OBITUARY

Michael Christopher Preite

August 18, 1987November 4, 2018
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Michael Christopher Preite, 31 years old, died suddenly on November 4, 2018. He is survived by his mother Dawn Chyten, sisters Courtney Chyten and Katie Preite, his father Joe Preite, his stepmother Danette Preite his brother, Joey Preite, his maternal grandparents Jan and Ann Jensen, his paternal grandfather August Preite and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Mary Patricia Preite.

Michael died from a drug overdose. He would be mortified to know that we are being so open about this, but since his secrets did not serve him well in life, it is our hope that our honesty about his death will help others who are struggling in their own journeys.

Michael struggled with addiction over the last 15 years, despite numerous drug treatment programs and assistance. While he used many drugs over these years – heroin was his drug of choice.

Anyone who knew Michael knew he was hard working, always willing to help anyone in need, had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Michael hid his addiction from everyone around him and his inability to stay clean made him feel like an outcast. He was so lonely, even though he was never alone and just wanted to be loved. We have now found that he was actively journaling about his life and feelings and about drugs, he said: “I just keep going back to what makes me feel good… something you hug and it hugs you back…”

As part of this addiction, becoming a good liar is part of the disease, and Michael was no different than any other addict. We all thought and felt he was doing better. He finally started working again, was showing interest in friends who were not into drugs, trying to reconnect with family and put on the show for all of us. But that is what it was, just a show. He was lying to us and we all so much wanted to believe he was doing better. It helped us to believe things were changing for him…we were busy, we had our own lives and we did not want to accept that this disease was killing him.

In the end, that is what this disease did… it killed him. Michael had so many secrets and he would hate that we are being so open about them now. But for the greater good, we hope that his situation can help others struggling with addiction. Two ways that you can help 1) learn about the opioid epidemic including that many addictions begin with just 5 days of a legal prescription ( link -https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline and 2) If you, a friend or a family member is struggling with addiction, please contact the national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Let’s all remember that smart, young, loving kid with the big smile and twinkle in his eye. Let’s remember the young man who was willing to help anyone in need. And during this difficult time, let’s remember the joy he brought to our lives.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com for the Preite family.

  • FAMILY

  • Dawn Chyten, Mother
  • Courtney Chyten, Sister
  • Katie Preite, Sister
  • Joe Preite, Father
  • Danette Preite, Step-mother
  • Joey Preite, Brother
  • Jan & Ann Jensen, maternal grandparents
  • August Preite, Paternal grandfather
  • Michael also leaves to cherish his memories numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Mary Patricia Preite.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Memorial Service Monday, November 12, 2018
REMEMBERING

Michael Christopher Preite

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Steven Trevino

November 12, 2018

Mike,
I appreciate the help you contributed at Sams Club, and staying late that one night to (reset seasonal) I mean who else wanted to stay late to move bbq grills back and forth?!? Lol. I will never forget you telling me, Hey, Steven if you ever need help let me know. To me that was more meaningful than the help itself. Rest Easy Mike.

Steven

Aaron Chyten

November 12, 2018

I have been waiting to share my thoughts, because that makes this truly real for me. I'm not ready to say goodbye Mike. So for now, I will instead say the thing I always said to you whenever we saw each other or spoke especially when we were saying goodbye. I love you buddy. Technically we don't share any DNA, but you are definitely my cousin and absolutely my family. You were also my friend. Through the most triumphant of times to the hardest of times I just wanted you to know, I always loved no matter what. We both had many of each, good and bad times which is part of the journey. We have great memories too. I always hoped one day we would be the old guys looking back at when we were young and dumb. And although we won't get to do that nor will we get to go to that comedy show in a few weeks, I want you to know, that for the rest of my life, you will always be with me and always be a part of me. I'm very grateful for the time we had and for the last conversation we shared face to face about relationships and how some evolve in someone unfortunately fall to the wayside. And how much you appreciated your family especially your mother and sister. We ended that conversation like we always do saying I love you right as we were parting ways. I would do anything so make it where that wasn't our final I love you. But just know, I always appreciated having you as my family. And as hard as it's going to be to say goodbye, I will always still have that love for you in my heart and will cherish the times we did have together. Life isn't easy and I know it wasn't for you a lot of the times. For me you were a special and a warm person and I will always think of the good times the most. From the first time we met as little guys to having you spend the night at my apartments when I was just beginning to be an adult, all the way to the last great talk we had. I will end this the way we always did. I love you. I hope to see you again, my family my friend

