The Cambrian

Mike McLaughlin, longtime community leader, dies at 74

Mike McLaughlin died Aug. 12 at his Cambria home. A former attorney, he had lived in Cambria since 2006.
Mike McLaughlin died Aug. 12 at his Cambria home. A former attorney, he had lived in Cambria since 2006.

Mike McLaughlin, 74- year-old trustee on the Cambria Community Healthcare District and business representative on the North Coast Advisory Council, died Aug. 12, 2016, at his Cambria home.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, 1174 Main St.

According to government codes, the health care district has 60 days in which to take applications, interview candidates and select a new trustee to fill the vacancy. If they don’t complete the selection within that time, the decision will be made by San Luis Obispo County supervisors.

McLaughlin was a retired attorney, an avid baseball player and sports fan who coached high school baseball and softball, and a substitute teacher at Cambria’s middle school and high school. He had played semi-pro baseball as a youth.

He was born in 1941 in San Francisco to parents John and Jean McLaughlin. He was educated at Bay Area schools and seminaries, and at the University of San Francisco and Lincoln University Law School. He was class valedictorian at the latter.

He passed the bar exam in 1972, the first time he took it.

Mike McLaughlin worked for 32 years for Teamsters Union Local 856 in San Bruno, the largest Teamsters union local in Northern California. He was elected six times to be the local’s principal officer.

He had served since 1994 as chairperson for a $25 million medical trust fund. He mediated differences of opinion in the medical field, leading to mutually agreed-upon resolutions and served as deputy county counsel for San Mateo County.

He had a lifetime secondary credential, and he taught in San Francisco and San Jose.

He and his wife Nancy McLaughlin moved to Cambria in 2006, and he quickly became involved in various community activities, such as Santa Rosa Catholic Church Pastoral Council and Men’s Club, Cambria Lions Club, the advisory council and healthcare district, Cambria Round Table and ROMEOs (Retired Old Men Eating Out). He served in leadership roles in many of those groups.

According to health care district representatives who consulted with counsel Ray Biering, the ongoing 2016 general election process has no effect on how to fill McLaughlin’s seat, the term for which runs through 2018. Four candidates for two other seats are on the ballot, including the two incumbents.

He is survived by wife Nancy, three sons, one daughter and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Cambria’s Anonymous Neighbors, P.O. Box 1797, Cambria CA 93428.