Michael D. Lingerfelt

November 19, 1956May 9, 2018

A worship service celebrating the life of Michael Lingerfelt will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1pm at the Downtown Baptist Church, Orlando, FL. Michael passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 9 and entered into Heaven. He was born November 19, 1956 in El Paso, Texas and all who know him realize how important being from Texas was to him. Texas was home no matter where he lived and being a Longhorn was central to who he was. He was a stand-out multi sport athlete whose love for the orange and white ran deep.

In 1976 he married the love of his life, Rebecca (Covington) and in 1980 they graduated on the same day from the University of Texas. Michael earned a Bachelors in Architecture and went on to earn a Masters Certificate in Virtual Design from Stanford University.

Michael designed projects that dot the landscapes of major cities around the world. His work has been enjoyed by millions and his pioneering efforts in public service brought comfort and relief to areas devastated by natural disasters. He partnered with major corporations such as Darden Restaurants and Chick-fil-a to design energy efficient buildings and enthusiastically served on boards across the state of Florida to encourage students who were entering the design industry. One of his most treasured career achievements was his elevation to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2012. He earned this honor for outstanding service and contribution to the profession, which was the root of his lifelong career.

Of all his scope of work, it is undoubtedly his work as a Walt Disney Imagineer of which he was most proud. Serving as the Architect of Record for billions of dollars of construction including the redesign of Tomorrowland, renovation of Main Street, and creation of Mission Space, Disney Springs, Rock & Roller Coaster and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Michael served the Lord faithfully in so many ways...high school Sunday School teacher, deacon, prayer warrior, and preschool volunteer. Behind the scenes he was quick to offer his expertise to churches who were renovating or designing buildings, saying he knew that “buildings don’t change people, but what goes on inside of them does.” He knew how to take the gifts God gave him and use them to further His kingdom.

Above all, Michael loved and adored his family. He was a devoted and loving husband to Rebecca and was immeasurably proud of his children, son-in-law and grandchildren. He was an amazing Daddy and GDaddy and he brought joy and laughter into all their lives. His magnificent presence and undeniable legacy will forever be a part of his family.

Michael is survived by his wife, Rebecca, daughter Melissa, son Grant, son-in-law Blake and grandsons Parker, Brody and Griffin. Donations can be made to fund a scholarship in his name at Student Leadership University, which is an organization near and dear to Michael’s heart.


  • Michael is survived by his wife, Rebecca, daughter Melissa, son Grant, son-in-law Blake and grandsons Parker, Brody and Griffin.


  • A Celebration of Michael's Life Saturday, May 19, 2018

Michael D. Lingerfelt

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robyn collins

December 18, 2018

i was searching for michael's info today, to ask him a question...

It is with an instantly saddened heart that I learned he has gone to Heaven already.

We met when Michael taught a storytelling conference that I attended, and left inspired by.

We stayed in touch off and on over the years, exchanging the occasional story or question about creative matters.

I have such mad respect for his heart and passion for excellence and tender yet voracious spirit for the Gospel.

I am so sad for the left behind and so happy for my effusive friend.

To his family... wow! what a guy! At least you have some earthly monuments (Everest, tree of life, Saddle Back kids area,, etc. etc. etc.) that allow you to be close to him here, until you are reunited with him one day in Heaven.

Tammy Decker

May 23, 2018

I met Micheal almost 20 years ago when he visited Kansas City for a Disney project he and his team were working on. Although our interaction was brief and random, Michael’s genuine, kind, Christian soul had a lasting impression on me. He came to our home for dinner on one of his KC trips and spoke of his family and his love for the Lord the whole evening. Rebecca, Melissa, and Grant... you (and your families) are his world. Michael enjoyed a full, dynamic life of which he shared many “God Winks 🙏!” It was my honor and privilege to call him friend.

Your Husband/Best Friend, Daddy, GDaddy will be greatly missed by all who were blessed with his presence.

Tammy (Supplee) Decker

Darren Heine

May 19, 2018

In the brief year and a half that I've known Michael, I've grown to admire his priorities, his passion and his giving spirit. Most recently in San Diego we talked at length about his partial move back to Texas to be close to the kids and grandkids, our Texas Longhorns sports, his latest efforts in disaster training and response, and always about his family. He was looking forward to coming to Brenham with the grandkids this Summer and I had offered to show him around the area. I will miss our talks but I will remember his enthusiasm for giving and sharing with others. My prayers for peace and comfort are with the family.

Darren Heine, AIA, AIA Strategic Council Class of 2019

Kelly Hayes McAlonie

May 18, 2018

Michael was a good friend of mine from the AIA Strategic Council. We were both XIXer's. Michael spearheaded the initiative for us to get a class coin and he had it designed. As the class representative, I would bring extra coins with me to our class events because we were all terrified that Michael would throw down his coin at any moment! I carry my coin in my purse now at all times. My other classmates carry theirs as well. When I see my coin I think of Michael and smile.
With fondness,