James Anderson

James Michael
Anderson
died at home in Bellaire, Texas, on August 31, 2013, after a valiant struggle against cancer.
Mike was born on October 27, 1955, in Pasadena, Texas to J.B. and Carol Anderson. While growing up in Pasadena, Mike was a conscientious student and an athlete, playing football and basketball, and running track. He established life-long friendships in the neighborhoods of Linda Lane and Parkside as well as at Sam Rayburn High School and later at Pearland High School. At this time in his life, Mike developed an avid interest in hunting and fishing, especially in the Texas Hill Country. He graduated from Pearland High School, Texas Lutheran College and South Texas College of Law.
Mike was an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County for seventeen years. He had a long tenure as the Chief Prosecutor in the Special Crimes Division before becoming the State District Judge of the 262nd District Court. During his third term, Mike's fellow judges elected him Administrative Judge for all the Criminal Courts. In that capacity he oversaw the creation of Veteran's Court, a third Mental Health Court, and the Public Defender's Office.
In the DA's office Mike met the woman he loved and married, Devon Ward Anderson. They have a beloved son, Sam, who is twelve, and an amazing daughter, Brynn, who is ten.
Always active in the community, Mike was a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the 100 Club, and the Board of Directors of the American Leadership Forum as well as an Elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bellaire Little League, and Scouting.
In 2012 Mike was elected Harris County District Attorney and had time before his illness to reorganize the office and appoint an excellent staff. While undergoing treatment, Mike was at the office as often as possible to see that his initiatives were working.
Mike is survived by his wife Devon, his children Sam and Brynn, his parents J.B. and Carol Anderson, sister and brother-in-law Jan and Brent Bailey, niece Ellen Bailey, nephew Michael Bailey and cousin Charlyn Porter Williams. Mike also counted many close friends as family.
Mike's family would like to extend special thanks to Chris Hagerman of M.D. Anderson for the guidance and comfort he provided to Mike and Devon through the most difficult of times.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2013, at 2:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77004.
In lieu of flowers, Mike's family asks that memorials be given to Big Brothers Big Sisters, www.bbbs.org or to the Harris County Drug Court Foundation, www.hcdcf.org.


Published in Houston Chronicle from Sept. 3 to Sept. 6, 2013