Michael Allen Stanford, a life-long resident of Waco, TX, passed away unexpectedly on June 26, 2021, at the age of 44. A memorial service is scheduled for July 10, 2021, at 11am at the First Methodist Church of Waco at 4901 Cobbs Dr. Following the service, friends and family are invited to lunch at Dawn Mullins’ home. The family kindly requests casual attire and no flowers. Michael was born in Temple on February 22, 1977, to Sheryl and Mark Stanford. He graduated from Waco High in 1996 and from TSTC in 2001 with a degree in AC/R Technology. On May 7, 1998, he welcomes his first true love, Mikayla into this world. On September 5, 2009, he married Crystal Harrell Windom. On April 10, 2007, and February 6, 2014, respectively, he welcomed his two beautiful children Alyssa and Gage who become an important part of his life. Later in life, he welcomes his only grandson Nathan, followed by his granddaughter Madisyn, with both of whom he made a point to celebrate all milestones.
Michael Stanford was a proud dad and friends to his children with whom he shared his love for music. He always loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. Michael often went out of his way to help family and friends however he could, and he was very much a momma’s boy. He was raised Christian where he attended Calvary Assembly of God Waco. He was a God-fearing man who despite his life struggles never lost his faith. He will be deeply missed by his friends, many of whom were life-long; his family, including several nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as his beloved pet Goldie.
Michael is preceded in death by his grandfather, Henry Stanford of Missouri; his grandmother, Marie Cottoner of Missouri; and his grandmother, LaVerne Fague of Waco.
Michael is survived by his wife, Crystal Stanford; his children, Mikayla Stanford, Alyssa Stanford, and Gage Stanford; his stepsons, Cody Ranallo and Drennon Windom; his mother, Sheryl Stanford of Waco; his father, Mark Stanford Sr. and wife Janet of Missouri; his siblings, Dawn Mullins and mark Stanford Jr; his grandfather William (Bill) Fague; and his two grandchildren Nathan Stanford and Madisyn Ivy.
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