Michael E. Welborn

The Honorable Michael E. Welborn, 69, of Aransas Pass, passed away peacefully on Sept. 11, 2017, following a brief illness.

Mike was born March 7, 1948, in Aransas Pass, to parents Geneva and Thomas Olin Welborn Jr. A lifelong resident of Aransas Pass, Mike treasured his hometown and thrived on all aspects that living on the water offered.

Mike married the love of his life, Laura, in 1973. Together they have one beloved daughter, the Honorable Elizabeth Welborn.

Mike was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. As an aerographer’s mate, he was proud to have completed Operation Deep Freeze Winter Over in Antarctica. Mike was commissioned by the Governor of the State of Texas as an admiral in the Texas Navy.

Mike was a graduate of Aransas Pass High School, Texas A&I University, and received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law.

He served honorably as the 36th Judicial District Judge, the 36th Judicial District Attorney, and Judge of the San Patricio County Court-at-Law.

Mike was a dedicated husband, a doting father, a proud brother, a loyal friend, a mentor, a community leader, and a lifelong sailor.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, a Rotarian, a founder of the Spirit of Aransas Pass, and a former trustee of the Aransas Pass Independent School District.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Olin and Geneva Welborn.

Survivors include his wife Laura Welborn, and his daughter Elizabeth Welborn, both of Aransas Pass; his brother, Rev. Ronal Welborn and wife, Darline, of Seguin; and several treasured cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Visitation was held Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church in Aransas Pass. A funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at FUMC in Aransas Pass with Bishop Janice Huie and Rev. Teresa Welborn officiating. Burial followed in Prairie View Cemetery, Aransas Pass. Guestbook available at www.resthavenfunerals.com

Arrangements and care entrusted to Resthaven Funeral Home, Aransas Pass.

Mike was concerned with the community of Aransas Pass and its recovery from Hurricane Harvey. If inclined, non-perishable foods will be collected at the church to benefit the relief efforts. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Canvas for Cancer (5131 County Road 2047, Odem, TX, 78370).

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