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Michael Wayne Orchard

July 21, 1965November 8, 2020
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Michael Wayne Orchard age 55 passed away peacefully at his lake house on November 8, 2020 after a battle with Glioblastoma.

Mike was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 21, 1965 to Don and Annette Orchard. He graduated from Hallsville High school and went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from The University of Houston. Mike started his career with Arthur Anderson and went on to work for several companies in the cellular industry. He was currently employed with SunCom Mobile as Chief Financial Officer. Mike’s career advancements brought him to several cities around the country where he has been fortunate to form lifelong friendships.

Those who know Mike know that he loved the lake and his lake house. Whether it was Lake Lanier or Lake Livingston, his best days were always by the water. He was an avid fisherman and carpenter and there wasn’t a project he wouldn’t undertake and accomplish. Mike lived his life to the fullest and was always the first person on the dance floor. His entertaining and DJ skills are legendary among his friends.

Mike’s life was centered on his family. He is survived by his Wife Kimberly and their children Kristen and William “Kyle”. He is also survived by his Parents Don and Annette Orchard as well as his siblings Deanna Simmons (daughter Rachael Simmons, son Ray Simmons), Cynthia Orchard, and David Orchard (son Benjamin Orchard).

A memorial service will be held at 10 am on Saturday November 21, 2020 at Memorial Oaks 13001 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77079.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Faris Foundation (www.thefarisfoundation.org) in Mike's name. The Faris Foundation helps bring brighter days and better treatments to children with cancer.

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

Services

  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Tracey Meronyk

November 21, 2020

To the Orchard Family,
I am so saddened with Michael’s passing. With a brilliant, engaging personality, Michael always brought smiles or laughter to everyone. I will miss Michael but know he is looking upon his family and friends continuing to bring joy to those around him!
Tracey & Taylor Meronyk

L Jordan

November 20, 2020

Kimberly, Kristen and Kyle, We remember when you first moved to Cypress and will hold our memories fondly. We always knew Mike worked hard to provide the best for your three. You all are in our prayers.

Jack Brundige

November 18, 2020

My wife Jackie and I had the privilege of knowing Mike and Kimberly and getting to be good friends in the mid-1990's in Kentucky. Mike and I worked together at GTE Wireless. I was GM in Lexington and Mike was GM in Louisville and along with our great leader Tom Gawronski, we accomplished so much professionally and we all became so close. Mike was so smart, so intense and also fun. I wish I had a video of our lip-synch "skit" we did at one of our big annual Sales Meetings. Kimberly, we have so many great memories our families shared - the Bahamas trip, living like kings and queens for a weekend at the Kentucky Derby and cruising on your boat - you and your family are in our prayers.

Linda Meyers

November 17, 2020

Mike had us rocking in Indiana. Memories of him teaching us how to boat, how to love music, how to celebrate family. Your entire family will always be a significant memorable loving part of ours.♥️

Susan Blaies

November 14, 2020

I met Mike through Deanna and I have known the Orchard family for many years. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers for you all. I remember Mike when he was working at the Exxon station and attending U of H. He was always so nice to me, so funny and always had a smile on his face. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. May God surround you with many happy memories and may His grace be with you all at this difficult time.
Love,
Susan

Tom Gawronski

November 14, 2020

I knew Mike as a generous genius. Mike was like a brother to me in my career. I will regret forever not being able to see him before he was taken from us. Though I know Kim, Kristen, and Kyle and the rest of the Orchard clan will miss Mike tremendously, I also know that Mike has left them with the strength to overcome the loss with time.

I could not be more thankful that Mike and I first crossed paths when we both passed through Louisville, KY during a brief but impactful stint in our careers. Together, we inherited a very difficult situation that required creative approaches and extraordinarily hard work to overcome, but overcome we did. It was also Mike’s first opportunity to lead a large team of people. He was a natural due to his honesty and concern for the success of all with whom he worked.

I think an anecdote from that time sums up Mike. Our families lived in the same neighborhood. One night, I went to visit Mike to hash out some work issue or another. We were talking in his garage that was as immaculate and organized as an operating room while he worked on rebuilding a Jeep. A few weeks later, we met at a boatyard where he and Kim were overhauling a boat of some 35 ft. He had all these huge personal projects going on even as we faced an all-consuming challenge at work. Meanwhile, I was barely able to help get my kids to bed at night after work.

Later in my career, I reached out to Mike to bring him to Nextel to run a region that included Texas. I was fortunate Mike accepted for him and Kim to get back home to be closer to family. Nextel Texas was a chronic underperformer and had suffered a predecessor who was, well, not a good person. Of course, I knew Mike would take it from worst to first in no time, and he did.

As I told him and Kim recently, he had the unique ability to combine the rational with the creative and communicate in a way that made him a natural leader. Without Mike, I would not have enjoyed the success I did.

Rich Guidotti

November 13, 2020

I worked as a peer of Mike’s for several years back at BellSouth and Cingular. He was respected as a solid leader and a straight shooter. He never held back and he spoke clearly of his convictions. Those are two characteristics that were desperately needed in his capacity as the VPGM of the Georgia market. I was sad to see him leave the company as we needed more people like him to keep us on track. Candidly, we need more people like him in this country.

My prayers go out to Mike’s family and closest friends - it goes without saying we lost a good guy when Mike passed.

Sue McCormick

November 13, 2020

Spending time with Mike and family on Lake Lanier was a time we will never forget ! You will be missed Mike! Love to your family. Bob and Sue McCormick.

Shannon Ulmer Upchurch

November 13, 2020

I worked with Mike at Cingular Wireless/AT&T in Atlanta, GA, and will always remember his smile. He was so friendly, warm and inviting. But his smile and personality I will never forget.

Sending condolences to the Orchard family and to all who knew Mike and had the pleasure to be in his presence.

Shannon Upchurch (Ulmer)

Robin Lindberg

November 12, 2020

Kimberly....my heart bleeds and my eyes leak. Praying for you and your family. Asking God to wrap you in His arms while you find peace and comfort.
Bless you.

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