by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography

It’s Good to be Back!

For the Dee family, life revolves around family time, sports, helping animals in need, and the San Diego Padres. Mike is the president and CEO of the San Diego Padres, and he is thrilled to be back in the town where it all started. “Mike’s career began in 1995 with the Padres, and we were here for more than eight years. We were married at the Hotel del Coronado, our oldest son, Spencer, was born here, and we saw construction begin on Petco Park. We moved to Boston in 2002, where Mike worked for the Boston Red Sox and Tommy was born. We then relocated to Miami for four years. We are now happy to be back in our favorite place and be with the team where it all began,” revealed Karen.

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Both the Dee boys have a healthy appetite for learning. Spencer, an eighth grader, enjoys math and Theatre Tech classes, while Tommy, who is in sixth grade, loves English classes and being a class representative. “As a family, we spend a lot of time engaged in sports. Mike loves to play golf, paddle board, and bike, I love to play tennis, and the boys play several sports, including baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. And we go to quite a few Padres games,” laughed Karen.

“As a family, we spend a lot of time engaged in sports. Mike loves to paddle board and bike, I love to play tennis, and the boys play several sports, including baseball, basketball, and lacrosse. And we go to quite a few Padres games,” laughed Karen.

The Dee family is also passionate about animals and supports the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Once a week, Karen, Spencer, and Tommy pack dog food for the Center’s AniMeals program which provides free food for the pets of elderly and disabled individuals. Karen is involved with the Spring Fling Gala, and Mike has been instrumental in getting the Padres involved in the Remember Me Thursday event, a worldwide coalition of pet adoption organizations, celebrities, and pet lovers who raise awareness about the plight of pets awaiting their forever homes. Pet adoption is a cause close to the family’s hearts. “Both our dogs were rescued. Bessie was adopted from a foster family, and Mike found Weezy in Miami, near Sun Life Stadium. She was scared and injured, and after three surgeries, came home with us,” said Karen.

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In their spare time, the Dees love to travel back to the East Coast to catch up with family and friends. Closer to home, Mike and Karen enjoy their walks with the dogs and coffee at Café Positano on weekday mornings once the boys are off to school. “It’s a nice way to start the day,” related Karen.

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AT-A-GLANCE

Parents: Karen and Mike Dee
Children: Spencer Dee (14, 8th grade), Tommy Dee (12, 6th grade)
Community: Rancho Santa Fe since 2013
Parents’ Hometowns: Karen – Long Island, NY; Mike – Baltimore, MD
Parents’ Occupations: Karen – Stay-at-Home Mom, Mike – President/CEO San Diego Padres
Pets: Bessie – 10-year-old Dachshund mix, Weezy – 5-year-old Shepherd mix
Favorite Places to Visit in Rancho Santa Fe: The farmers market, Caffé Positano, the trails

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