Mike Whitmarsh
(1962 - 2009)

Mike Whitmarsh

May 18, 1962

February 17, 2009

Mike, you will be dearly missed. You are a great role model and terrific athlete.

Michael Whitmarsh was an American volleyball player, who won the silver medal in the men's inaugural beach volleyball tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics, partnering Mike Dodd. He was born in San Diego, California, graduated from Monte Vista High School (Spring Valley, California). He then attended the University of San Diego. Throughout his career he has earned over $1.5 million, as well as 28 titles.

The 6' 7" Whitmarsh played college basketball at the University of San Diego and was drafted by the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers in the fifth round in 1984. He also played briefly with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He also played professionally in Germany for three years.

Mike was a fantastic team player, and will be missed by many. Rest in peace.

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Planning on traveling to the BYU vs San Diego game this year to watch a teammates son play. Haven't seen Whitty since 84. Thought there might be a chance he was connected to the USD bball Team, wanted to look him up.

Even through his passing was hears ago, i had no idea. And am saddened and shocked that he is gone. Mike had a huge, kind heart. I am sure that his loss is still felt by his immediate family. God bless you all.

Like everyone, I Loved Mike. He was a brother to us all. Kind, caring, a leader, and tremendous competitor, (always appreciated playing with and not against Whit). While our lives took different directions, i was always thrilled by Mike's amazing accomplishments, and was thrilled for his Olympic success.

Grateful I knew him. Grateful for the great life he led, and the example he was for me. God bless and keep him, and his sweet family.


Craig Bradley (Grossmont Teammare)
November 15th, 2015
Rest in Peace, Mike. Wish you could have stayed around. My deepest sympathy to your family.
Jo Mar
December 27th, 2009
Got to know Mike back in the early 90s when I worked as an AVP massage therapist in both Chicago's North Ave Beach and Bradford Beach in Milwaukee.
One of the nicest guys on the tour. He will surely be missed.
Debbie Graf (AVP Massage Therapist)
June 1st, 2009
Got to know Mike back in 89 when he competed in australia. He was a great guy. I was lucky enough to face him across the net back then.

As he went on to compete on the AVP tour I followed his career with interest.

He was loved by so many beach volleyball fans as he came across as a great guy.

It is a big loss...

Rob K (competitor)
February 25th, 2009
I didn’t know Mike personally with the exception of a many conversations at Manhattan/Hermosa Beach over the years. I was just a fan who now finds himself touched by the loss. I was truly impressed with Mike’s abilities, on and off the court.

Godspeed to Mike and his loved ones.
Rick Roberts (fan)
February 21st, 2009
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"Rest in Peace Mike."
Lauren Jacobs
July 1st, 2009
"Words can't describe...you were the best. Big Whitty, you will be missed. - Maria"
Maria K
June 11th, 2009
"Your are in your Father's arms now, free of pain & heartache. Thoughts of you evoke wonderful PURE memories. Fortunate to have known you."
Gina Storey
April 23rd, 2009
"Mike, you will be missed...Rest In Peace"
February 19th, 2009


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