POTTSBORO - Michael Joe DeFratus Sr. was born February 6, 1955, in Sherman, Texas, to Sonny and Rosie DeFratus. At the age of 58, on Friday, October 4, 2013, he passed from this life surrounded by his family and friends.
Mike married Betty Nichols on February 2, 1978. He is survived by his wife, Betty DeFratus; son, Joe DeFratus of Princeton; daughter, Jessica Hackworth and husband Chris of Sherman, and granddaughter, Caty Hackworth. He is also survived by his brother, Darrell DeFratus of Durango, Colo.; and sister, Patricia Horn and husband Andy of Achille, Okla., many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and special friends, Bob and Patsy Sholl of Denison.
Mike was preceeded in death by his parents.
Mike was baptized at the age of 10 and faithfully served as a deacon of the Pottsboro Church of Christ for many years. Mike was loved for his benevolene, giving heart and willingness to help others. He was a devoted husband, father and grandpa, who set a Christian example for all who knew him.
Mike proudly served for 30 years as a member of the Arlington Fire Department and retired in 2008. He was an apparatus operator who loved driving the "big red trucks". Mike was a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management team and ended his career training rookie firefighters.
Services for Mike will be held 10 a.m. on Monday at the Pottsboro Church of Christ with Bob Sholl and Greg Knight. Family will receive visitors from 6 -8 p.m. on Sunday at Johnson Moore Funeral Home in Pottsboro.
Memorials may be made to the Pottsboro Church of Christ Building Fund at P.O. Box 1676, Pottsboro, TX.