Michael J. Tyson

March 1, 1967November 28, 2018

Michael J. Tyson, age 51, of Spicewood, Texas, lost a long battle to metastatic prostate cancer on November 28, 2018.

Mike was born on March 1, 1967 and raised by his parents Barney Tyson and Eileen Tyson in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mike graduated from Alfred M. Barbe high school in 1985 and McNeese State University in 1990, both in Lake Charles. Mike was co-owner and CEO of Austin Gun Club, a private gun club and ministry where his goal was to share Christ with others through camps, retreats and the shooting sports. The family gives special thanks to his business partner and best friend Julie Clark for her love and support over the years and the blessing she was to the family in his final days. He will be missed by so many including his grandmother Ruth Tyson, his parents, older sister Janice Sue Crowell, brother-in-law Kasey Crowell, nephew Kobe Lang Crowell and his niece who has lived with him and helped to care for him the last two years, Kara Ashlee Crowell along with his younger brother Mark Eric Tyson and his nephew Logan Tyson. Mike was married for over 27 years to Laura Lanza Tyson and they had two children plus another that has been a special part of their lives and who they consider a son. There was nothing that brought more joy to his life than Meagan Ashley Tyson, David Michael Tyson and Joseph Conrad Dow Rogers and his beloved dog Cabo, who has spent many long days beside him on the couch or in bed. The only thing he loved more than his children was our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was devoted to Jesus Christ and tried to teach others about him. He was a member of Westover Hills Church of Christ since 2001 but also enjoyed attending church at Life Austin.

Mike was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish, train bird dogs, snow ski, wake surf, hike and explore. In his quiet time, he enjoyed reading and studying the bible and history. But most remember Mike as a talker. He loved people and enjoyed long conversations over coffee and he was loved and adored by so many. He was a young man with an old soul. He loved to coach the kids’ football and basketball and to be part of everything they did. Although Mike’s life was cut very short, the time he spent on this earth was very full and blessed. He traveled all over the US and all over the world. His favorite place was Alaska and his family will be returning to Alaska to spread his remains.

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents Dean and Juanita Weston and Murphy Jay Tyson, his niece Kasey Sue Crowell and nephew Kory Tyson Crowell and his very special friends David Welch, after whom his son was named, and Darren Caillouet. Knowing he would see them soon along with his savior brought him tremendous joy and comfort.

A Memorial Service in remembrance of Mike will be held on December 8 at 2:00 pm at Westover Hills Church of Christ, 8332 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas 78759.

Arrangements by Clements Wilcox Funeral Home, Marble Falls, Texas. Online condolences may be made at


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Sue Ellen and Matthew Crossfield

December 6, 2018

The first time I met Mike was at a neighborhood gathering down on the river. Mike was with his Dad Barney and carrying in one arm an Very young possibly newborn Meagan. Mike was glowing and had a smile on ear to ear! Meagan, he was so very proud of you and wanted to show you off to the world ! And he did!
Mike was a savior to me on many occasions. Matthew was traveling a lot at the time and on one particular occasion our Otto (daschund) was rattlesnake bit. I called and Mike raced over to help. He helped me get Otto from under the bed, calm my nerves and drove me into town to the emergency Vet hospital where Otto stayed overnight. Otto survived that night and I was able to bring him home the next day. During that first week home Mike would come over and check on Otto. It was during those visits that Mike would tell me “dog stories”. Mike loved telling the best stories! I will always cherish the time.

Paul Cormier

December 5, 2018

I knew when we had to combine the 5th graders of Dolby, Nelson and Prien Lake to field a football team a band of special brothers was born. Mike, you are now with David and Darren and I can't wait to see ya'll again one day. God Bless.

Harry Hank

December 5, 2018

Barney, I was so sorry to see the obit in this morning’s paper. You have my thoughts and condolences. Stay strong and carry on. Harry Hank

Gilles Morin

December 4, 2018

Please accept my condolences. I met Mike at Barbe High School, we played football together our freshman year. We remained friends and would get together often to talk and hang out. Fond memories include us playing football together (especially defense against Westlake haha), bumping into one another in Breckenridge, CO while skiing, and talking with he and his dad. I also had the good fortune to visit with he and his wife at the last high school class reunion.

Thanks for all the memories!

Carla and I are praying for his family.

Jack & Jamye Wilson

December 3, 2018

Mike was one of the nicest people we ever hope to meet. He lived every minute of his short life making other peoples lives better. His kindness and guidance to our grandsons and other children that he touched cannot be more highly valued. May his family be blessed with strength and cherish the many happy memories of a life well lived.

Paula Menard Mouton

December 3, 2018

I went to Barbe with Mike. He was always so
nice to everyone. I had been following him on Facebook during his illness. He is such an inspiration. My prayers are with his family.

Palmer Moe

December 2, 2018

Mike trained my Shorthair puppy, Sadie. He was over the top accommodating in fitting Sadie into his schedule. His faith was an inspiration. I pray for peace for his family.

Gino Troy

December 1, 2018

We were so sorry to hear of Mike's passing but know he is in good hands. He was very strong in fighting as hard and as long as he did. His faith in Jesus was only surpassed by his love for his family. I remember he was always such an inspiration and loved to help in any way he could. He worked with me in training my Griff, and taught me plenty. He shared special conversations with me that I will never forget. Our prayers are with his wife and family. He spoke often of how much he loved them and how blessed he was. Mike was a special person.

Sister (M (Ezell) Fontenot

December 1, 2018

I am so sorry to learn of Mike’s death. My son Bart sent me the notice. Mike seemingly had a wonderful life surrounded by family and friends! I remember the many times we shared as across-the- street neighbors! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Frank Sansalone

November 30, 2018

Fishing with Mike on the Blanco. He had a great day that day and caught many fish. Fishing was still good but he found a place to sit above us and watched us fish. I walked up there to see why he stopped. He said he was at peace. He really was...his face said it all.