Houstonians gather to remember Harris County DA Mike Anderson
Friends, family and colleagues gathered Friday afternoon to remember the life of Harris County District Attorney Mike Anderson.
More than 1,200 people packed the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, remembering Anderson for his friendliness, compassion and humor.
Life-long friend and retired Pasadena Police Chief Mike Massey kept the congregation laughing with stories about growing up with Anderson.
But his kindness towards others is what Massey will remember most about Anderson, a fighter who taught him how to live, he said.
“Who can you really say made an impact on your life?” Massey asked “Mike Anderson did.”
Colleague and friend Paul Schiffer recalled how smart and well-read Anderson was and called him down-to-earth. Schiffer said Anderson enjoyed a good prank and was a great guy to be around, whether in the office or out hunting.
Despite their differences, Schiffer said he and Anderson were close friends. Anderson looked for what you had in common, and it was never about the differences, Schiffer said.
“He thought he was ordinary,” Schiffer said. “We … realized he was extraordinary.”
Friend and First Assistant Belinda Hill remembered learning to moonwalk with Anderson, as well as his compassion with victims and dedication to his work.
Hill said she felt like his little sister and trusted his judgment and wisdom.
“He made work fun; he made it enjoyable,” Hill said.
Despite his titles, Hill said Anderson was “passionately proud” of his kids, his wife and his family.
“Mike’s legacy is not about a building or a courtroom or a monument or a banner or a bunting,” Hill said. “Mike’s legacy is about a great mind, a great heart that made life better for each and every person he touched.
“The sadness is lessened slightly by the comfortable thought that we knew a truly remarkable man.”
Born Oct. 27, 1955, Anderson grew up in Pasadena, Texas. He attended Sam Rayburn and Pearland high schools and graduated from Texas Lutheran College and South Texas College of Law.
Anderson was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and was active in several organizations, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bellaire Little League and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
Anderson, who was elected DA this past November, announced he had cancer in May. He died Saturday, Sept. 1, and is survived by his wife, Devon Ward Anderson, and children, Sam and Brynn.