Michael Neil Fortenbury
10/9/1955 - 6/1/2019

 

Michael Neil Fortenbury passed away June 1, 2019 in Dallas, Texas at the age of 63. He was born October 9, 1955 in Dallas, Texas to Velton (Pete) and Ruby Jean Fortenbury. He is preceded in death by his father Pete Fortenbury; brothers Dan and David Fortenbury; sister-in-law Sherryl Fortenbury; grandparents Jesse and Mable Julian; Ed and Ollie Fortenbury and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. 

Michael is survived by his mother, Jean Fortenbury and brother Jeff; Niece Amy and her husband Jason Standifer, their children Morgan, Logan, Landon, and Carys. Niece Alissa and her husband Shane Reed and their children McKenna and Blaise. Nephew Ryan Fortenbury and his wife Heather, their children Madison, Melainey and Macie. As well as, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

At the age of eight, Mike was diagnosed with a kidney disease and his doctors restricted his activity. However, Mike was active in the marching band and played the clarinet throughout high school, and was an avid reader. He graduated from Carter High School in 1973. Mike attended Mountain View College where he received his Associates Degree and then went on to attend Texas A&M University at Commerce. While at Texas A&M he belonged to a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. He would often help with various needs throughout the community and once drove around to help find an elderly person who had been missing from the nursing home. Mike enjoyed living at the familyís farm where he would often be found planting in the garden or working with the cattle. He graduated in 1984 and received his degree in Bachelorís of Business Administration. 

Through the years, Mike continued to persevere despite having two kidney transplants that failed. In 1995, he received his third kidney transplant, which he had for 18 years, and allowed him to buy his own home and live in Fort Worth several years, before the kidney failed.

In 1997, he graduated from the El Centro College Computer Programmer Training for People with Disabilities. He became a computer programmer and senior analyst for First American, which later became CoreLogic, and worked there until the kidney started failing. 

Mike loved his family. He had a great sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes. He loved Jesus and was active in church when his health permitted. He will be greatly missed!

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Coker-Mathews Funeral.  Burial will follow at Sonora Cemetery in Fairlie.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until service time.

The family request in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to: National Kidney Foundation of North Texas, 5429 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75240.




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