Kenneth Michael “Mike” Scrabeck, beloved husband, father, and “Pops,” passed away on April 25, 2020, at the age of 65 years. Born in Dallas, Texas on November 8, 1954 to Kenneth and Dorothy Scrabeck, Mike was raised in Oak Cliff by his mother and his grandmother, Lorena Miller. Mike attended Sunset High School where he was a popular tennis star. He lived all of his life in the Dallas area and maintained many lifelong friends.
Mike was dedicated to serving his Heavenly Father. Even as a young boy, Mike was known in the neighborhood for walking every Sunday by himself to Our Savior Lutheran Church dressed in his suit. As an adult, Mike continued his church service by volunteering as an usher and in many other ways.
In addition to his faith, Mike’s life centered on his family. Mike is survived by his wife of twenty years, Myra Scrabeck; his children, Brett Scrabeck and his wife, Rosalinda, Susie Scrabeck and her husband Cesar, and Lisa Scrabeck and her husband, Tomas; and his stepchildren, Tim McGinnis and his wife, Jo Anna, Katie Anand and her husband, Netesh, and James McGinnis and his wife, Carly. Mike’s 13 grandchildren were his world, and he could calm any crying baby.
Mike worked 26 years in the technology industry, including 10 years at EDS. He later transitioned to a career as a tax professional, developing his own successful business, Mike’s Tax Service. Mike was a tax whiz, but his success was built on his genuine concern for his clients, often getting to know them on a personal level. He also volunteered his tax skills for the elderly in his “spare” time through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
In his personal time, Mike was an avid sports enthusiast. He had a mind for obscure stats, and his favorite teams were the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Rams, the Frisco RoughRiders, and the Texas Longhorns. However, he most loved cheering for his grandkids at their events, sports, musicals, and otherwise. Mike was a competitive tennis player his entire life (with a perfect winning record against his family) and played in several community leagues.
Mike also made friends wherever he went. Everyone knew him in his neighborhood where he served on the HOA board and walked his dogs, Bee and Andy, daily. Mike loved his little dogs, who were adopted from Operation Kindness.
Some of the words that best describe Mike’s character are loyalty, patience, kindness, and dedication. No matter how busy he was, he always made time to support his family, friends, and community.
Mike will be laid to rest beside his mother and grandparents at Crown Hill Memorial Park in Dallas, Texas. Due to social distancing rules, a closed, private graveside service will be held for immediate family on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. CDT. However, if you would like to attend this service remotely, you may view a live stream with the following link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/20492000
We will hold a memorial service/life celebration for all of Mike’s friends and family at a later date when social distancing restrictions are lifted. We will provide details when a date is confirmed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to Mike’s favorite charity, Operation Kindness by clicking on this memorial tribute link: https://secure2.convio.net/ok/site/Donation2?1761.donation=form1&df_id=1761&mfc_pref=T. (You may use OPTributeToMike@gmail.com as the recipient email address when completing the form.)
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