The 57-year-old had been a longtime prosecutor and was elected state district judge. Anderson had only taken office as DA in January when he revealed in May that he was being treated for an undisclosed type of cancer.
At a memorial service at 1st Presbyterian Church on Main St, those who knew him said his legacy won't be defined by his time as district attorney or a state district judge, but by his wisdom and warmth.
Mike Massey, former Pasadena Police chief who grew up with Anderson, said he was not about impression, but instead was a man who impacted the lives of many people.
Former DA Paul Shiffer said he never wanted to be known for his titles, but as Mike Anderson.
After the service, people said Anderson left a lasting impression.
Unnamed male: "He was very smart, but he was easy to work with, just a kind guy. I liked working with him when I was a defense attorney."
Vivian King: "I'm Vivian King and I was a prosecutor with Mike Anderson, so I respected him a lot, and he was very kind and concerned about the community."
Pat Hernandez asked Mike Kosher, "How do you remember Mike?"
Mike Kosher: "Well, he was a great man. I tried a case against him and loved him as a judge and (was) a fine fellow."
Attorney Shelton Sparks: "I'm a criminal defense attorney and I had the pleasure of practicing before him several times in his courtroom and he was always firm but he was fair, and he was somebody that would give you a strong consideration toward leniency for your client if he deserved it. He'd see which way he could work with you to make it happen."
Anderson is survived by his wife Devon, son Sam and daughter Brynn.