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Infectious smile, caring spirit

May 26, 1990 - March 13, 2012 Michael Chris Kaitson

Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 20:07

Michael Chris Kaitson

“He could bring a room alive.” Michael Chris Kaitson, junior business major

Michael Kaitson, junior business major, is remembered as a loyal friend, protector and caring member of the Aggie family.

He played the role of protector for his younger siblings, was a valued friend as a fraternity brother in Sigma Alpha Epsilon and exuded life to those he met. Among Kaitson’s talents and pleasures, friends said he was a standout basketball player.

“One of my favorite things about Michael was his smile,” said Angie Kaitson, Michael’s mother.  “He was always bouncing into the kitchen trying to make me laugh. He used to pick me up and swing me around — which was really funny because I’m 5’4” and he’s about 6’3” — and he would do the same thing with his younger siblings. He could bring a room alive, for sure.”

Along with his ability to cheer everyone up, Michael was also said to have been a friend to everyone.

“He was a very social and lovable person,” said Chris Kaitson, Michael’s father. “He had so many diverse interests. He could do anything and enjoy it. Michael was like the United Nations: he got along with everybody. He never did meet a stranger.”

Two things Michael loved most were sports and music. If he wasn’t playing sports, Michael was learning the latest riff on the guitar or improving his skills on the piano.

“On the music side, he played piano, drums, guitar. He loved to rap — he loved all different types of music,” Chris said. “There have been several testimonies of car-ride rap concerts. He was always the life of the party, so to speak.”

Michael was as skilled at music as with sports. James Lassen, junior accounting major, said Michael loved basketball and was really good.

“He made a lot of people look dumb on the court,” Lassen said.

Michael was also an active and valued member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

“He was funny, loyal and just fun to be around,” said Lassen, one of Michael’s fraternity pledge brothers. “He was always down to hang out and just be there when you needed someone.”

Will Ritter, president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, chose the poem “Turn Again To Life” by Mary Lee Hall to be read at his funeral.

“The poem reveals something about Michael’s character,” said Ritter, a junior agricultural economics major. “It says, ‘For my sake turn again to life and smile … Complete these dear unfinished tasks of mine,  and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.’  Michael would want us to keep moving and living because he is the type of man who looks out for the best interest and well-being of those around him.”

After graduating, Michael aspired to continue to law school.

“He always had a knack for debating and swaying you toward his view of things,” Angie said. “He was really driven in everything he did and was determined to make it into law school and be a lawyer like his father.”

Michael loved A&M and could relate to the kindness of people in Aggieland because that’s who he was, a caring person.

“He only applied to two schools, UT and A&M,” Chris said. “When he visited Austin, he said there wasn’t a feeling of family there. I think he chose A&M because everyone is nice and kind, like him. He fit right in.”

Michael’s life will be honored during Silver Taps at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in Academic Plaza.


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