Michael Alan Yeary, 63, of Colorado died on Aug. 31, 2020.

Graveside services were held Sept. 7 at Naruna Cemetery.

Michael was born on Oct. 29, 1956 in Lampasas. His childhood out in the country developed a passion for the great outdoors that would follow him the rest of his life.

He graduated from Lampasas High School, and he went on to get a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M, majoring in wildlife ecology. During this time he found his way back out to the land he was raised on in Naruna.

Michael began his career with wildlife services as the Dallas Urban Wildlife Control Specialist in May 1979. In the summer of 1980, he transferred to a Rural Wildlife Specialist position in Amarillo. After spending approximately five years in that position, he became the bird biologist in Oklahoma City.

Kansas was the next stop for Michael in 1986, serving in a wildlife biologist position until June 1991. He then moved to Colorado and served as assistant district supervisor until 1995. He began his tenure as the Lakewood District supervisor in 1995.

Before Michael died, he was working as the assistant Western Region director for USDA AHPIS Wildlife Services. In this position he oversaw the wildlife services programs for Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. He was stationed at the Western Regional Office in Fort Collins, Colorado.

His passion for wildlife not only built his career but formed long-lasting bonds as a volunteer in many organizations. He served as chairman of the Colorado Bowhunters Association for over nine years. Michael also volunteered countless hours with “The Hunt of a Lifetime,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling hunting and fishing wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Michael found a way to use his knowledge and experience in hunting to fulfill the dreams of countless struggling children.

Some of Michael's passions in life were his children, hunting and his faith. He enjoyed sharing these passions with the next generation.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Lorena Yeary. He is survived by his father, Willerson Yeary; his children, Seth and Autumn; grandchild, Violet; as well as his sister Mary Anne and husband, Stephen Cast, their children and spouses Brooke, Brett, Samantha, Todd and Caroline, along with their children Logan, Emersyn and Weston.