Recently heard about Mike's passing and would like to extend sympathy to his family and friends.
I went to school with Mike and remember visiting with him at a recent high school reunion. It was easy to recognize his success in business and life. Looking at the pictures, it was nice to see first hand that he was indeed a great family man and accomplished professional and will be missed by all who knew him.
My deepest sympathy and condolences are with you and your family. I met Mike about 3 years ago through my employment at Diamond. I honestly believe Mike never met a stranger. His outgoing personality and zest for life and living was infectious and uplifting to everyone he encountered. The first year I participated in the Diamond Sporting Clays Shoot, Mike graciously allowed me to be on his team. I was a new shooter and the only girl on the team. To this day, I think of him when I am shooting sporting clays. I remember his enthusiasm and passion for the sport. His shooting stance and attitude made the onlooker think real birds were going to fly when he called “pull” for the clay targets. The clay shoot had a station called long bird for which raffle tickets were awarded for hitting the target. He told me after I shot my 20 gauge shotgun that he wasn't going to tell me before I shot, but I didn't stand a chance in heck of hitting any of the targets with that gun, but congratulated and complimented me for my efforts. As the Diamond group gathered back at the pavilion for refreshments and awards, Mike walked up and handed me one of his raffle tickets. I was reluctant to take his ticket, but he insisted, but left it with one condition….he would take it back if the prize was an all expense paid trip as he would have a hard time explaining it to Mary! At the Annual Fish Fry this year, I heard several stories of Diamond employees reminiscing about good times with Mike. We all miss him greatly. He was a wonderful man. God Bless.
To Mikes Family, Im sorry for your so unexpected lose. Mike was a great guy, So full of life, enery and most of all love for his family. I cant imagine your lose. I cut Mikes hair for about 5 years and am disterbed as to how i feel yalls lose. He will be truely missed So sorry Mary, Kate and Kelsey
Dear Mary, Kate and Kelsey,
My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. It is hard for me to believe that Mike has been gone almost a month. I very much miss him; especially in our boss's Monday afternoon staff meetings. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the three of you.
In the twelve years that I worked with Mike, I came to have great affection for him. He was quite a guy. One of my favorite “Trahan” remembrances happened one workday afternoon. I was visiting with Mike in his corner office on the seventh floor; I think the topic started out on the status of Docuware software implementation but evolved into sharing tidbits about our personal lives and families as it usually did. (Mike was so proud of each of you.) Just as the conversation was winding down and I was preparing to leave his office, the emergency lights in the hallway started blinking and smoke was billowing out of the room where the company's computer equipment was housed. I felt completely panicked and started race walking toward the stairway exist. I looked back over my shoulder and saw that Mike had turned and was heading TOWARD the source of the smoke. The incident did turn out to be minor but Mike didn't know that when he was headed toward the smoke. I later told him that I thought he was taking an unnecessary risk and that he should have evacuated to safety. He completely dismissed my point of view. He said those were “his guys” in harms way (all of the people reporting to him were “his guys”) and his equipment and he was responsible for the well being of all. He would not have ever shirked that responsibility. That was just the way he was. There just will never be another like Mike Trahan.
My daughter Savannah had the privledge of being driven to school by Mr. Mike everyday this past school year. I will
never forget Mike's kindness
and patience for driving Kate, Savannah and Renee to CRHS. Every morning I would give Mike a "hello wave" and we would share a smile and a nod as he ran in to Kolache Factory to buy Kate her morning Kolaches. My daughter used to say, "Mr. Mike is so nice to get Kate her kolaches every morning!!" Savannah often mentioned how friendly and funny Mr. Mike was on those drives. I remember the last morning that I saw Mike, I waved my usual wave as Mike passed by my car to go inside Kolache Factory and as I drove home I texted my daughter (at the stop light)...... "We need to do something nice for Mr. Mike to thank him for all these rides!!" I hope Mike knew how much we appreciated him & not just for the rides but for sharing his beautiful wife and daughters with us!! We love you Mary, Kate and Kelsey and we will always be by your side, to love & support you all!
Prayers and Blessings to you all,
The Botkin Family
Mary, Katelyn and Kelsey,
I am so sorry for your loss of Mike. He and I shared a lot of memorable times together that I will never forget. We were friends since the first or second grade at Bridgedale Elementary School. We also attended T.H. Harris Middle School and East Jefferson High School together. We had many classes together and played in the band together at all three schools. Mike was also a good student and athlete but most of all a good person and great friend. We went on many trips together throughout our life. Some of the most memorable trips were to Dallas, Washington D.C., the Smokey Mountains, Disney World and other trips to Florida. We also went fishing, hunting, camping and played softball together. He made positive and lasting impression in my life as well as many others. He was like a brother to me, I loved him and I will miss him a lot, but I will never forget the times we shared together.
