I begin to notice that as my 40’s roll on, we certainly hear about more of our friends getting sick and passing away. Road people, the extended family, are spread out all over the world and often don’t talk to one another for years. This new experience of first not seeing them online, not crossing their path in the random job/airport and then hearing about it after is becoming more frequent.

Last night I got a call from Pat McLendon who let me know that his brother Mike had passed away. I had toured with both brothers (at the same time!) in the late 90’s and worked for Mike’s production company, Texas Events. He seemed to be one of the few guys who made the transition from road to home gladly and successfully. A good soul and a warm man to work around, his humor and experience will be missed. His notice from the Houston Chronicle is below…

Mike McLendon

MICHAEL RAY MCLENDON, 49, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at his home in Pasadena, Texas. Michael was a native Houstonian, a 1977 graduate of Milby High School and the founder of Texas Events, Inc.

A passionate outdoorsman, Michael loved spending time with wildlife and prior to his illness could often be found on hunting leases all over the great state of Texas or fishing on his beloved boat in Galveston Bay.

Michael is survived by his wife, Barbara and daughters Meagan and Katie McLendon. He also leaves his paternal grandfather, Harry McLendon, parents Beverly and Raymond McLendon, parents-in-law, Jack and Joan Moore, brother Patrick McLendon and wife, Dawn, brothers-in-law, Scott Moore and Marvin Wallace and wife Debbie.

Uncle Mike and all his toys ~ fishing poles, remote controlled cars, and electronic gadgets of every description will be most missed by his nephews and niece; Cole Moore, Brady Wallace, Matthew and Sean McLendon and Meredith Wallace. A large extended family, his crew at Texas Events and a circle of great friends also survive him.

A memorial service honoring Michael’s life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fairmont Funeral Home, 6777 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas with the Reverend Darwood Galloway officiating. Private interment will be held later in Center Point, Texas.

Barbara and the girls would like to express their sincere gratitude to the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff of MD Anderson Melanoma Department for their devotion to the care of cancer patients. Their journey was eased by the compassionate care of Odyssey Healthcare, to whom they are so grateful.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to: MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486. RE: MELANOMA RESEARCH Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.fairmontfh.com