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
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.