Mike was a wonderful son-in-law. As everyone knows he was really a force of nature with a great deal of energy, a very outgoing personality, and a tremendous sense of humor. He was also passionate about many things. This included Mary, Kate and Kelsey, his Mom, Dad and Family, and also LSU football, the New Orleans Saints, Southeast Conference football, the City of New Orleans. We had many good times together, and he will be missed.
My heart is so sad for my daughter, Mary and granddaughters Katelyn and Kelsey.
Mike loved you all so very much. He always wanted to make all of you happy. Mary met Mike when she was working in the same building as Mike. She had gone to the cafeteria to get some ketchup for her hamburger. Mike overheard her and said he had some packets in his desk. Mary went and got the ketchup, thanked Mike and went back to her office. Could Ketchup lead to marriage? I think God had a little something to do with this wonderful young man meeting and marrying Mary.
One of my first memories of Mike is when he and Mary were dating and Papa and I were babysitting Katelyn. That night Katelyn got really sick and had thrown up all over herself and her bed. Mary and Mike walked into this mess and before we could say much Mike had taken Kate in his arms to comfort her. He didn't seem to even notice or care that she had throw up all over herself and now on him. He was some guy. Kate, recently he told me how much he loved driving you to school. He said he so enjoyed this special time with you. Your daddy will always be there for you, Katelyn.
I remember how happy he was with the birth of Kelsey. Mike, Mary and Kate had waited a long time for this little bundle of joy. Kelsey, you are such a happy little girl, so full of gusto, so like your dad. I was remembering about the wonderful tea parties daddy and you had. I can picture you with your pink teacup and your daddy holding his blue teacup with his pinky turned up just right sipping your pretend tea and having a very lovely conversation about pretend cookies and the like. Your daddy will always be ready for tea and conversation.
Today is Easter and we all missed Mike. He was a great man.
Mike was the party. He loved people. He had a way of making you feel very special----He was LOVE---
I once introduced Mike as belonging to my daughter, Mary. He laughed his big laugh as he did and of course told everyone.
I do believe that he belongs to Mary, and Mary, Katelyn and Kelsey belong to him.
I know that Mike is watching over his three girls.
Mike was a true friend and will be greatly missed. I remember many campouts with Mike as both of our daughters were in Indian Princess together. As my daughter put it, he was always the fun dad who gave her and the other girl's nicknames and happily teased and played with them. I remember someone who was fun to be with and talk to. As the years passed the girls got older and the campouts stopped but God blessed me and my wife Carrie with another child (Collin) and Mary and Mike were blessed with Kelsey so the location changed of our talks from campouts to the park and the kids playing in the street. The bond grew even stronger as we went on several vacations to Destin, Galveston, and Schlitterbahn with both of our families.
My life will be forever blessed by knowing and having the opportunity to have had Mike as a part of it.
Bless you with strength during this time-Mary, Kate and Kelsey.
The Vos's will miss you.
Mike was a great friend and brother. He and I were fraternity brothers in Theta Xi. Our chapter at UNO was Beta Xi. Mike was BX 236 and was one of the members who initiated me, I am BX 244.
While there are many memorable stories over the years, the one that stands out the most is one from when I was pledge. The pledge class along with many active members and some alumni went camping on Harry Bedgood's property near Baton Rouge. It was the trip there that comes to mind. After gathering our requisite supplies and heading out, we stopped to eat at Popeye's somewhere near Baton Rouge.
As we sat down to eat, we realized we were the absolute minority not only in this restaurant, but this town overall. The locals took great notice of us and as we ate, and we began discussing exit strategies if needed. Mike resolved the situation with one act that got the attention of everyone. He began eating chicken bones with open enjoyment. The locals took great notice, straightened their backs, and did their best not to look at us anymore. We left shortly after that and laughed all the way to the car.
Mike will be greatly missed. Although we only saw each once or twice a year, since I moved to the Houston area, there was a comforting feeling knowing he was in town.
Michael L. Adams
I had the honor of being Mike's teammate on the Warrior football team in high school. Mike was funny, full of life, a true team player, leader and a class act.
Brother Trahan, you keep Brother Tannehill company till the rest of us get there. Maybe we'll be able to win a few more games.