Joan Smith

November 9, 2018

Michael
Although, we knew each other for a short time I was touched deeply by your thoughtfulness and kindness. You have such a kind and humble spirit. When Eric teased you about me giving a Sam’s Club thank you pin for your kindness ( I don’t just give to anyone) I hoped you understood how special you were. We meet many types of people in our lives You were very special to impact my life in such a short time. You weren’t just a great coworker but a kind and loving person. People like you are never forgotten. I wish we could have talked on more personal level and you would have known we had more things in common than you think. To your family I give my prayers and love. I am a recovered addict and lost someone very dear to me through suicide. I also understand when you feel alone in a crowded room. I want to share with your family that pain and struggles of an addict can’t always be explained or understood. Always remember than our loved ones although it may seem we may not act like it are our love, joy happiness and celebrations. Your legacy to me Michael is that of a man of kindness, thoughtfulness, and humbleness. Your smile and acts of kindness will be forever remembered.
One of my favorite scriptures is
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:13
Michel you were one of goodness. Thank you for being a blessing

Love your coworker Joan

Danette Preite

November 9, 2018

Michael,
When I first met you you were a precocious four year old little man who knew exactly what he wanted. I will treasure all the good times we had together..mini road trips, Sunday dinners or just coming over to talk. You were my music man, and we would talk for hours about all the new bands..who we did and didn’t like. Game of Thrones too.
I sit here with a bruised and broken heart thinking the loss of a child is something no parent is ever prepared for. But on the other hand I have been so lucky to have you in my life for 27 years. You’re generosity and love for friends and family showed. I miss you so much it hurts! My heart will never be the same. Rest In Peace Michael and I look forward to seeing you again when the time comes.

Love,
Danette

Aaron Costa

November 9, 2018

Michael,
I remember being an angry teenage punk when my mom first started going out with your dad and partially growing up with you after they got married. You were a sweet soul who was ALWAYS extremely generous and had a smile from ear to ear. I was shocked and horrified by your passing at FAR too young an age and I hope that you are not suffering anymore. Miss you Bro... ALWAYS

Ashley Colding/Greenway

November 8, 2018

Michael will be dearly missed by our family. He has known our children nearly their whole lives. Known as Uncle Mike by our two boys he did so much for them and loved them as only a Uncle could. He was always polite, caring and kind to us. Words can not express the despair we felt when we heard of his passing. We will keep Dawn and the rest of Michael’s family in our hearts and prayers. ❤️

Joe Preite

November 8, 2018

Michael,

You were my first born child. I remember being in the delivery room the day you were born. I was grinning from ear to ear with the joy of being a father. I remember taking you to your first Yankee game and many years later you taking me to Derek Jeter's last game against the Rangers. But most of all, i remember what a kind and big heart you had. We didn't always see eye to eye, but I loved you so much and am completely devastated by your passing.

I love you now and always will.
Dad

Griffon Lutz

November 8, 2018

I don’t even know how to begin. Micheal you and Dawn were so great to me. When I didn’t have money you guys fed me. When I had no where to stay you gave me a place to sleep. You even let me go on 2 family vacations. I owe you and your family more then I could ever repay. I went to my first stand up comedian with you. It was Dave Chappelle, all of our friends wanted to go but it was just us because we were the only 2 that were 18 at the time. We also went to many concerts. Modest mouse being the most frequent as it was our crews favorite band at the time. I have many more amazing stories that I had the pleasure of sharing with you. I love you Mike. Although I know I will see you again someday, I will always miss you. Till next time my friend.

