The family of former Lake Highlands High School choir director Michael O’Hern has published the beloved instructor’s obituary, including funeral and memorial service times.
Michael Evans O’Hern of Garland,Texas, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at home. He was born on September 6, 1958 in Odessa, Texas to John Larkin O’Hern and Mary Jane McAnally O’Hern. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1977 and West Texas State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While in college, he performed for several seasons in the outdoor musical TEXAS.
Michael was employed by the Richardson Independent School District for 30 years as a Choir Director, most recently at Lake Highlands High School where he served for 15 years. He was named one of Texas’ Top Ten Teachers in 2001. He was President of the Texas Choral Directors Association from 2003 to 2005 and was awarded TCDA’s Choral Excellence Award in 2011. During his career, his choirs performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and at numerous Texas Music Educators Association conferences.
Michael will be remembered by his brother, John L. O’Hern of Houston, his nieces, Emily E. O’Hern of Houston and Erin E. O’Hern of Sugar Land and his many friends and colleagues. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, James B. O’Hern. He will be sorely missed.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at Restland Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 11 at Sunset Memorial Park in Odessa, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Michael’s favorite charity, The John Stallings Memorial Scholarship Fund at Lake Highlands High School, 9449 Church Road, Dallas, TX 75238.