Loosing someone dear is one of the hardest situation in life.
We do not understand why things happens this way. But I am sure of some things:
It was a great honor having the opportunity to meet you.
It was a great pleasure having you around.
The great person that you were and always will be remains in our memory.
He who has found a friend has found a treasure.
With reaspect and affection, we will miss you.
Mike was passionate about life and he loved, respected and took care of my sister Mary and their children, Kate and Kelsey. Mike was a great uncle to my kids and never passed up an opportunity to interact with them in only a fashion that Mike could pull off. Mike offered football advice to my oldest son that, although against the rules, encouraged my son to take advantage of an opportunity. Mike took advantage of life's opportunities. He took advantage of an opportunity for a wife and family. He grabbed opportunities to copmpete in triathalons and road bike races. He took advantage of opportunities to hunt and spend time with friends. Most importantly he took the opportunity to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior and that is where our Hope is to one day all be re-united in eternity. Thank you Mike for blessing our family.
Dan, Missy, Dane, Daelynn, Gage and Andie Grace Geddes
Mary, Katelyn and Kelsey,
Mike will truly be missed here at Diamond. Mike was always willing to discuss anything and everyhting. He left behind a quiet sadness, a longing for one more day, one more conversation, another laugh, I can't begin to understand why he left so soon but little by little I remember that he did not die, but that he lived. And that his life gave me fond memories.
The leaders of the Katori Nation held a moment of silence for Mike last night at our Monthly Longhouse meeting and we will be reaching out to see if we, through Mike's tribe, could continue to take Kelsey with us on the campouts and activities that Mike truly enjoyed.
I'm adding this for my husband, Jeff. He's pretty quiet and told me he said this to Mary at the funeral, but I'm sure she heard so many neat things that day. He wanted Mike's family to know how grateful he is that Mike helped to take care of his family at a time when he couldn't. He probably never knew that but I'd like Mary to read it again as well as his girls someday. You are missed, Mike.
My Precious Mary, Katelyn & Kelsey. I've been thinking about Mike so much and became quite aware that he had a wonderful spiritual gift of hospitality. He made everyone feel welcome and comfortable. I feel so blessed that he was here on the earth at the same time I was and I am only comforted by the fact that we will spend eternity together in Paradise because of our Blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Love forever and ever, Dodo
We considered ourselves extremely fortunate to have met Mike and been a part of his extended family.
Kenneth and Linda Woods
I am very sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know Mike on a personal basis, I did have some business interaction with him at Diamond Offshore. He was respected and appreciated by all who knew him. I will keep your family in my prayers.
God Bless the Trahan Family.
Mike was like nobody I have ever met before. I had the pleasure of working closely with him along with others in a project group at work. He took a great deal of pride in all of us and always wanted to give sincere advice to help us in our young careers. He was a dear friend of mine and I will miss him very much. I will never forget Mike Trahan.
Mike had all the best qualities I have come to expect of a native of The Crescent City - energetic, highly expressive, humorous and a real consensus builder. He will be truly missed by his family at Diamond. Mary, our prayers are with you and the girls.
Hey mrs Trahan I dont know you but Michael was a loving caring person that loved everyone. And I know that he is watching over you right now. Love the Gardner's.
I got to know Mike through my visits with Katelyn. Mike was a great man. He was ALWAYS very kind, very respectful, very considerate and made me feel comfortable. He was pleasant to be around. He liked to play games and kid around, and he had a great laugh and made me laugh:)
I'm thankful for Mike and I will miss him.
Sadly I had the pleasure of knowing Mike for only two years, my current time with Diamond. I clearly remember meeting him one of my first days on the job in Houston, and to be honest he scared me just a bit :) He was just one of those larger than life guys, and a bit intimidating at first, but in short time that bit of fear was replaced by friendship and a lot of respect for the guy. He was extremely supportive at a difficult time, and was always available and willing to do whatever he could to help you succeed. Great guy, will be sorely missed by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to his family.
Mike and I enjoyed conversation and laughter often...He ask me about my grandkids every time he saw me...Mike, please know you and your beautiful ladies are in my prayers...My plan is to see you again up there soon...
Mike, You will be missed by so many, but your memory will forever be with us. Your contagious laughter is my fondest memory of you. You gave Mary the world and she and the girls think the world of you. You will always be a part of all our lives.
