Michael Charles Yates

October 30, 1980September 18, 2013

Michael Charles Yates, born on the 30th of October 1980 in Houston, Texas, died unexpectedly on the 18th of September 2013. He leaves behind a world of family and friends whose lives he touched and to whom he gave unfailing support, love, comfort and joy.

Michael graduated from Lamar High School in 1999, and was a National Merit Scholar. He graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University in 2002, where he received the Bonnie Brown Award as the top political science graduate. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 2007 with honors. He practiced law in Houston, Texas.

After family and his many friends, Michael was passionate about fishing, hunting, the outdoors, and Aggie football. He also loved music, playing his guitar and fiddle, painting and drawing.

Michael was the proud Godfather of Hannah Lynn Doumany of Fort Worth, Texas.

Michael is survived by his parents, Terry Allen Yates and Martha Perdue Yates of Houston, Texas; his brother, John Allen Yates of Houston, Texas; his uncle, Dr. Don Perdue and aunt Judy Perdue of Alexandria, Louisiana; his uncle, Dr. Charles W. Yates, Jr. and aunt Sally Yates of Richmond, Texas; his uncle Earl Van Hook Perdue, Jr. and aunt Linda Perdue of Tacoma, Washington; and his cousins, Earl Perdue, Eric Perdue and Laura Higdon of Tacoma, Washington, Chuck Yates, Jay Yates and Kenny Yates of Houston, Texas, Bobby Yates of Richmond, Texas, Kimberly Perdue and Melanie Taylor of Dallas, Texas, and Dr. Donnie Perdue of New Orleans, Louisiana and his many friends.

Friends are cordially invited to gather with the family and share remembrances of Michael during a reception from five o’clock in the afternoon until eight o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 25th of September, in the grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.

The memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Thursday, the 26th of September, in the Sanctuary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road in Houston, where Dr. Linda Christians, Executive Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Michael’s memory may be directed to the charity of one’s choice.


  • Visitation Wednesday, September 25, 2013
  • Memorial Service Thursday, September 26, 2013

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September 28, 2013

I have so many good memories of Michael and Chris Kansas playing. Soccer and baseball together. Playing and having innocent fun. My heart and deep emotions are present for you all. BettyLewis. Chris's mom.

September 28, 2013

Dear Martha,
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Denise Soodhalter

Rob Lawson

September 28, 2013

John, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. You and your family are in our thoughts. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you guys.

Cheryl Lawrence

September 25, 2013

Martha, I knew you from Westbury United Methodist Church and lost track over the years. I am so sorry to hear of Michael's death. He was a remarkable young man, and I can only imagine the depth of your loss. May God wrap His arms of love around you and your family.

Cheryl Lawrence

September 25, 2013

Martha and Terry,

My heart is breaking for you all. I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Rosie Henry

Pete Jensen

September 25, 2013

Michael and I became friends on a study abroad excursion in Costa Rica back in 2002. Besides a reunion trip some of us made in 2004, I only saw Michael a few times over the recent years. However, we always remained in contact and very good friends. That is mainly because of the positive impact he made on my life and probably the lives of anybody that he ever met. He was so incredibly funny, smart, and would give a stranger the shirt off of his back.

September 25, 2013

My heart aches. Ross was blessed to have Michael in his life. They were the closest of friends. True Aggies as they went through UT Law together. They laughed, they had deep talks and just shared life. Michael (who was just called Yates)was a beautifully creative, unique man who made memories that will never fade. Yates we love you!
Katherine Owen (Peavey)

September 24, 2013


Our condolences to you and your Parents. Our heart goes out to you during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Robert and Mary Garcia

Cheryl Vogt

September 24, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Sandy Dahlke

September 24, 2013

Dear Martha and Terry - Please accept my sincere condolences. I only remember Michael as a little boy, but I'm sure he grew into a wonderful young man with such parents as you. I cannot imagine your loss, and I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.