R. A. "Mickey" Deison Jr.
May 6, 1931 – October 13, 2020
R.A.” Mickey” Deison, Jr., 89, the former Mayor of Conroe and Montgomery County Judge, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from complications related to COVID-19. He spent a lifetime dedicated to bettering the greater Conroe community.
Mickey was born May 6, 1931 in Austin, Texas, to the late Reverend R.A. Deison, Sr. and Helen Kirk Deison, the second of seven children. The family moved to Conroe in 1948 when his father became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.
After graduating from Austin High School in 1949, he spent one year at Austin College and one year at the University of Texas before enlisting in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Following his military service, he resumed his undergraduate studies at Sam Houston State University, receiving his BBA in 1957. While there, he married fellow student, Justine Calfee Deison, on December 21, 1957. In 1960, the couple moved to Houston where their children Dana and Michael were born. While working full time, he attended night classes at South Texas College of Law, earning his law degree in 1966. After a year practicing in Houston, he moved his family to Conroe. He started a new law firm there, formed the Universal Land Title Company and was part of the team that developed the Louisiana Pacific Building. In 1970, with no prior political experience, he decided to run for Mayor of Conroe. He defeated the incumbent by a two to one margin and was elected to a second term. He also served as Montgomery County Judge from 1977 to 1982. He then stepped away from politics to focus on his law practice.
In addition to practicing law, he served his community as founder of the Montgomery County Youth Services, lifetime member of the Montgomery County Fair Association, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, President of the Montgomery County Bar Association, President of the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Chairman of Conroe Industrial Development Corporation Board, a member of Conroe Noon Kiwanis Club, and a mentor for Project Mentor. He was an avid pilot. His passion for flight as well as his concern for Conroe’s economic future resulted in the Conroe North Houston Regional Airport air traffic control tower being named in his honor in 2011. He was a long-serving member of the Conroe Airport Advisory Board and was credited for the vision behind the 240-acre R.A. Deison Technology Park.
Mickey, a lifelong Presbyterian, led a full and rewarding life defined by work, community, family, friends and faith. At 89, he continued to practice law with George Gordon and enjoyed working with his longtime clients. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend as well as a true gentleman. He held a particularly special place in the hearts of his five grandchildren. His laughter and leadership will be dearly missed.
The family wishes to thank Kim Cruz, his secretary of 32 years, for her faithful and loyal service.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Rebecca Deison Damron of Burnett.
He is survived by a loving family, including his daughter, Dana Deison Porter and her husband, David, and their sons, William, Andrew and David Jr., of Fort Worth; son, Michael Deison and his wife, Tracie, and their children Erin and Ray of Leander; his daughter by Suzan Phillips Deison, Taylor Deison of Houston; brother David Deison and his wife, Nancy, of Weatherford; brother Reverend Pete Deison and his wife, Markay, of Dallas; sister Diane Deison O’Leary of Lubbock; sister Betty Lou Deison Cash and her husband, Jim, of Kerrville; sister Patsy Deison Peacock of Kermit; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 28th at Metcalf Funeral Home, 1801 East White Oak Terrace, Conroe, Texas 77304 Burial: A private graveside service will be held Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel of the Park Mausoleum Garden Park Cemetery, 801 Teas Road Conroe, Texas 77303.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 2727 North Loop 336 West, Conroe Texas 77304, The Jesus Film Project, 100 Lake Hart Drive, Orlando, Florida 32832 or a charity of choice.
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R. A. "Mickey" Deison Jr.
October 21, 2020
As a local pilot, it has been my honor to have known Mickey Deison as a wonderful example of an aviator and promoter of aviation in Montgomery County. Always the caring, encouraging and excellent leader of our airport board, his dedication was so very apparent. Pleasant and ever-smiling, Mickey will always remain one of my favorite people. He is missed.
October 20, 2020
To the Deison Family:
We must begin with our deepest condolences for your loss. We are keeping you in our prayers. We (my whole family) relied on Mickey for two generations as our family lawyer. From land acquisitions, to wills, and or other legal advice, Mickey was the go to guy for my parents, my sister, and my present family. We all loved him. My mother and father would always say, "Call Mickey. His advice is golden!" and so we did. Never did I come to the office when he did not sit me down and visit. Such good stories from a kind, kind man. What business I had, we would discuss thoroughly, but before business began-though occasionally afterwards- he would ask about my family and I would in turn ask about his. It was at these moments his eyes would light up. His love and pride in his family was crystal clear. Mickey, to me, will forever remain larger than life. We will miss him dearly.
With our deepest sympathy,
Jim, Sheryl, and Maddie Moore
October 14, 2020
Mickey was a great friend and mentor to many of us. He always had a smile and good word for everyone came in contact with. His service to the our community was great and sharing weekly meetings with him in our local Kiwanis Club was a blessing to us all. The Conroe Noon Kiwanis will truly miss him. I was able to speak with him before he went into the hospital and he was at his office that day and he stated, "I am looking here at a photo of Jesus and that reminds me of a great salvation". Mickey loved his community and the community loved him. My condolences to the Deison family.
October 14, 2020
I feel blessed to have known Mickey these last 45 years. One one the finest gentlemen I’ve every been privileged to know. Rest In Peace, my dear friend.
October 14, 2020
I first met Mickey in 1969 when I came to Montgomery County to work in the banking industry. Mickey had a successful career as an attorney, mayor of Conroe and Montgomery County Judge. He was also a 60 year plus member of Conroe Noon Kiwanis Club and I had the honor of being a member with him for close to 30 years. Mickey was truly a good man, a gentleman, and a caring person. Lately, I heard him say many times, we all need to get right with Jesus. Thus, I know he is now with Jesus in Heaven. To Mickey's family,know that you had the best of the best in Mickey. May God give all of you peace and comfort during this time of great loss. God Bless,
Jim Matthews and Jackie Marhofer