I DID NOT KNOW MIKE AS WELL AS OTHERS, BUT MY BEST MEMORIES ARE WHEN HE WOULD USE THE DIAMOND ACCT. CONFERENCE ROOM FOR HIS MONDAY MEETINGS. HE ALWAYS HAD THE BEST "STORIES" WITH THAT GREAT LAUGH AND BOOMING VOICE SO YOU NEVER HAD TROUBLE FINDING HIM.
Dee Workman (Missouri City, TX)
Dear Mary, Kate and Kelsey
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I met Mike in 2004 when I came to work for Diamond. When it came to business, Mike was "slightly" opinionated and could be quite a formidable opponent when it came to company policy and running his department. However, Mike had a KIND and BIG heart. I will fondly remember his unique story-telling ability, infectious laugh and his booming voice that made sure you knew when he was on your floor of the building.
Where to begin? Mike and I knew each other for over 20 years so I knew him very well. Even though he reported directly to me for the last 14 years, I considered our work relationship to be that of co-workers rather than boss-employee. But more importantly we considered each other friends, and he was one of the best friends I had. I will never forget that loud voice and even louder laugh â€“ both of which got us both into trouble on numerous occasions when he was in my office (which was literally every workday). I tend to talk loudly also, and together we could create quite an amount of noise which easily carried three doors down to the president of our company's office.
I have stories too numerous to count, as Mike and I hunted together for years. I taught him to clean and dress a deer as he became a deer hunter later in his life. The first lesson only cost him three stiches in his finger when he cut himself with his hunting knife â€“ but Mike wrapped his finger in a rag and finished the job before getting any medical attention. His deer rifle that he used all his life, a Weatherby 270, was bought from me in 1994 or so.
Last year, my daughter Jenny, who is an architect, came and worked at Diamond Offshore for a few months. She had moved from a job in Colorado where the environment was full of young, sociable people who liked their happy hoursâ€¦ to take up residence briefly in our engineering dept - talk about a Culture shock. Here she was a fish out of water surrounded by older men, who while very nice and respectful, generally kept to themselves. When she came to discuss it we me, I noticed a tear began to roll down her cheek. I was reminded of the Tom Hanks movie with the women baseball players and the famous line: â€œCrying? There's no crying in baseballâ€
So I told her: "Crying, there's no crying in Offshore Drillingâ€
Well, I was wrong. There is crying in Offshore Drilling and I have seen it in the last few days. Not just from the women in our company, but from a number of the men also.
I believe the fact that Mike had that type of impact on so many of us is the biggest tribute that we can pay to him. Mike was not just a co-worker, but a true friend that could always be relied upon. He will be missed by all of us, especially by me.
My prayers go out to you Mary, and to Kate and Kelsey. I certainly will never forget Michael A. Trahan.
Dear Trahan Family,
My most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May God comfort you and give you peace and serenity. I knew Mike through Diamond but also because I know of your nephew Gage. We talked often about him. It was through Gage that I learned more about Mike, as over time he opened up. His face always lit up when he mentioned you and the girls. I am glad to have gotten to know him more.
Mike and I grew up in the same general area and attended the same High School East Jefferson in Metairie. Mike was a year ahead of me so I only knew him in passing until coming to Diamond last year. He is without a doubt one of the most charismatic men I have had the pleasure of knowing. He could engage you in a conversation (usually about LSU or the Saints) and an hour would easily fly by. He had that unique ability to look at a problem from all angles and come up with the correct solution. I only wish I could have gotten to know him better. He will be deeply missed.
My fondesdt memories our of Mike laughing and of Mike making us laugh. Mike had a story for ANY topic and inevitably, that story ended in all of us laughing - Mike the longest and loudest. I will miss my friend dearly.
Mike, you forever changed Mary's life for the better. You gave her such love, as you did everyone you knew. You will be terribly missed and were taken too soon from this life. Rest easy knowing everyones lives you touched will comfort Mary, Kate & Kelsey in their times of need. Allison
Mike was such a fun spirited person. I will forever be grateful for the kindness, love and generosity he showed my children and I. I am already missing his wild laugh and silly one liners. Your time here was too short. Will miss you always.
Kate had her birthday party at Peckham park one year, she was turning 3 or maybe 4. Mike gave her a Barbie motorcycle she had been wanting and he might as well have given her the moon by the way she lit up. He was an amazing father, he made raising little girls look effortless. I always admired that about him.
Dear Trahan Family,
I offer you my most heartfelt condolences for your loss of Mike. I never had the pleasure of meeting you but I am very happy you shared him with me. I joined the deer lease two years ago and spent a little time with him there. I ran into him at church from time to time. I wish he could still be around so I could get to know him better, but I feel very fortunate to have known him as I did. I enjoyed being with Mike and believe our lives are better because our paths crossed. May your memories of and experiences with Mike provide you life long support and comfort.
