and off-beat bands and called it Perkins Palace. Mike was a regular.

 

After attending La Salle High School for his freshman year, Mike attended Arcadia High School and graduated in 1982 near the top of his class. Mike made lifetime friends there before borrowing his brother Jack’s Vespa scooter and enrolling in San Diego State University. In typical Mike fashion, in determining to set the world on fire, he settled on a double major of Journalism and Political Science.  He joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in Fall 1983 and was rush chairman.

 

Mike was a registered representative of Paine Webber in La Jolla, California from 1990 through June 1999. While at Paine Webber, Mike pioneered a fee based investment advisory program which did away with the commission based system with his clients. In 1999, he co-founded Benham & Green Capital Management, a Registered Investment Advisor, and was a managing member of the firm before joining AMM in September 2013.  He directed and hosted the political/financial talk radio program “Politics of Money w/Mike Green and Jim Benham” from 1991-2009.

 

 Mike leaves behind his beloved wife Leah, his much loved brothers and sisters, Brian and Leslie Green of Lincoln City, Oregon, Kevin and Susan Green of San Raphael, California, Judy Smith of Billings, Montana, Sue and Joe Nevin of Helena, Montana, Terri and Matt Petre of Spokane, Washington, Jack and Sarah Green of Altadena, California, and John Loomis of Bishop, California, who joined the Green Family when Mike was 7 years old, along with numerous nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and nephews and one cousin, Sally Brown of Omaha, Nebraska.

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