OBITUARY

Michael "Mike" Kramer

November 2, 1968April 9, 2019
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Michael “Mike” Kramer passed from this life on to his eternal home April 9, 2019. Mike, who was 50 years old, was born in Richmond, Virginia on November 2nd, 1968 to Mort and Toby Kramer. He was the middle child and had two brothers, James and Robert.

Mike graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1986 and from East Texas University in 1991. After graduation, Mike worked at high school in Mesquite, Texas with underprivileged children. In 1998, Mike began working at Plano Sports Authority, where he worked for over twenty years in various positions, most recently as a Sports Director for the soccer program.

Mike loved sports, including football, basketball, hockey, and baseball, but soccer was his favorite. He started playing at a young age in Silver Springs, Maryland. His first season, Mike’s team lost every game, which Mike took it particularly hard since he was the goalie. Mike however, never gave up. He was the spiritual leader of the team and the next year he rallied the team to win the championship. When Mike’s playing days were over, he transitioned his love of soccer to coaching, ultimately coaching girls’ soccer in the Plano, Texas area for over 20 years.

Mike loved watching Big Bang Theory, listening to country music and playing fantasy football. He especially enjoyed listening to Garth Brooks.

Mike was known by his friends and family as a man who would do anything for you. Regardless of the task, you could always count on Mike to be the first one to raise his hand to help and that he would not leave until the job was done. Despite his warm and welcoming demeanor, there was one thing Mike had no patience for, with people who treated others poorly.

Mike is survived by his parents Mort and Toby Kramer of McKinney, TX; James Kramer and Diane Merkadeau of San Francisco, CA; Robert and Kendall Kramer of Wylie, TX; and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. Sadly, his dogs French, Pepper and Bradley preceded him in death.

Mike was loved while he was with us here on earth, and will be continued to be loved through time and all eternity.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, April 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Michael "Mike" Kramer

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Brian Schiff

April 13, 2019

I've known Mike for the last 7 years through PSA soccer. He was always positive, pleasant and helpful. He cared about making the experience a positive one for all the kids. He was calm and unflustered, through rain, parents and coaches! He will be missed!

Jaci Tomkinson

April 13, 2019

I first interacted with Mike when my husband and I were coaching 4 soccer teams at PSA. I got to know Mike when I became a volunteer on the PSA soccer board. He was always kind, made me feel confident and he definitely had your back at all times. I would always see him on game days monitoring the fields and he made sure to check that all was right with you. I feel honored to have known him. My heart breaks for his family. My sincerest condolences.

Jaci and David Tomkinson

Susan Vosburgh

April 11, 2019

Chris Erwin

April 11, 2019

I met Mike when I was coaching my daughter's rec team at PSA. He was first and foremost the person who you would want to speak with regarding any questions or issues that you were having. He always took the time to help you. Then, my daughter was lucky enough to join his Thunder team for the Fall of 2018. Even though she was only with Coach Mike for a short period of time, it was truly rewarding for her. He was the type of person that you wanted to coach your child. Mike cared about his kids on and off the field. He mentored them thru struggles and victories. His impact on his player's lives was far reaching. He will be truly missed. PSA and the Thunder Family lost a great man, mentor, and coach. His memory will not be forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Coach Mike.

We will see you again one day.

Kelby Lein

April 11, 2019

I absolutely loved working with Mike at PSA. He was always the one to check in on me and make sure I was okay. He always stood up for what he believed in and he was such a joy to be around. I sure am going so miss his little smirk.

Polly Schwab

April 11, 2019

For many years Coach Mike was one of the most important people in my life. He cared so deeply for all of his players and we all loved him. He was the best soccer coach I have ever had (sorry Dad and Mr. Foreman). Coach Mike taught me how to be a better athlete and I am forever grateful for that. He always believed in me and helped me through my struggles. I am sad that he had to leave us but I know that he is in a better place.

Todd Wallace

April 11, 2019

I knew Mike Kramer from my soccer club, (Dallas Cosmos), association with PSA. It was about 12-13 yrs ago and I walked into PSA because I needed a new indoor facility for our teams to play in during the winter. Upon mtg and talking with Mike, I knew immediately that we wanted to play there. Over the next 12-13 yrs, Mike has always taken great care of our scheduling, made things easy, made our coaches/teams feel wanted, and always answered my calls, on his personal cellphone, (at all hours), if we had any issues. He was the greatest customer service person I've ever dealt with, in any area. Over that time we developed a friendship and talked regularly. Each time I'd walk in the PSA bldg he'd see me, get up from his desk to greet me, flash that little half smile from across those desks which meant "I'm happy you're here!" He made everyone feel important. Maya Angelou once said, "people will forget what you said, forget what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel". Mike made myself, and so many others feel so important. He lived that quote. I've been grieving now since saying goodbye to him in person on Friday. As I drove around Plano this past wknd to my soccer games, I looked around and thought about all the times he had been in those PSA bldgs. All the times he had been up at Highpoint, Russell Creek, or Jack Carter. And now, he will never have an opportunity to be at those places again. As much as we want to see him, or talk with him, we just won't be able to stop by one of those places and find him. That is such a painful realization. It brings me to tears.. After this immediate pain of losing him subsides, my only hope is that he is looking down from heaven at all the lives he's touched, (and there are enormous amounts of them..), and realizing what a huge positive difference he made in all of us. RIP Mikey, you were truly a man for others.

Tracy Mishkin

April 10, 2019

Mike was my cousin. I miss him even more after reading these condolences and looking at the pictures. Your memory is a blessing, cousin, and you were a mensch.

Chloe Vosburgh

April 10, 2019

Mike Kramer, or Coach Mike to me had such a big impact on my life, and it’s hard to process that he’s gone. The first club team i’ve ever played on was Texas Thunder, and I can truly say he never gave up on me. I wasn’t use to the contact or foot skills it took, but he built up my confidence in soccer and continued to play me. He took me in like family from day one, then took me under his wing and showed me how to have a passion for soccer, work hard, and continued to remind me that most important thing was that I was having fun with it and to never forget why I started playing. Today I still use that advice and grew up to understand that if you’re honestly going after something you enjoy that’s where the heart and desire comes from. I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for him. This is incredibly heartbreaking and he will be missed so much. Thank you so much, lots of love from the Vosburgh’s.

Jimmy Smith

April 10, 2019

Nine years ago Mike asked me to coach a group of six year old boys. Most of that group are now still playing together, going to prom, learning to drive, and planning on their future. Just his one phone call gave me nine wonderful years . Mike's passion for teaching the kids, coaching the game, and the love of giving back to others will be missed.

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