MICHAEL EVANS FRAZIER

1949-2018

Houston Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Michael Evans Frazier went to be with the Lord on Mon­day, the 5th of Novem­ber 2018. Mike was born to Mar­garet and L.E. Frazier, Jr. on the 12th of Novem­ber 1949 in Hous­ton, the first of six sons. He at­tended Bri­ar­grove Ele­men­tary School, T.H. Rogers Ju­nior High School and Robert E. Lee Se­nior High School, where he ex­celled aca­dem­i­cally and ath­let­i­cally. It was dur­ing this time that Mike also de­vel­oped his love for mu­sic, es­pe­cially rock and roll. He played bass gui­tar with the Coach­men and the Mov­ing Side­walks, two pop­u­lar lo­cal Hous­ton bands. Mike went on to South­ern Methodist Univer­sity for one year be­fore trans­fer­ring to the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin, from which he grad­u­ated with a BBA in Fi­nance. While at UT, Mike was an ac­tive mem­ber of Phi Delta Theta and the Sil­ver Spurs, where he was chair­man of the Bevo Com­mit­tee. With Bevo in hand, he had a side­line pass for two Longhorn Na­tional Cham­pi­onships, in­clud­ing the epic Game of the Cen­tury win over Arkansas in De­cem­ber of 1969 in Fayet­teville.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Mike be­gan his busi­ness ca­reer as a stock­bro­ker with Rotan Mosle in Hous­ton, which ul­ti­mately be­came Paine Web­ber, where he grav­i­tated to in­sti­tu­tional sales and trad­ing. In 1985, Mike left Paine Web­ber to help form LEMARCO, Ltd., a Frazier fam­ily owned en­ergy com­pany that was the dream of his dad af­ter his re­tire­ment from his law ca­reer. With Mike at the helm of LEMARCO, his lead­er­ship qual­i­ties be­came ob­vi­ous and his path for the fu­ture was set. Mike joined Sim­mons & Com­pany In­ter­na­tional as a part­ner in 1992 where he de­signed and de­vel­oped a new sales, trad­ing, and re­search depart­ment. This was the start of an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer with Sim­mons that cul­mi­nated in Mike serv­ing as Pres­i­dent and CEO. His lead­er­ship not only led to tremen­dous suc­cess, but also fos­tered an amaz­ing cul­ture that en­dures to this day. Mike be­came a di­rec­tor of Piper Jaf­fray fol­low­ing its ac­qui­si­tion of Sim­mons in 2016.

Mike served as a mem­ber of the board of directors of Me­mo­rial Her­mann Hospi­tal Sys­tem, the board of directors of NOW inc., the board of trustees of the Hous­ton Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral Sci­ence, the board of vis­i­tors of the Univer­sity of Texas MD An­der­son Cancer Cen­ter, and the board of directors of En­ergy Op­por­tu­ni­ties Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment. He was a long­time mem­ber of Hous­ton Coun­try Club where he also served twice on the board of directors and was a past pres­i­dent.

Mike is pre­de­ceased by his par­ents. He is sur­vived by his beloved wife Bev­erly and his pre­cious daugh­ter Colby Frazier Martin, stepchil­dren Ned Holmes, Jr. and Berke­ley Downie (Ja­son), and his five grand­chil­dren: Christo­pher Holmes and Sam, Michael, Mal­colm, and Vivian Downie, who all af­fec­tion­ately call him Papa. He is also sur­vived by his broth­ers and their wives; Greg (Jean­nie), Bob (Michelle), David (Me­lanie), Paul (Pam) and Joe (Claire), as well as his cousins, many neph­ews and nieces, and their off­spring.

Mike lived his life to the fullest in ev­ery sense. His days were full of abun­dant love, up­roar­i­ous laugh­ter, and quiet faith in his Lord and Sav­ior, Christ Je­sus. He was fair, hon­est and al­ways look­ing out for ev­ery­one’s best in­ter­ests. He moved through life with hu­mor, ease and grace. He was a mag­netic force who drew peo­ple to­gether from all walks of life. He could tell a story like no other, give ad­vice on any sit­u­a­tion, and just make life eas­ier for all who knew him. Not only was he a great hus­band, son, brother, fa­ther, and grand­fa­ther, he was a ter­rific friend to so very many. He was truly ex­tra­or­di­nary and a great role model for all of us, es­pe­cially his grand­chil­dren. His loss is deeply felt but his legacy will en­dure, and he will be with us for­ever.

Friends are cor­dially in­vited to gather with the fam­ily and share re­mem­brances of Michael dur­ing a re­cep­tion to be held from one o’clock un­til three o’clock in the af­ter­noon on Sun­day, the 11th of Novem­ber, in the Lounge of Hous­ton Coun­try Club, 1 Po­tomac Drive in Hous­ton.

The me­mo­rial ser­vice is to be con­ducted at eleven o’ clock in the morn­ing on Mon­day, the 12th of Novem­ber, in the sanc­tu­ary of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Wes­theimer Road in Hous­ton, where Rev. Bill Den­ham, is to of­fi­ci­ate.

The fam­ily will gather for a pri­vate in­ter­ment.

In lieu of cus­tom­ary re­mem­brances, the fam­ily re­quests me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions to be di­rected to MD An­der­son Cancer Cen­ter, 1515 Hol­combe Blvd, Hous­ton, TX 77030-4009;or to the char­ity of one’s choice..

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