Michael David Gollob, 80, one of Tyler/East Texas' prominent CPAs, passed into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at Hospice of East Texas with his family at his bedside.
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Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at The Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception.
Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Born in San Pedro, Calif., in 1933 to Mary Lois and Joseph Sigmund Gollob, Michael attended St. Gregory Elementary School in Tyler. After graduating from Tyler High School he attended North Texas State University, where he graduated with a BBA Degree in 1954. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1954 to 1956, with posts in Germany.
Upon returning to Tyler he earned his Certified Public Accounting Certificate in 1959, and began working at a Tyler accounting firm. In 1982 he founded Gollob, Morgan Peddy & Company and served as president.
During this time he also fell in love with LaVerne Whisenant Lee and they married in 1977, after his bachelorhood of 44 years. The marriage fulfilled Michael's lifelong dream of a family with the addition of daughters, Lana Kay, Teresa Diane, and son, Jeffrey Marion.
Michael enjoyed much success as the founder of the Gollob, Morgan Peddy CPA firm. Michael, known by his associates as "The Rainmaker," held to his Boy Scout values being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent as he drew clients from all walks of life to the firm. He continued those client relationships even after his retirement in 2005, maintaining his office and association with Gollob, Morgan Peddy CPA. He was also actively involved with investments in oil and gas companies and real estate, but his biggest joy of all was traveling and spending time with family at his farm.
Always a faithful Catholic and lifelong member of The Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception Church in Tyler, Michael Gollob enjoyed giving back to the community. His past community involvements included serving on the Board of Directors at Southside Bancshares Inc. and The University of Texas Health Northeast, Tyler. Including other leadership roles as the president of The East Texas Symphony Orchestra Association, Texas Prepaid College Tuition and the Tyler Bowling Association. He also served as treasurer of the Tyler Estate Council of CPAs. He maintained active memberships with the American Institute of CPAs, East Texas Chapter of CPAs, East Texas Estate Planning Council, City of Tyler Planning and Zoning Committee, the Downtown Rotary Club, The Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Finance Committee and Willow Brook Country Club.
Michael was predeceased by his parents, Mary Lois and Joseph Sigmund Gollob, and daughter, Lana Kay Lee.
Survivors include his wife LaVerne; daughter, Teresa Diane and husband Scott Butcher, Tyler; son, Jeffrey Lee, Dallas; and his "# 1" grandson, Aaron Michael Owens, Tyler. Also surviving are Michael's sister, Jeanette Seaman, St. Charles, Mo.; brother, Father Timothy Gollob, Dallas; godson ,Kyle Findley, Houston; along with numerous nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
Pallbearers are Tony Morgan, Bob Peddy, Tommy Chambers, Kevin Cashion, Richard Dutke, Ken Findley, Dr. Kirk Calhoun and Jim Knowles.
Honorary pallbearers are Isedro, Maurillo and Junior Cardinas.
The Gollob family would like to thank the following for their knowledge, wisdom, humor and wonderful care and treatment of Michael over these past many days: Dr. Sasha Vukelja (Dr.V.), and Dr. Duane Andrews and the many caregivers that gave so much of their tender loving, individualized care, and the wonderful staff at Hospice. The Gollob family would also like to acknowledge and give thanks to Bishop Joseph Strickland, Father Justin Braun, Very Rev. Anthony McLaughlin, Father Timothy Gollob and the many priests and ministers that came to Mike's bedside to give blessings and family prayers.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions to The Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception, The University of Texas Health Northeast, Tyler Junior College and Fit Steps for Life, University of Texas at Tyler, Bethesda Health Clinic or the
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2013