Mary, Kate and Kelsey,
You three were truly the core of Mike's happy and fulfilling life. I know that because he told me and I saw it in him every time I had the pleasure to be with you and him. He loved you with all his heart and soul.
We read through all the notes about Mike. It was amazing to read about how he touched so many lives in such a powerful and positive way. He could not have done that without your love and support and a wonderful and kind spirit.
Mike was a valued colleague, trusted confidant and most of all a cherished friend and I will miss him so much. We have great memories that will keep his spirit alive in our heart for all the years to come.
Thank you for sharing him with us and the rest of the world.
May God be with your family in their time of need. You will be greatly missed.
Mary, Kelsey and Katelyn,
I met Michael back in 1998 and was immediately taken in with his personality. He was always willing to share IT ideas and always found time to help me, even while I was at another company.
I was lucky enough to later go to work for Michael at Diamond. He was an awesome boss. His management style, smile, laugh, practical jokes and stories always made me look forward to work each day. The rabbit hunt story with CapRock was one of my favorites.
Michael was one of a kind. He left us all at Diamond with fond and happy memories of a great man. I will never forget him. He will be greatly missed.
Thanks for sharing your husband and father with us. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dear Mary and your sweet family, I am so sorry to hear the news of Michael. You and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. May God surround you with loving memories of your time together.
Trahan family, My sincerest condolences to the entire family. My family lived a few houses down from Mike and his family. The memories of sitting at the table in the house and running around the neighborhood. Mike was always funny and full of life. Then in middle school and high school sitting at the football games with Mr. Gabe and Mrs Joyce. My the family find peace and comfort in GOD's love.
Jonta Charrier, Jerlene Charrier and Johnny Charrier, Jr.
I consider myself fortunate to have built both a professional and personal relationship with Mike over the last several years. Whether on a call, in a meeting, in a boat, or on a bicycle, you always knew when Mike was there. A storyteller at heart, he was not only heard; but his presence was "felt" by everyone around. Mike was quick to share his experiences with others, offer his perspective or advice, lend a helping hand, find or make something to laugh about, and talk about the importance of helping others and his family. My thoughts and prayers are with your family now and during the days that lie ahead and from all of us who are left behind, we will miss youâ€¦
My heart is breaking for you Mary and your children. I know for me personally, he was a blessing and I will be forever grateful. I have Secondary Progressive M.S. and can't ride near as much as I use to. I know the love of being on that bike and riding. He will be missed and thought of often by all of us and our organization, Becausewecanms.org. My prayers and condolences. Vicki Williams
Dear Mary, I'm very sad to hear about Mike. What a loss for you, the girls, family and friends who loved him, but also what a blessing he was!!!
Much love to you all!!! Aunt Laura (Austin, TX)
Mary, Kate and Kelsey- Words cannot express how sorry I am. Mike was a really GOOD SPORT! He seemed like someone who didn't just think about what was right but did it. He was a blessing to all and it was clear that you and the girls were the joy of his life. Sounds like from these notes, he had a great life and was loved by all. You and the girls are in my prayers!
I only got to work for Mike for about 4 years, but he always treated me like a daughter. This mostly drove me crazy. BUT, he looked after me like a daughter too. I can't thank him for that now, but I can thank you, Mary, for sharing him with us. You and your daughters will be in all of our prayers, and just as Mike treated everyone at DODI like family, so will we always include you among our own.
Mary, I had the privilege of working with Mike in our relationship with Harris CapRock and getting to appreciate his unique personality and humorous perspective on life and business. He was passionate about everything, as I'm sure you know better than any of us. So many in our industry have reached out to inquire about Mike and this tragic loss. As you go through this difficult time, please know there are so many praying for you and the girls. Just like Mike would done for any of us, please let us help you with anything you or the girls need! Keith Johnson
Mary, Katelyn & Kelsey,
Your Mike was a wonderful Guy. His laugh was full of Joy and his smile was bright. Prayers for comfort during this very difficult time.
Mike was a great family man, a loving husband, and a wonderful father. He may no longer be with us but I'm sure he is watching over us. Our deepest condolences to the Trahan family.
From the moment I met Mike and started working for him in 1996, I knew he was going to have a lasting impact on my life. He was a true gem & had a way of making everyone feel like we were the most important person in the room. His laugh was infectious, and I'll always be grateful for our wonderful friendship. My prayers are with the family, especially Mary, Kate, and Kelsey.
