Michael Ray McGown

June 30, 1946 - August 18, 2021

Michael Ray McGown, of League City, Texas, peacefully passed away on August 18, 2021.

A sixth generation Texan, Mike was born on June 30, 1946, in Beaumont, Texas to Anne and Paul McGown.  After Mike graduated from Beaumont High School, he attended Louisiana State University and University of Houston Law School. After graduation from law school, he joined the United States Army, serving in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.  Following his military service, Mike practiced law in Beaumont and Houston for 47 years, until his death.

When Mike was three years old, he met Lynn Jordan at Sunday School at First Methodist Church in Beaumont. After marrying at age 20, they went on to have two children, Mallory McGown and Michael McGown; four grandchildren, Olivia McGown, Jay Paul Rauscher, Jordan Rauscher and Gabriel McGown; and great grandchildren, Harmony and Junior.  His is also survived by brother, Patrick McGown and his wife D’Anne and sister Mary Beth Messina and her husband Joseph Messina, and their families.

Mike loved to tell stories about his undefeated Austin Junior High football team, his baseball, basketball, and soccer coaching successes and installing the first at home batting cage in the City of Beaumont.

Memorial contributions for Mr. McGown may be made to Bay Harbour United Methodist Church, 3459 FM Road 518 East, League City, Texas 77573.

A graveside service for Mr. McGown will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, August 20, 2021, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4955 Pine Street, Beaumont, under the direction of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Serving as pallbearers will be Joseph Messina, Pat McGown, Patrick McGown, Brent Messina, Greg Messina, and Mark Messina.

Please observe social distancing guidelines.

Graveside Service

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
  • 4955, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
  • August 20, 2021
  • 2:00 pm

Comments (28)

    Jessie L Bowie says:

    I worked with Mike for 16 years during my career at Employers Insurance. Such a fine lawyer and even better person. Always professional, protected his clients, and exhibited a lot of patience (necessary when dealing with claims folks). My sympathies to the family. May you find comfort in Romans 14:8.

    Mitchell Toups says:

    Lynn–I heard the news while in Chicago last Thursday–I am so sorry to hear of this news–I have read all of the entriess here and everyone had the same experience with Mike–a truly wonderful and nice man that was always friendly and welcoming to all. Boy– do I have the stories from our 16 years as partners–the one I remember the most was that he and I discussed that we should all retire by 55–I find it most interesting that he was actually preparing for trial at the age of 75 –I guess that did not happen as we discussed–what a brilliant trial lawyer–always so disarming and always to the point–there was never a boring or long winded speech in argument or on direct or cross examination–he went straight to the point –made it –and got out quickly–that is one of the best things I have learned a lawyer can do and he did it better than most. The laughs we had were some of the best times I ever experienced–I will also never forget the Pitching machine that is mentioned in the Obit–one of the young lawyers in the firm said he could hit a 100 mph fast ball–so Mike invited him over to see the pitching machine–Mike set the machine up and the associate went to swing and the ball hit him right in the side at 105 mph–no hit for him and no more pitching machine talk anymore from that associate–my guess is Mike will be in heaven coaching someone somewhere looking for the next undefeated season–I can say this–Mike was undefeated in Life and as a Lawyer–as many have said here–he truly was one of the few good guys in this profession and as a human being. Michael–I miss seeing you too and I can almost remember every hit and score you made in baseball as a youth –your dad was so proud of everything you did and he kept us all informed y–hope you are well –my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Peace to all of you and in Gods speed, Mitchell Toups

    Becky & Rodney Ames says:

    So sorry to learn about Mike’s passing. Always enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Mike when he was our neighbor.

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Mike was a truly good guy that will be missed.

    Phyllis Ginger Sims says:

    Dearest Lynn & family, I am so sad to hear of Mike’s passing. He was so good to our Leslie when she worked for him. Such a fine man, husband ,& dad.
    Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Leslie Ginger Perez says:

    Sweet Lynn and Olivia and family,
    My heart is so heavy hearing the news of Mike’s passing. Your family always held such a special place in my heart and were instrumental in my life for years. Even though our paths have not crossed in so many years, my heart is with you all in your grief and so grateful for the memories that I shared with you all. Mike gave me my first job that carried me all the way through High School. He was a phenomenal boss and leader as he taught me so much not only about the legal field, but about how to be a professional, kind leader, and faithful follower of Christ. He always spoke with such grace and love yet strong and confident. Lynn, you and Mike allowed me to take care of Olivia for so many years and I remember them fondly. So grateful for all of the ways that you both impacted my life. Mike will be truly missed. You all will be in my prayers and heart.
    with love and a heavy heart,
    Leslie Ginger Perez

    Bill and Judy Quick says:

    Lynn – We are so sorry to learn of the passing of Mike. We love you both and will pray for peace for you and the entire family. We are fortunate to have had Mike in our lives.

