Titmas, Michael J.

April 22, 1948 - January 9, 2014


Born April 22, 1948, went to be with our Lord & Savior on January 9, 2014. He was born in Aurora, Illinois & raised in Dallas, TX. Mike was a graduate of Highland Park High School in 1966, where he was awarded All American in swimming. He went on to swim at the Naval Academy & then SMU, where he earned the nickname “MADDOG” & a Conference Championship. After SMU, he started his own swim school, but spent the majority of his career in commercial real estate. Loving life & being around friends, Mike participated in Calyx, Terps, & Dervish Social Clubs. He devoted his time to the Park Cities YMCA Partners Campaign & received the Charles E. Seay Outstanding Leadership Award. His kindness & generosity to individuals & organizations will be remembered always. Mike is preceded in death by parents, John & Mary Anne & sister, Johnna & is survived by daughters, Kathryn & Torie.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church on January 15, 2014 at 10:00am with a reception to follow at SMU’s Perkins Natatorium. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, Association for Independent Living, 2826 Storey Ln., Dallas, Texas 75220.


Arrangements are under the direction of:

ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238


20 replies on “Titmas, Michael J.”

Sally Montgomery says:

One could not ask for a kinder and more loyal Christian friend. We will all miss him. Gone too soon.

Richard Neely says:

Mike was working at Hank Dickerson during my first summer job. He was upbeat and positive. We enjoyed our HP/SMU connections and traded stories whenever we could. I am glad to have known Mike.

Joe Willoughby says:

I will miss seeing you at our Tom Thumb !! Who will I wax eloquent with??!? Comfort and peace to your girls Mike.

Bob & Diane Kowynia says:

Mike joined our Hospitality Ministry group at St. Rita the Fourth Quarter of 2010. He was a good man who had a kind word for everyone. When he wasn’t serving, he would volunteer to help – even if he wasn’t well. His unselfish spirit was an example for all of us. He will be missed.

Dee Shaver McQuirk says:

Mike, You are gone; but never forgotten. Joe and I cherished your friendship…I never knew you as “Maddog”, certainly wish I had…I got a “Chuckle” out of that; as I read your Obit…You were the Greatest friend to us…and you will be sorely missed. Rest in the “Loving Arms or Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” I know you will have so many Great Conversations with Him. What an exceptionally Good Man you were…I know Kathryn and Torie are so very proud of their Dad.

Ned and Janice Spiritas says:

We have Mike to thank for teaching both of our children in his first year of swim classes water safety and later swimming . As tough an instructor as he was on both my scared, screaming and crying 2 year old and a 3 year old, he always ended the class giving them his huge smile, a big hug and a box of raisins. Rest in peace, Mike. You will remain treasured in our hearts.

Nan Harrington says:

To say that I am proudly sad is an understatement. Mike was such an amazing person…my first serious boyfriend at a Highland Park HS; my good friend at low points throughout my life; three if my kids’ swimming coach; I will miss him terribly and feel so very fortunate that I knew him. Thoughts and prayers with his family. Rest in peace, Mike…liove, Nan

John Weekley says:

I knew Mike through his sister, Johnna, who was a good family friend from Highland Park schools. A few years ago, my wife and I renewed Mike’s acquaintance when we were raising money for the Park Cities YMCA several years on the same team.

Mike was an upbeat, positive, and very engaging person, and I know he will be sorely missed by friends and family.

R.I.P., Mike.

pete wright says:

Over the last few years Mike had become a close friend to myself and my son Spencer… I often saw him at the V.A. and he was in our home frequently… Speaking for myself, Spencer and Ginger we will forever miss his smiling face and good will… God’s speed Mile.

steve hargrove says:

Mike, I want to thank you for your friendship and assistance over the years. I never had an issue that you were not there for myself nor my family. I only wish that I had spent more time with you in recent years. Rest peacefully, my friend.

Bob Morris says:

Mike has been a friend since high school, and I will miss not having either a lunch or phone calls that always were optimistic and encouraging. Truly a good friend.

Stephen Sims says:

Our kids loved Mike as he taught them how to swim, good friend who will be missed by all who ever came in contact with him. the world was a better place when he was around. Miss you buddy…

John and Peggy Holt says:

Dear Kaky and Torie,
We loved your father very much and will miss him terribly. He was such
a dear friend and loved you girls
John and Peggy

Kurt, Michele, Katelyn, Abbey & Gabriel Titmas says:

We were very sadden to hear of Mike’s passing. Thank you for being such a great friend over the past 20 years. Mike and I talked several times a month over the phone and I will miss our conversavtions very much. Rest in Peace my friend, we all love you very much and you will be missed and will always be very dear to ours hearts.

The Titmas family from Hudson, Ohio

James Albert Titmas says:

My cousin, my business associate, my friend. Rest in Peace.

Susan Breeding says:

Mike and Webb. Both too young to go, God must have needed Mike’s expertise in wheeling and dealing and Webb’s resonant voice and magic fingers. My heart goes out to Kathryn and Torie. Your Dad was truly one of a kind and we loved him.

Tom Sacco & Family says:

Our hearts are saddened by the loss of such a great man, father, friend and contributor to the swimming community in North Texas. A true family friend and supporter until the very end. Mike’s daughters need to know how much Mike was respected and admired by the Sacco family. Now all of us that knew Mike and his love for swimming will have a guardian angel swimmer watching over us. Our sympathy and condolences to Katherine and Tori.

Briana Sacco says:

Mike was such a bright force in the swimming community, a man for whom I had such admiration and respect. I send my love and condolences to Kaky and Tori during this difficult time.

Tom Waggoner says:

The family of Mike has my sincerest and deepest sympathy for his passing. Mike and I attended Highland Park High School together, and he was a very special friend. The Titmas family and Mike are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeff Barnes says:

Kathryn & Torie, Your dad was always a very special friend to me in my early business days. Always smiling and encouraging. I am also proud to have worked with him on the YMCA campaign. He was our leader! God Bless you both, you should be very proud of him!

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