I worked at Diamond for years and remember Mike's battle with cancer. My heart and prayers are with you..
Paula Williamson Pinell
Dear Trahan Family,
Deepest condolence and prayers from all the Because We Can members go to all of you for your loss of Mike. As active cyclists in Houston living with Multiple Sclerosis, we are indebted to Mike for his fundraising and work on our behalf. The money he and others have raised to help fund the necessary research will find a cure for MS. Thank you Mike, you will be missed.
Because We Can
So sorry for your loss. We played ball together in high school. He was a dear and wonderful man.
Dear Trahan family,
My heart is truly saddened to have just learned of your loss. I look back on many wonderful memories when I working for Mike many years ago. He was the type of man that brought out the best in you. Although his physical presence is no longer with us; the light of his life will remain. You will be in my prayers.
Trahan Family - I am so sorry for your loss. There is a verse I hope brings you comfort...Matthew 5:4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” May God be with you.
To the whole Trahan family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I did not know Michael, but I was there in Chappell Hill on Saturday when he collapsed. As a Texan living with MS, I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me personally that he rode in the MS150 and raised funds to help all of us living with MS. Please know that he will be in my heart and you will all be in my thoughts and prayers as I ride this year.
My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time!
Mary, Kelsey and Kate,
We are so sorry for your loss. Even though we are still getting to know you all as neighbors, we enjoyed talking with Mike. I knew he was a fellow triathlete and a Lymphoma survivor, which is why I've decided to dedicate my race this weekend (the Galveston half-ironman)to him. I'm doing the race with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.I have also made a donation in his memory.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Beth,George and Jacob Brown
To Mr. Gabe, Ann Marie, Gabe (Jr.), Missy and Family,
My heart truly breaks for all of you. Your family has suffered so many losses and endured so much pain. It is obvious Mike has touched so many lives and will be missed by so many of us. Although we are mourning Mike's passing, others are rejoicing to meet him in heaven. May God bless and comfort you, while continuing to fill your hearts with peace each day. My love and prayers go out to each and every one of you.
To Mary, Kate and Kelsey,
My name is Brenda. Mike and I are the same age and our families have always lived next door to each other. My memories of growing up will forever include Mike. He was always happy, creative and fun to be around. I cannot comprehend how difficult this must be for all of you. May God hold you all in the palm of His hand as you deal with this enormous grief. My family and I are so sorry for your loss and we will keep you all in our prayers.
We will miss Mike at our YMCA Adventure Guides events. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary, the children, family and friends. He will be sorely missed.
Our hearts and prayers are with your family during this hard time. We will be forever grateful of our limited time with Mike.
To our friend Mike,
Diamond lost one of its great asset.
We lost a good friend.
There is no word to comfort his family for their lost.
Ricardo Dantas - Brasdril - Brasil
Rest in Peace Michael
My prayers are with you and your family
Your suffering is over as you begin an eternal life
Mike will be missed by many. My sincere condolences to the Trahan family.
As I read through each and every post preceding this one, it's no surprise to me that everyone sees Mike the same way - "lights up a room", "one-of-a-kind", "Great stories",...It's all true.
I had the unique opportunity to train with Mike for his first triathlon. The only thing that got me out of my bed by 6:00am for our training runs was knowing that Mike would be waiting for me outside my front door. We had some great talks back then about life, work, family, politics, you name it.
I also got to know Mike through Indian Princesses and our many weekend campouts together. For the record, Mike was my daughter's favorite dad. How could the Pied Piper not be one of the favorites of all the girls? Mike was just a big kid but all grown up.
Lately, I hadn't seen much of Mike except for the occasional parent meeting at school. But the memories and friendship I will never forget.
Rest in peace my friend.
Mike was a passionate man about everything, work, family, sports, etc. His face really lit up whenever he talked about his girls. There was never a quiet moment when Mike was in the room. He always had something to say! And that smile, who could forget that big smile he had. He was a great leader and motivator. It has been an honor to work for Mike and I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers will be with Mary, Katelyn and Kelsey.
Mary: I only Knew Mike from a perfessional relationship but could tell he was a good man and I respected him very much. My Family's prayers are with you.
