But, did you know that Mike is a direct descendant of Squire Boone, the father of American pioneer and folk hero Daniel Boone? And Mike’s wife, DJean Becker-Osborne, a PSAR member and broker, is a direct descendant of Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart, known as Mary Queen of Scots, who reigned from 1542 to 1567.
“We’ve done our ancestry research and I’m also Welsh from the island of Wales along with some Cherokee Indian,” said Mike, age 54. Squire (his first name, not a title) Boone immigrated from England to Pennsylvania in 1713. Squire, who worked primarily as a weaver and a blacksmith, married Sarah Morgan from a family of Quakers. In 1731, they moved to Pennsylvania’s Oley Valley and built a log cabin where Daniel was born, the sixth of 11 children. “Our country roots are one reason why we do so well with animals,” Mike said.
Mike and DJean have four dogs and a horse. Their dogs include a toy poodle, Yorkshire terrier and two West Highland white terriers. Their Arabian horse is named “Win” who is boarded at Suncoast Ranch, a 40-acre boarding facility that has access to beach areas where horse riding is permitted. Mike says Win enjoys the sand and the surf. Mike and DJean met at the Imperial Beach Pet Hospital. They were married in 2011 on 11/11/11. It was their first marriage for both of them.
Mike was born in Coronado while his father served in the U.S. Navy. He was the third sibling of four. “My first few months of life were spent living at a trailer park in Imperial Beach,” Mike said. “Growing up, I never lived in the same place for more than two years.”
After graduating from high school in Virginia, Mike attended the Citadel, also known as the Military College of South Carolina in Charleston. He graduated in 1983 with a degree in electrical engineering. “In the Navy, I attended some of the final intelligence classes that focused entirely on the Soviet threat,” Mike said. “After me, the focus changed to include Middle East terrorist groups.” He later earned a master’s degree in physics from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.
Mike served 11 years in the Navy, from 1983 to 1994, on three different ships, including the USS Callaghan, a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Germantown, a landing dock ship, and the USS Duncan, a guided-missile frigate. Mike served as a Surface Warfare Officer. “The Surface Warfare Officers community has a nickname which is black shoe to differentiate from the aviation officers who used to wear brown shoes,” said Mike. He finished his active duty Naval career as a Lieutenant.
After the Navy, Mike took a year to take care of his father, who was dealing with cancer. He then passed the Series 3 National Commodity Futures exam and worked as a commodities trading advisor until 2002. He then spent the next year as a truck driver for Omaha, Neb.-based Werner Enterprises, Inc. During some months in 2003, Mike logged more than 11,000 miles. Then, in 2004, he began assisting his sister, Dr. Kimberly Osborne, who purchased the Imperial Beach Pet Hospital. He also then became active with the Imperial Beach Chamber.
“I like the feeling of community that is prevalent with PSAR,” said Mike. “The best community organizations have members who are highly dedicated, professional and friendly, and that describes PSAR.”