Michael A. Day

Michael A. Day

     FORT WORTH -- Mike Day, 55, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2008, after a four-month battle with cancer.
       Service: A Requiem Mass and interment in the columbarium at St. Alban's Episcopal Church will be held at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13.

       Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of your choice in his memory.
       Always ready with a helping hand, he will be remembered for his thirst for life, generous heart and willingness to mentor those around him. He grew up in Dallas, graduated from Kimball High School and attended the University of Dallas. An accomplished drummer and in-line skater, Mike had a passion for sports, especially golf. He was the founding member of several Dallas bands, most notably Liberation, a seven-piece rock band, featuring then-newcomer Stevie Ray Vaughan. He also performed in touring bands Angel, Wish, and Mantis, performing leading-edge progressive music in the '70s. Mike also was facilities manager for SBI, and an engineering supervisor at Baylor Medical Center in Irving. He was the owner of Speedy Fix, a general contracting company in Arlington for the past eight years.

       Mike was preceded in death by his father, Roy L. Day Jr.
       Survivors: His mother, Connie Day of Arlington; sister, Diane Willeford and partner, Robert Brown; brother, Shannon L. Day and wife, Lucinda Waugh Day, also of Arlington; daughter, Melissa Day Heaslet; son, Grayson C. Taylor of Topeka, Kan.; grandchildren, Tristan J. Day and Sarah Heaslet; nieces and nephews, M. Sean Willeford and wife, Karri H. Willeford, Lindsey L. Day and Erin C. Day of Arlington; and great-nephews, Christian, Tyler and Wayne Willeford of Arlington.

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Our classmate and our drummer for both Soul Expression and Liberation bands, Mike Day, passed away yesterday after about a year-long battle with lung cancer. See e-mail below from his younger brother, Shannon.
I was just in touch with Mike last week and he was planning a trip to Wyoming to see his Mom and sister Diann, Mike knew he did not have long to live but I am shocked that he went over the weekend.
I am not sure what type of services for Mike that Shannon is planning, I have not heard anything other than the e-mail Shannon sent out yesterday.
Thanks .... Scott Phares
Hello my old friends,
I wanted to share with you that Mike lost his battle with cancer today.  He passed away this morning while I held him in the emergency room.  I beleive he went peacefully, and I feel better knowing that his suffering is no more.  While it was very tough to watch him waste away over the last year, I know Mike had a full and rich life, and you gentlemen were responsible for some of his most joyful and proud moments in his past.  He spoke highly of all you at various times.  Thank you for everything you've done over the years.
I wish healthiness and happiness to each of you and your families. 
Thanks to you all, and God bless.


Hello dear friends,
Firstly, I want to thank you for all your kind words of sympathy, love, and support, and your offers to help in any way.  That means so much, at a time of great loss.   I'm extremely proud, as I know Mike was as well, to be so fortunate as to have enjoyed your friendship through the years. If I've left anyone off the list, it was not intentional...please forgive me, and forward this to any of Mike's friends who you know would like to attend.
That being said, we hope you'll join us (on some very short notice, my apologies) in a celebration of Mike's life. 
No formal dress or stuffy setting, but a place where Mike spent a good deal of time roller-blading and mentoring others in the sport.  Just plan on a relaxed atmosphere, mild weather (should be sunny in the 60's, with only a 5 mph breeze).
This Saturday Feb 9 from 1pm - 4pm at River Legacy Park, at the Legacy Pavillion,
701 NW Green Oaks Blvd. in Arlington, TX.
There will be some signs directing you in the park.  It will be the largest pavillion area.
Some small hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided, but please feel free to bring any food/bev item you'd like (excluding alcohol).  We'll enjoy each others' company, and remember some Mike stories from the past.  Some old pictures of Mike and his friends will be displayed, along with some music that Mike would enjoy.  We certainly hope you can join us.
Thank you,
Shannon & Cindy Day
The picture posted here reminds me of the Mike I remember back at Kimball.  He hadn't really changed a bit, just a little older looking.  He was always such a nice guy. 

Rest in peace Mike with no more pain, rest in peace.



I spent many hours (day, months, years) looking at him from this perspective, and is how I will always remember him...

Picture on left is with the band "Wish" (previously known as "Mantis").

Picture on the right is with the band "Soul Expression".


Michael Stewart