August 7, 1963 - October 8, 2021
Michael Dennis Flanery unexpectedly passed away Friday, October 8, 2021 at the age of 58 at his home in Midland, Texas. Michael, also known as Mike to many people was born to Roger Dennis Flanery and Frankie Marlene Gibbs on August 7, 1963 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up the oldest of four in League City, Texas. Graduated Clear Creek High School in 1981, taking particular interest in the JROTC program during those years ran by General Bailey. After high school Michael enlisted in the Army serving faithfully and honorably for many years before being honorably discharged. During his service in the army, Mike had the honor of serving as a Reserve Officer for the police department in Leesville, Louisiana while stationed in Ft. Polk.. He then found a love of IT and began a successful career in the field, working through the remainder of his life. Recently Mike had taken a job with his youngest brother Roger being the one to train him, just the other day the two were sitting back laughing about the baby of the crew training the oldest.
Mikes siblings Donald, Felicia, and Roger recall sitting at the dinner table taking turns flicking peas at eat other and laughing every time they hit eat other with one and hoping that their parents did not see what they were doing. There are many wonderful memories shared between the siblings that could make all of us laugh but the pea fights stand out to them. They will miss their brother terribly but take comfort in knowing he is likely throwing peas at their parents in Heaven.
Michael later moved on to have five kids of his own Brian, Aaron, Jennifer, Patricia, and Shauna. Being a single dad to his children he continuously worked to provide and make sure they had what they needed. Friday nights were designated and pizza and movie nights for them to all be able to hang out, talk about their week, and enjoy each other’s company. His youngest daughter Shauna recalled these nights being her favorite, describing fond memories and laughs. Mike was also known as the “funny” uncle. He always made jokes, and used sarcasm, he was sure to be the laugh of the summers that his nieces and nephews spent over there. As a grandpa Mike adored and loved his grandchildren and thought they were true angels sent from above. He was always present and sure to make sure they all knew how much grandpa loved them. His sister Felicia remembers that Mike was her first protector. As a young boy, Mike felt that it was his duty to protect his baby sister at any cost. And he bravelydid so. She remembers that they were walking home from school, she was 6 and he was8. They were usually picked on by another family’s brother and sister that was much bigger and known as the neighborhood bullies. We decided that if they were going to get taken down that they weren’t going down without a fight one particular afternoon. Once hit, Mike and Lori looked at each other and swung back at the same time breaking both the bullies noses and ran home. After their Dad received from the bullies parents about hospital bills for the two, their Dad sat them down and asked two questions. 1) Did you start it? and 2) Did you finish it? They both replied “No sir, we didn’t startbit and Yes sir, we finished it. They never got in trouble for the incident. Felicia said “my brother didn’t like anyone picking on his baby sister.” I always had my brother’s back. His brother Don remembers “Mike and I used to play war in the pasture behind the house shooting each other with BB guns. We hid the marks from mom.”
Michael married Dulce Maria Martinez Gutierrez Flanery of Mexico on December 29, 2016, was the one both could see lasting forever. Michael had truly been in love with Dulce as was she with him. The two spent many wonderful days and night enjoying each other’s company making plans for the future. Happiness and love radiated from the two. When Mike married Dulce he gained another son, Jorge Pablo Martinez. These two shared a special bond. Pablo will miss Mike very much.
Howard “bubba” Walthall cherishes many memories with his best friend from their many road trips, years of working together, game related things though he did it because Mike loved it. He loved just being around him in general, having his presence, making jokes with and at each other or at someone else. Howard has spent many years with Mike and enjoying the person he was daily. He does and forever will miss him terribly each and every day.
Mike is survived by his wife, Dulce Maria Martinez Gutierrez; his son Brian Flanery; his son Aaron Flanery; his daughter Jennifer Flanery (Phillip Poundstone); his daughter Patricia Flanery; and his daughter Shauna Flanery (Luis Gamez); also his son Jorge Pablo Martinez; his brother Donald Flanery (Jennifer Flanery), his brother Roger Flanery (Billie Flanery) and his sister Felicia Flanery; his grandson Christian Alexander Kekoa Flanery, his grandson Kaiden Shaughn Flanery, his grandson Camren Sevastien Flanery, his grandson Kaileb Titus Flanery, his grandson Collin Matthais Flanery, his grandson Aiden Tyler Marshall, his granddaughter Laurel Katherine Marshall, his grandson Connor Ryan Marshall, his grandson Jayden Giovanni Gamez, his grandson Adrian Alfredo Gamez, his granddaughter Sophia Elizabeth Gamez, his grandson Luis Isaiah Gamez, his niece Candice Estrada (Nathan Estrada), his great nephew Dominick Garcia, his great nephew Kian Cruz Garcia, his great nephew Liam Kai Estrada, his niece Kayla White, his great nephew Ryder Malina, his nephew David Williams, his nephew Justin Noel (Tiffany Noel), his niece Angela Williams, his niece Heather Lilly (Nick Lilly), his great nephew Dylan Lilly, his great nephew Eathan Lilly, his great niece Paige Lilly, his great niece Ember Noel, his great niece Ashlynn Blake Noel, his niece Brittany Knighten (David Knighten), his great niece Alexis Elaine Knighten, his great nephew David Michael Knighten Jr., his niece Katie Ann Lopez Hernandez (Jesus Lopez Hernandez), his great niece Sienna Shea Lopez, his great niece Darci Marlene Edis Lopez, his great niece Evalynn Amelia Lopez, his great nephew Ryker Jesus Myles Lopez, his nephew Nicholas Brian Flanery (Shaylie Flanery), his great niece Raelynn Michelle Flanery, his best friend Howard “Bubba” Walthall and his nephew Justin Williams.
Mike also left behind many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his father Roger Dennis Flanery and his mother Frankie Marlene Gibbs.
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A visitation will be held for Mr. Flanery on Thursday, October 21 from 10am to 12pm with a funeral service to immediately follow at Darst Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Houston National Cemetery at 2:15pm.
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