Mike T. “Mickey” Davidson, 80, passed away September 29, 2016. He was born April 3, 1936 in Annarose (Live Oak Co.). His mother passed away when he was 1 year and 4 days of age. He graduated from Orange Grove High School in 1953 and was voted Senior Class Favorite. He married the love of his life, Joyce Krause, on July 5, 1953. He was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Portland.
Mickey began his career in the oil and gas industry “roughnecking” at the age of 16. He worked for Wymore Oil Co. for 4 years and retired from Coastal Oil and Gas Corp. as production superintendent after 38 years of service. His career took him to Argentina and Venezuela. He earned a reputation as an expert on production facilities, platforms, pipelines, compressor stations, and off-shore operations.
Mickey and Joyce were transferred from Orange Grove to Hebbronville, Skidmore, Freer, Fulton, and finally to Portland (1966), where they have lived for 50 years. After retiring in 1996, he formed MTD Oilfield Services, engaging in oil and gas consulting.
He was volunteer fire chief in Fulton from 1961 – 1965. He always liked to tell about a motel fire they had. They saved half of the swimming pool.
Mickey and Joyce owned the SHA-LIN Ranch in Live Oak Co. for 39 years. He loved ranching, raising cattle and horses.
Mickey was a charter member of Coastal Credit Union. He was listed in “Who’s Who in the South & Southwest” 1991 – 1992. He lived his life his way, with no regrets. He loved singing country/western songs, especially “Seven Spanish Angels” in Spanish and English. He will be greatly missed.
Mickey was preceded in death by his mother Teofila in 1937, age 23, his brother Eddie in 1960, age 27, his stepmother Ernestina in 1969, age 55, and his father Mike, in 1972, age 74. Joyce & Mickey told each other that whoever passed from this earth first would wait for the other just beyond the moon.
Mickey is survived by his devoted and faithful wife Joyce of 63 years, one daughter Sharon Polansky and her husband Ron of Corpus Christi, his beloved granddaughter Stephanie Polansky of Houston, and one son Link Davidson of Kyle and Brad Hamerly. He is also survived by his brother John Davidson (Linda) of San Antonio, his sister-in-law Doris Scholz of Corpus Christi, three nieces: Brenda Wooden, Susan Davidson, Teresa Doud, three nephews: Ray Brumley, Eddie Davidson, Tommy Davidson, two great-nieces and two great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday, October 2, at Limbaugh Funeral Home, 500 Wildcat Drive, Portland, Texas. Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Monday, October 3, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 619 Lang Road, Portland, Texas. Burial services will follow at Palms Memorial Gardens, 4335 County Road 3567, Portland, Texas.
Pallbearers are Link Davidson, Brad Hamerly, Ron Polansky, David Ainsworth, Brad Gavit, and Pat Kraus.
Honorary pallbearers are Frank Brandon, David Ainsworth, Jr., and Steven Masters.