A memorial service for Michael Todd Korth, 49, was held Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Chapel in Rockdale with Deacon Gus Coelho of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rockdale officiating.

Mr. Korth died Wednesday, Aug. 15, in St. David’s Hospital in Austin after a 14-year battle with cancer.

He grew up in Rockdale and was a 1981 graduate of Rockdale High School. He graduated from Blinn College and attended the University of Texas on a track management scholarship.

Mr. Korth worked as operational director at the University of Texas Athletic Department in 1984 primarily with the football and track teams until his death.

He was an active supporter of Texas Special Olympics and helped coordinate the annual state meet.

Mr. Korth served on the board of directors of the Horse Empowered Learning Centers Program (HELP) Center of Austin.

He was baptized in Caldwell Elizabeth Lutheran Church and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Deanville.

Mr. Korth was inducted into the Rockdale Sports Hall of Honor in 2011 and was chosen as an honorary official referee at the 2011 Texas Relays.

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilfred Korth Sr., on May 14, 2010.

Survivors are his mother, Katherine Korth of Caldwell; three brothers, Wilfred Korth and wife Claire of Goliad, Glen Korth and wife Debbie of Sheffield, Carl Korth of Victoria; a sister, Patty Korth Koscielniak and husband Harry of Cleburne; four nieces, Kabara Korth Praskavich and husband Michael, Kathy Koscielniak, Krystan Koscielniak and Kristin Hall; and four nephews, Jordan Korth and wife Chelsea, Wilfred Frank Koscielniak, Justin Hall and Bobby Graham.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 963 N. FM 908, Rockdale, TX 76567; Central Texas SPCA, P.O. Box 98, Cedar Park, TX 78630; Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, P.O. Box 632, College Station, TX 77841; or St. John Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 38, Deanville, TX 77852.

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