    Joe Bob Kinsel says:

    You will be missed Mike.

    What a pleasure it was for the Kinsel family to watch Michael and Craig become such wonderful friends as their families enjoyed every minute. You and Lynn were the best role models our kids could have ever hoped for.

    Joe Bob

    Susan Chapman Bergstrom says:

    Dear Lynn & Family,
    You and Mike were such a cute & happy couple! I know how much you will miss him. What a great guy. Love to you & your family.
    Susan Chapman Bergstrom

    Mike Nugent says:

    Lynn and Family,
    I just saw the notice of Mike passing. Everything people are writing about Mike is true. He will be missed.

    Tracey Burk says:

    As a freelance court reporter I came across Mr. McGown quite often. He was always such a kind gentleman.

    Tanner Garth says:

    As an attorney and mediator I had the privilege to work with Mike. It was always a pleasure. Mike was a gentleman and a true professional. I will miss him and the profession lost one of the good guys. My heart goes out to the family.

    Laurie and Curtis leister says:

    So sorry to hear about Mike. Such a wonderful man. Lynn, thinking of you and hoping you find peace knowing how many lives Mike touched in such a positive way.

    Lyn & Sherrie Stevens says:

    Dear Lynn & family,
    We were saddened to learn that Mike has gone to be with his Father. He was one of the good guys, a very good lawyer, but most of all a friend with a big smile and bigger heart.

    God bless you all

    Linda Cummings says:

    Lynn, so very sorry to see about Mike! Prayers for you and your family!

    susan simmons says:

    My heart is saddened to lose such a special guy. Friends with the McGown family, through out my life , and has been a wonderful blessing . I send prayers to every member of the family for peace and sweet memories of a really really nice guy. Rest in peace my friend. Susan Simmons

    Liz Sandell says:

    Dear Lynn and Family,
    So sad to read about Mike and a lot of soccer memories are floating through my mind. He was a good man with a wonderful
    legacy for he left his family. Peace to you and your family.

    James Richardson says:

    I remember Mike and his wife well in high school and highly respected him. He always was a kind and helpful guy. He will be missed but not forgotten. Our prayer are for him and Lynn May God you all.

    Dianne Duperier says:

    Sending prayers for all the family. What a great guy and such fond memories at Austin and Beaumont High.

    Cynthia Brooke Hawkins-Bowland says:

    My deep condolences to Lynn and family.

    Carol Pringle says:

    I truly can’t find the proper words to express how much Mike meant to me. I gladly spent 24 years of my life working for this exceptional man and will always feel blessed to have done so. On our last day working together I told him he ruined any chance of me ever finding a more pleasant , easy-going, patient and smart attorney to work with.

    Thank you Mike. Sweet rest.

    Dave & Joanne Frueh says:

    Dear Lynn–how sorry we are for your loss. Please know that we have your in our hearts and thoughts! Love you!

    Barbara Moor says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. We have so many wonderful memories of Coach Mike.

    Jim and Mary Jane Mouton says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of such a nice friend. Our thoughts and prayers for Lynn and the entire family

    Jim and Mar Jane

    Barbara Cassady says:

    My deepest sympathies to Lyn and family. We all loved Mike and will keep you in our prayers.

    Mary Lee Patterson says:

    You and your family are in our thoughts. What a great loss to you and your loved ones.
    Mary Lee

    Roberta Wicklund Lewis says:

    I am deeply saddened to about your loss of Mike. I hope you receive support from all who are dear to you. Hang on to the memories! My love, Roberta Wicklund Lewis


    Very sadden to hear of Mike’s passing. We grew up together as next door neighbors along with Pat , Mary Beth, and my brother Curtis. We had lots of fun growing up together in Beaumont. Great friend. Mike will be missed. God Bless

    Joe Ehrhart says:

    You will be truly missed. God Bless your whole Family.

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