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Mike was a dear friend of mine for over 15 years. I loved him like a brother and I will miss hearing him say "Bud, bud, bud...what you need to do...!" Memories you made with Mike really meant something to him and he always had a funny story to tell about the good old times. Trust me, if you knew Mike, you would hear everything you had done together for years. He was always happy to see and talk with friends and I am proud to have called him my best friend. These are just a few things I loved about him. I will miss you, Mike, until we are all together again with our Father and his son, Jesus Christ.
Mary, I know Mike loved you and the girls very much, telling everyone how y'all all had him "wrapped around your fingers".
My prayers go out to you, the girls and his family. May God's grace and mercy carry all of you through this overwhelming loss. Mike touched many lives and he will be missed.
I am so sorry to here about the loss of you son Michael. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely Renee Wenzel. Harahan,LA
Mike was a very outgoing and gregarious man. My wife, Judy, works at Diamond Offshore, and I got to know Mike when I purchased his Sequoia. He was a great guy, and our prayers are with his family.
Mike was a wonderful person to know. Land Operations and IT shared the "third floor corner" at Diamond for a while and it was so nice to have someone like Mike around - always happy, always smiling and always willing to help. I can't imagine the sadness your family feels right now - my heart goes out to you. May God's love comfort you in the days ahead.
Mike was a wonderful man and his loud infectious laugh will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike was a wonderful person and will surely be missed. Our love to you and the girls.
Love Jonathan Dacy and family
You were the perfect addition to the already crazy Geddes family. You were the best uncle to all of our kids and opened your heart to anyone who needed a friend. I'm so glad my boys (all 3 of them) got to experience life at the deer lease with you. We miss you terribly.
To Mary, Kate and Kelsey, May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Robert and I always enjoyed hanging out with you guys and will have great memories of Mike. He always had a big smile and great conversations. We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls.
We are deeply saddened by your loss. Mike was a great motivator, very much admired and respected. May you find all the strength and courage in the days ahead. I extend my deepest sympathies to the Trahan family.
I am truly honoured to have known you and we have all lost a great friend and colleague. You were one of a kind and someone I greatly admired. Our deepest sympathies are with the Trahan family.
To the Trahan Family - Sending you heartfelt condolences for your tragic loss. Mike was one of the first folks I met at Diamond M Odeco back in 1993 and I enjoyed each and every conversation we ever had. Long after our days as coworkers ended we continued to share our love for the MS150. I hope that time will somehow help to heal and push out the grief and replace it with vivid images and thoughts of love, laughs and great days. Very sincerely yours.
Mike is a truely treasured soul. Too many are taken from too soon. All my prayers for your family.
My sincere condolonces to Mike's family and friends at this sad time, I got to know Mike during my visits to the Houston office, where he helped me sort through various IT issues, he always answered my queries with a smile and willing attitude.
My thoughts are with his family.
Mike and I got to know each other through the YMCA's Indian Princesses program with another good friend of mine. He truly never met a stranger and we spent many nights gathered around campfires eating sausage he brought back from his deer lease and talking about all kinds of subjects from politics to sports to construction. He had a tremendous wit and sense of humor. When Hurricane Katrina damaged his parents home in New Orleans, they came to live with him and he opened his house again to his mother a year later when she was fighting cancer at M.D. Anderson. That's the kind of person he was. He was a good man and will be sorely missed in our community. God bless you, Mike. We'll watch the girls for ya'.
Mike was an inspirational boss, a generous man, a gentleman, he always gave willingly. His larger than life laugh would lift you and leave a lasting smile. You will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know you.
On behalf of Hanneke and myself, our thoughts are with your family at this time.
Mike lit up and animated every room he entered and every person he met. We were fortunate to have him as our "boss" his light will be missed.
You were my mentor, one of my best friends, and my shoulder for almost twenty years. I'll miss you every day for the rest of my life... Sleep well my friend. I'll meet you on the other side - Greg.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts. May God hold you and the family in His arms and heal the sorrow that you feel.
I never had the honor of meeting Mike. I was there on Saturday in Chappell Hill, but just heard about your loss. I will keep the Trahan family in my prayers. (Veteran BP MS150 participant)
You will be truely miss by many of us. My prayers and though be with you and your family.
Andy Nguyen, Diamond Offshore.
Great person, great leader.. always with a beautiful smile on his face! We'll miss you.To the family: I wish the Lord console each heart. Numbers 6:26 on holy word says: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
Dear Trahan family, In 1993 we lived next door to Mr. Gabe and Ms. Joyce. We remember Mike and sincerely pray that the wonderful memories you share will fill the hole in your hearts left behind.
Our prays are with the whole Trahan family.
