Michael Penn

Michael Johnston Penn

Michael Johnston Penn passed away on Monday, November 5, 2012 at his home in Shreveport, LA, following a valiant battle with cancer. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 7, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1815 Marshall Street, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, and the funeral services will be held Thursday, November 8, at Broadmoor Baptist Church at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Centuries Memorial Park. Officiating will be Dr. Tom Harrison.

Mike was born June 17, 1957, in Monroe, LA. He is a graduate of River Oaks School of Monroe and a cum laude graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe where he received a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction. After graduation, Mike worked in Dallas before moving to Shreveport to work for Whitaker Construction Company. While at Whitaker, he worked as project manager on the following notable projects: One Bellemead Center, Willis-Knighton Medical Office Building, Schumpert Medical Office Building - 1801 Fairfield, Centenary College's Jackson Hall Renovation, Louisiana Tower and American Tower. From 1989 to 1992, Mike served as project manager of the largest commercial project in the city of Shreveport, the renovation of Christus Schumpert Medical Center. Because of his reputation for integrity and high quality standards, the American Association of Subcontractors of Northwest Louisiana honored him as Project Manager of the Year for three years during the Schumpert project.

In 1992, Mike founded Penn Homes, focusing on homebuilding, remodeling and residential development. He was selected as Small Business Person of the Year by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce in 1996. Through his work in the construction industry, Mike became involved in the Home Builders Association of Northwest Louisiana serving as President in 2006 and continued to serve on the Board of Directors until his death. He was honored as Builder of the Year in 2006 and Member of the Year in 2011. Mike was currently serving as 2nd Vice President of the Louisiana Home Builders Association and was slated to serve as President in 2014. The LHBA honored Mike as Builder of the Year in 2011. His guidance, dedication and willingness to share his knowledge with others served to elevate the profession to a high level and allowed everyone he came in contact with to benefit. A strong advocate for education, Mike received many professional designations including Graduate Master Builder, Certified Green Professional, Certified Graduate Builder and served as an instructor for the NAHB. He encouraged construction education and served as Education Chairman for the NWLHBA and the LHBA. Nationally, Mike served as a National Director for the National Association of Home Builders and was involved in a Builder 20 Group, the Survivors. Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Mike to the Residential Building Committee of the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.

Mike was a member of Broadmoor Baptist Church, East Ridge Country Club, Shreveport Club, Ark-La-Tex Ambassadors, Holiday in Dixie Cotillion Club, The Plantation Club and The Demoiselle Club. Voluntarism was important to Mike as he served on the Building Committee for Summer Grove Baptist Church and worked with numerous civic organizations on their construction projects, including the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier. Mike was the recipient of the League's President's Award in 1998 for leading their work with Shreveport Community Renewal. Mike was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and was an elected member of the Court of Honor, Horace B. White Province in 2009.

What Mike loved most was traveling with his family. Mike used his construction expertise to build sandcastles worthy of acclaim on the emerald shores of Destin, FL. He guided them through coral reefs, sunken ships and underwater caves in the Caribbean on scuba diving excursions. Mike and his family attended countless SEC football games-whether the gameday sticker read "Geaux Tigers" or "Hotty Toddy." He also walked the sparkling streets of New York City with them on Christmas night. In the past year, Mike and Jodi have traveled to Alaska and the Holy Land, both vacations of a lifetime. His favorite memory from his Holy Land tour was sitting before the Beautiful Gate, the site where a lame beggar was healed in the Book of Acts, chapter 3.

His parents, Charles Hardin Penn, Jr. and Mavis Johnston Penn, preceded Mike in death. He is survived by his wife, Jodi Collette Penn; his son Justin Michael Penn and his wife, Heather, both of Shreveport, LA; his daughters, Taylor Anne McCutcheon of Memphis, TN and Sarah Bracy Penn of Shreveport, LA; his brother, Charles Hardin Penn, III and wife, Jessica Constantin Penn, of Shreveport, LA; his aunt, Medra Johnston Carbone of Monroe, LA; his nephews Matthew Joseph Penn of Bunkie, LA; Jeffrey Michael Penn and wife, Chanda, of Lafayette, LA; and Jonathan Patrick Penn of Baton Rouge, LA.

Honoring Mike as pallbearers will be Sam Crawford, Richard Goorley, Chris Miciotto, Rusty Palmer, Harrison Smith, Ronnie Smith, Bo Smithwick and Cecil Snider. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike's nephews, Matthew Penn, Jeffrey Penn, Jonathan Penn and Sgt. Christopher Ryan Collette (USMC).

The Penn family expresses deep gratitude to the nurses and staff of the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, as well as Dr. and Mrs. David Dies, Mrs. Gloria Douglas, Mr. Edward Griffith, Dr. Chad Hargon, Dr. Chris Miciotto and Dr. Craig Miller.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to Feist-Weiller Cancer Center, 1501 Kings Highway, Shreveport, LA 71103, or Shriners Hospitals for Children-Shreveport, 3100 Samford Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71103.


Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2012