Linda Jensen

November 8, 2018

Oh Michael, you will be so terribly missed. My first memory of Micheal was the day he flew to Austin from California to visit his uncle Chris and his grandparents. He was probably about 8 or 9 years old. I can still see the grin he had plastered across his face, from ear to ear, as Chris proudly took him around and introduced him to everyone. Such a sweet little fella I remember thinking. A bit shy too at all of the attention he was getting, but also loving being loved so much.

Michael you were always so kind and caring, patient and compassionate. Such an amazing big brother to Courtney and a wonderful son to your mom. You always took care of the little ones in the family. Playing endless games in the pool to entertain them or just making sure they had what they needed. Always putting everyone else’s needs before your own.

These last few days I’ve thought about what might I have done to help you. I didn’t realize you were in so much pain. I hope that you have finally found some kind of peace now.

Love,
Aunt Linda

jamie greenway

November 8, 2018

when we where kids everyday we would all pile off the bus after school and get to russlin around as young boys do. mike would play for 5 minutes then walk a mile there and back to davis elm to get courney. she was just a lil baby then. twenty minutes after the bus let us out, here they would come walkin back everyday. i know mike loved music. he went to all the festivals around town ritually. dawn, mike and courtney showed me what the word selfless meant later on in my life. joe grand and i used to call him mike jones back in high school and i know he hated it but it was all in good fun. watching the super bowl on erics big tv. At jakes moms funeral we all cried and laughed together. we road to colorado together when yall moved up there. lotta memeories. wouldnt have missed it for the world. dawn courtney im here for you. love u mike. see u on the other side.

Biography

Michael Christopher Preite, 31 years old, died suddenly on November 4, 2018. He is survived by his mother Dawn Chyten, sisters Courtney Chyten and Katie Preite, his father Joe Preite, his stepmother Danette Preite his brother, Joey Preite, his maternal grandparents Jan and Ann Jensen, his paternal grandfather August Preite and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother Mary Patricia Preite.

Michael died from a drug overdose. He would be mortified to know that we are being so open about this, but since his secrets did not serve him well in life, it is our hope that our honesty about his death will help others who are struggling in their own journeys.

Michael struggled with addiction over the last 15 years, despite numerous drug treatment programs and assistance. While he used many drugs over these years – heroin was his drug of choice.

Anyone who knew Michael knew he was hard working, always willing to help anyone in need, had a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. Michael hid his addiction from everyone around him and his inability to stay clean made him feel like an outcast. He was so lonely, even though he was never alone and just wanted to be loved. We have now found that he was actively journaling about his life and feelings and about drugs, he said: “I just keep going back to what makes me feel good… something you hug and it hugs you back…”

As part of this addiction, becoming a good liar is part of the disease, and Michael was no different than any other addict. We all thought and felt he was doing better. He finally started working again, was showing interest in friends who were not into drugs, trying to reconnect with family and put on the show for all of us. But that is what it was, just a show. He was lying to us and we all so much wanted to believe he was doing better. It helped us to believe things were changing for him…we were busy, we had our own lives and we did not want to accept that this disease was killing him.

In the end, that is what this disease did… it killed him. Michael had so many secrets and he would hate that we are being so open about them now. But for the greater good, we hope that his situation can help others struggling with addiction. Two ways that you can help 1) learn about the opioid epidemic including that many addictions begin with just 5 days of a legal prescription ( link -https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline and 2) If you, a friend or a family member is struggling with addiction, please contact the national helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Let’s all remember that smart, young, loving kid with the big smile and twinkle in his eye. Let’s remember the young man who was willing to help anyone in need. And during this difficult time, let’s remember the joy he brought to our lives.