Dear Trahan family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Mike was a co-worker of mine for a long time. He had a big personality and a passion for life. He will be missed. God bless you.
Mike Trahan was a well-respected boss and an exceptional person. He frequently went out of his way to help and made a significant difference in many lives. He will be enormously missed. Today is a truly a sad day. Beverly (Houston, TX)
Mike was a problem solver and very insightful on many issues along with being very personable with people on all levels. His eyes lit up when he spoke of the family and his girls. I enjoyed having the chance to work and get to know him a bit during the years at Diamond. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family.
Mary: My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls through this heartbreaking time. Mike was a great boss and I want you to know that you and your family are thought of and I will hold you in my heart. Be encouraged and know that God holds him in his arms and peace is his covering. God bless you.
Mary, we wanted to let you know that you have our greatest sympathy and our hearts are truly saddened. Mike was more than just a wonderful boss, he was a great friend. We know that his passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of all those who knew him.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I knew Mike for about 15 years at DODI. We rode in MS-150 together a couple of years ago. He was always positive and encouraged my son during that ride.
May God give you the strength to bear this loss, And grant his loving comfort to your family and to you.
-Tushar Desai, Tech Services, DODI
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Michael will be missed.
Dear Mary, You have my deepest condolences, and I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and the girls, and your entire family. Linda Mayfield & family- Austin, Texas
Mike was a great person to work with, always very nice and friendly. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with the Trahan family.
Mike was a force both at work and personally. He was one who truly cared about everyone else. It goes without saying that he will be missed. His energy and unwavering dediction were a motivation to many. I will never forget his smile and laugh even when things were not going the way he wanted. And, there weren't many times when things didnt end up going his way. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary and his family. He was top notch!
Mike was a great guy. We are so sorry for your loss.
Sorry for the sad news. Our prayers will be with your family.
Shawn Ghosh, Tech Services, DODI
I knew your husband from a long time ago at the office in Houston. I knew him to be a fine man. I am certain that he was the same as a husband and father. I know that there are no words that can bring any real comfort at a time like this. Please know that my family will be praying for your family. In the midst of so much pain and loss, in the course of time, may the Lord Jesus bring you comfort and Peace.
J.R. & Jeanne Dyer
Mike was bigger than life and a brother and mentor to me through our common battles with cancer. Somehow we both learned what to say to each other just enough to win those battles. We met two weeks after he came to ODECO and shared many discussions on so many topics and issues I can't begin to recount the list. He was not a man without opinions! He was fearless and passionate about living to the fullest. Carol and I watched him light up when you came into his life and the thrill of finally having his own family. He was a great friend and we will miss him.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and the girls!
Carol and A.J. Guiteau
A "class-full" and "star" man you were. Thanks for letting me be there for you. We will help and cherish your most loved ones forever.
Mary, you and your girls are in my thoughts and prayers. Mike was a great man, always very positive, incredibly intelligent and the most caring person I have ever known. The world has lost an incredible man that was bigger than life itself. Brian Maness (Diamond Offshore)
Early in my life I recall being advised that throughout a lifetime one may find only a handful of true friends. Mike certainly has been one of those true friends. He will be missed by many but never forgotten. May we all appreciate Mike's joy of life and his many accomplishments while resolving to be there for his family when they need us. Ronald Relf, Diamond Offshore
I had the pleasure of knowing Mike for about 4 years. He was a super boss and a good friend. Truly one of a kind and I have been blessed to know him. Me and my family's prayers are with the Trahan family and all that knew Mike.
Words can not express how truly sorry I am for your loss, Mike was a awesome guy, you and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers.
The Brothers of Theta Xi Fraternity at the University of New Orleans express their deepest condolences on the untimely death of Brother Michael A. Trahan, Beta Xi 236.
May the perpetual light shine upon him. Our fraternity is diminished by his passing.
James R. Bentley, Secretary
Beta Xi Alumni Association Theta Xi Fraternity
I am so sorry for you and the girls. Please accept my condolences and know that you are in my prayers.
Michael Anthony Trahan you will truly be missed. Your time here was way too short. You were a rare and true gem. Stretch those wings out wide and enjoy everlasting life in heaven with our savior, "Lord Jesus Christ".
Our family is deeply saddened for you and the girls. Our prayers are with you.
Lee Ann & Noble and the Dacy family
You were always a very sweet soul. We will miss you plenty and love you always!
Mary: My heart breaks for you, Kate and Kelsey. I will continue to pray for you and your family at this....the most difficult time for you all.