J. Michael O’Toole was born Aug. 3, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His family moved to Dublin, Ohio, in 1987 where he attended The Wellington School, graduating with highest honors. During this time, O’Toole achieved all-state honors in golf and received the prestigious “Archie Griffin Award” from the Ohio State High School Athletic Association. His education continued at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., where he again graduated with highest honors and played varsity golf.
After spending several years with his family in Laguna Beach, he moved back to St. Augustine to start a new business. O’Toole, 29, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep on May 8.
He is survived by his parents, Susan and Nicholas O’Toole, and brother, G. Taylor, all of Laguna Beach; and his grandmother Evelyn Knott of Peoria, Ariz. Grandparents Gilbert Knott and Jack and Lauretta O’Toole, all of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, predeceased him.
Among O’Toole’s favorite expressions was, “You drive for show and you putt for dough!” God bless him and keep him safe in golf heaven. Everyone whose lives he had touched will miss him.
Services are set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 13, at Laguna Beach’s St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1042 Temple Terrace.