Dr. Michael Haiduk

January 31, 1954 - December 12, 2019

Dr. Michael Wayne Haiduk, 65, of Beaumont, died on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at Christus Hospital – St. Elizabeth, Beaumont. He was born to Joyce Lee Duffy and Adrian Florian Haiduk, on January 31, 1954, in Amarillo. Dr. Haiduk had been a professor of Biology at Lamar University since 1983.

Survivors include his sons, Nathan Haiduk, of Silsbee and Travis Haiduk, of Beaumont; mother, Joyce Haiduk, of Amarillo; sisters, Carla Knupp, of Montgomery, Vicki Haiduk, of Richardson, and Robin Haiduk, of Amarillo; niece, Rachel Interiano, of Tomball; and great-nieces and nephews, Caleb, Hannah, Arabella, and Joshua Cook-Norris, and Eden Interiano.

A gathering of Dr. Haiduk’s family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., with his memorial service to follow at 2:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A private committal was held under the direction of Broussard’s Crematorium, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Adaptive Sports for Kids, 2300 Avenue H, Nederland, Texas 77627, or to Special Angels Rodeo, 702 W Division Street, Orange, Texas 77630.

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Jeremy Huff

RIP professor. You touched many including myself in an unmeasurable way. I owe you much & my prayers are with you and your family.

Jami Brown

Wonderful professor. His classes always provided inspiration and knowledge of things beyond the classroom. He will be greatly missed.

Edythe Kirk

Dr. Haiduk taught and inspired me when I studied Biology. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with you.

Harry Haiduk⁰

Our prayers are with you

Woody Cox

Memories so fresh in my mind but none more so than West Texas at Spring Break. Thank you, Michael.

Dr. Art Cleveland

The teaching community and mammalogists have lost a valued friend and colleague.

connie& oscar munguia

mike will be deeply missed ,i enjoyed visiting with him he had some good story's to tell our prayers our with the family

connie& oscar munguia

mike will be deeply missed i will missed his stories 'our prayers our with Joyce and the family

Kala Sigler

I'll never forget the sweet relief it was to have my cousin help me when I went off to college at Texas Tech. Mike was doing his PhD work in the Biology Dept, and got me a position in the lab through work study. He was always an encouragement, and a bright spot in the lab. Everyone adored Mike! My prayers are with you.

Jolecia Hardin

Dr. Haiduk introduced me to so many aspects of biology- and always reminded me how learning is a life long journey. Wonderful professor and person. His presence will truly be missed! Condolences to family and friends.

Kris Viers

Much love, deep sympathy and many prayers going out to Mike’s family.

Robert D. Bradley

The Natural Science Research Laboratory at Texas Tech University send their thoughts to Mike's family and friends. Mike was a friend and inspiration to many. Mike was an outstanding educator and even better person, he is missed.

ADRIANA Lentschke

Our preyers are with you and your family.

Robin Latimer

Mike Haiduk had such an influence on the up and coming biologists in his program. Many of them were my students in English classes. I hope the Biology Department will be able to honor him in some very special way in the coming months.

Peter Adams

I met Dr Haiduk in Genetics ?. It was my toughest Biology course. After complaining, he said “Welcome to college.” IAlso, i took Mammalogy from him and had many wonderful trips collecting bats ? in caves and to Mammalogy conventions in Junction,Texas. Our best trip was spent collecting lizards to help Texas Tech build a generic library and speciating lizards using chromosomal banding. It was one of the best summers of my life and influenced me for the rest of my life.. I still find myself quoting him and telling his stories. Farewell friend, thanks for teaching me to be tough, fun and never quit seeking knowledge. In the famous quote from those who knew him well “Sh_tH_llBullsh__!” -Michale Haiduk

Peter Adams

I met Dr Haiduk in Genetics. It was my toughest Biology course. After complaining, he said “Welcome to college.” I also, I took Mammalogy from him and had many wonderful trips collecting bats in caves and to Mammalogy conventions in Junction,Texas. Our best trip was spent collecting lizards to help Texas Tech build a generic library and speciating lizards using chromosomal banding. It was one of the best summers of my life and influenced me for the rest of my life.. I still find myself quoting him and telling his stories. Farewell friend, thanks for teaching me to be tough, fun and never quit seeking knowledge.

Dr. Gomez

So sad to hear about the loss of such an intelligent and awesome guy. Very thankful I was able to learn from him. Tons of awesome times together. God speed my friend!

Mel Duffel

Our sincere condolences to the family. Mike was a truly humble and kind person. May he Rest In Peace.

Tom Bianchi

Mike was my best friend as a colleague in the Biology Dept. I always enjoyed talking with him about politics, music, cigars, science and life in general. We had a very special friendship that I will treasure forever, he was a special person,, and we need more like him today. RIP in peace my brother.

Holly Wilgers

I just learned of Dr. Haiduk's passing, but to all of his family and friends I want you to know the impact he had on his students in this area. He will be missed! Dr. Haiduk was one of my hardest college professors. I had him for both Honors Biology and Genetics at Lamar. He inspired me to work harder because he was always fair and kind. I loved how he would take the time to help his students . What a neat guy! I pray that you have God's peace during this hard time.