Michael “Coyote” David Franklin was born on Sept. 24, 1947 in Santa Barbara, California to Alfred and Marga Franklin. Raised in Carpinteria (Class of ’65), Michael Franklin died on Feb. 23, 2019, in Vallejo, California, where he had lived for more than 25 years. In Vallejo, he was part of a tight-knit family of “characters.” Known for his heart of gold, Mike was a truly good friend and always first there to help when needed. Mike was a gifted musician, artisan woodworker, a voracious reader and lender of books, and an avid fisherman.
In addition to his many close friends in Vallejo, he leaves behind a treasured daughter Veronica, (his daughter Michelle predeceased him in 1984), brother John Franklin and sisters Cathy Closson and Betty Franklin. A celebration of his life will be held in Vallejo, as well as a family service in Carpinteria.