Memorial Oaks Funeral Home & Cemetery

13001 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX


Michael Hurst

July 15, 1958October 15, 2019
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Michael Joseph Hurst passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the age of 61. Michael was born on July 15, 1958 in Council Bluffs, Iowa but considered himself a Texan after moving to Houston in 1980. Outside of his career as a Structural Designer, Michael had a deep passion for knowledge. He rarely missed an episode of Jeopardy and delighted in sharing his endless trivia knowledge.

Michael loved the Nebraska Cornhuskers (Go, Big Red!), Texas A&M Aggie football, and the Houston Astros. He was a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo enthusiast, participated in a cook-off team for many years, and served on the Armed Forces Appreciation Committee.

“Grumps,” as his grandsons affectionately called him, made friends wherever he went and never met a stranger. His boisterous personality will be sorely missed by his friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Hurst. He is survived by his wife, Betsy Hurst; daughters, Kathleen and Claire Hurst; sister, Sally Parrack and spouse Bill; step-daughter Katie Deakins and spouse Kyle; and his grandsons Jackson and Weston Deakins.

Visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home on Sunday, October 20 from 5-8 pm. A service and burial will be held at the same location on Monday, October 21 at 10 am.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you perform an unexpected, unsolicited act of kindness in Michael’s name.


  • Visitation Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, October 21, 2019


Michael Hurst

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Vastine East

October 21, 2019

I will always remember his intelligence! His personal strength! And above all his Honesty!!! He brought all of these qualities into the workplace!! After meeting Michael while working for ABB Lummus Global until a few years ago when we connected again working for Woodgroup, I will remember him as a friend!! Gone from this life to the Eternal!!

ken donaldson

October 21, 2019

Michael and I worked together on many projects as fellow structural designers. In all my years in the industry, I will remember his drawings as the apex of what should be delivered to a client. He was my "go to" guy for trivia of all kinds ... sports, classic rock, history, politics ... you named it, he usually knew it. And with his wit he could always make me laugh ... out loud. He deserves a special thanks for his work with the Houston Rodeo, his patriotism and his appreciation of our nation's servicemen and women.
Rest in peace, buddy.

Jim Haas

October 20, 2019

I’m a high school classmate of Michael, or Mike as many of us called him in HS. I remember one football practice where he & I got into a “scrape”. Just competitive juices flowing and in the heat of the moment. It didn’t even take until after practice was over for both of us to get over it. I mostly remember his smile and laugh and his good-hearted nature. I know he’s missed by all the lives he’s been a part of.

Joseph Conlon

October 20, 2019

Betsy, Kathleen, Claire, and the Hurst family... We are saddened to hear the news of Michael and offer our condolences. We were all high school classmates of his and have fond memories with him during those times – some clearer than others. We remember his stories, laughter, and passion (he would say “charm”) that were larger than the “State of Texas”. He shared his joy and love of the state (Armed Forces and A& M Aggie football) and the Houston area (Bar-B-Q cook-offs, Astros and Rockets) with his friends “up North”. We will miss his texts, emails and phone calls on current topics or his occasional vents. We grieve with you through this difficult time. We know memories of Michael will endure and remind us of his love for family and friends.
Joseph Conlon,
Martin Stokes,
David Sulentic,
Dennis Buhman,
Kelley Hannan

Martha Auriemma

October 20, 2019

Michael...you will be missed. I will always remember the day we met and the fun we always had whenever we were together.
You are the reason I have a love for BBQ and the family that comes with it.
Betsy, please know I’m here if you need anything.
Mr. J sends you his love and he and Anne would be here if they could.

Maiya Johnston

October 19, 2019


I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I know how much you loved him. I am thinking about you and your family, especially your Grandma Dorothy.


Vickie Houston

October 19, 2019

Kathleen and Claire, I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. Know that your family is here for you and we love you very much. Both of you and Grandma Dorothy are in my prayers.

Kaye and Audy Holman

October 19, 2019

Kathleen and Claire, we love you more than you'll ever know. We are so sorry about the loss of your dad. Dorothy, we are truly sorry about the loss of your son. Know that all three of you are in our prayers.

The Holmans

Nancy Mickey (murphy)

October 19, 2019

So sorry to hear about Mike. I was a classmate. He was so much fun in school. We were in drivers ed together and one day we were driving in the snow. We were always supposed to know what each and every sign said. Well this particular day, one of us, I won't mention a name, was asked what the sign said that we had passed. When said person did not know, our teacher made us get out of the car and tromp back to see what the sign said. Mary Keenan and I, of course were in our uniforms so it was a little chilly. Mike never missed another sign. Again I am so sorry for the loss of Mike. Thoughts and Prayers to the family.

Nyla Bennett

October 18, 2019

Kathleen & Claire, my thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your dad and to Dorothy on the loss of your son. This is a difficult time, but know you have family and friends who love you very much..