Henry "Mike" Michael Rabun Jr.

September 24, 1940August 15, 2017

Henry "Mike" Rabun, Jr. September 24, 1940 - August 15, 2017 Henry Michael Rabun, Jr., a native Texan, passed away on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, in Granbury, Texas, at the age of 76. He was born September 24, 1940, in Houston, Texas, to the late Henry “Hank” M. Rabun and Euva B. Sitton Rabun. Shortly after graduating from the University of North Texas with a journalism degree, Mike was employed by United Press International in 1962 as a general sports reporter. He took part in covering such events as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and was an eyewitness to the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. He also took part in the coverage of the first manned moon landing, Apollo 11, and Apollo 13. Mike was named Southwest Division Sports Editor for UPI and began covering a myriad of sports including Summer and Winter Olympic Games, Super Bowls, Masters, U.S. Open and PGA Championship golf tournaments. He covered activities of the Texas Rangers, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks and Southwest Conference as well as dozens of NCAA tournament basketball games and Final Fours. Mike was a long-time contributing writer for the Dallas Cowboys Star, formerly the Cowboys Weekly. He also served for many years as a member of the Selection Committee of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Mike is survived by his wife of over 53 years, Janet E. Rabun, and two daughters: Tracey L. Coe and her husband, William O. Coe; Hillary J. Prieto and her husband, Anthony E. Prieto; four granddaughters: Julia J. Coe, Rachel R. Coe, Angelina L. Prieto and Isabella G. Prieto, all of Austin, Texas. Mike is survived by a sister, Robin A. Rabun, and her husband, Leroy Smith, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Mark Evans and Leslie Wogstad of San Antonio, Texas; Randa Hiemke of Saginaw, Texas; Emilie Lamb of Ft. Irwin, California; and Ellen Satterwhite of Washington, D.C. Visitation: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Friday, August 18, 2017, Wiley Funeral Home, Granbury, Texas. Visitation: 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 19, 2017 until 12:00 PM service time, Saturday, August 19, 2017, Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, Dallas, Texas, Officiated by Jerry Doherty. Interment: Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park, Dallas, Texas. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


  • Visitation Saturday, August 19, 2017
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 19, 2017


Henry "Mike" Michael Rabun Jr.

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Vicky Bowles

January 19, 2018

So sorry to learn, belatedly, of Mike's passing. He was one of my favorite people and best mentors at UPI in Dallas in the '70s and '80s. I think of him each year when we go to the Formula One race in Austin -- Mike had me do feature interviews for the Dallas Grand Prix F1 race in 1984. That launched my addiction to the glories of F1. He was a special man, one of the very best writers it's ever been my pleasure to know, and a genuinely nice guy.

Chuck Debevec

August 21, 2017

My condolences to all of Mike's family. Mike was a great Unipresser and a true gentleman. To me, he was the Iron Man. During the Olympics, for example, he would calmly churn out countless well-written stories. Each would be imbued with a word, a phrase, a sentence that made it Mike's. What a talent. He is missed.

Bill Melton

August 21, 2017

Sincere condolences on Mike's passing.

He was an outstanding journalist, great man and good friend.

He will be missed.

May God Bless Mike and the Family.

David R. Holland

August 20, 2017

Mike was one of my mentors in sports writing and I was always happy to be paired with him at The Wide Open -- Colonial's media golf day. And I was thrilled when Mike asked me to be his substitute whenever he wanted a night off from covering the Texas Rangers and sometimes the Mavericks. I'll never forget him saying, "Call me if Nolan Ryan has a no-hitter going into the seventh inning and I'll start driving to Arlington." That's how dedicated Mike was to his profession. He was a great role model for all. RIP Mike.

Mary Freeman

August 20, 2017

Janet, I am so sorry to hear of Mike's illness and passing. May he rest in peace. Love and prayers to you and your family.

Shelly C. Kuehn

August 20, 2017

Dear Janet -I have often wondered where you & Mike vanished to after you up and married so fast, but I always had the fondest thoughts of both of you as we all hung around together in the Chat & Yucca offices. And now to find the you were living so close in Granbury. And I know there are others from our "J" group who will be as sad as I am at your loss of a longtime husband and everyone's loss of an excellent newspaperman. Mike was a good guy, and he had a good woman by his side. Fondly, Shelly Caldwell Kuehn

Rich Luna

August 19, 2017

RIP Mike. Thank you for all the guidance, kind words of encouragement and friendship during our time together at UPI. Sandy and I remember when you stayed with us in Houston. We had such a good time. To the Rabun family, we have you in our thoughts and prayers. -30-