Obituary of Michael Dean McCrary, Sr.
Michael Dean McCrary, Sr. “M5” entered into eternal rest on July 5, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones. Over the past six months, he battled AND defeated cancer, only for his heart to give up on him. Of course, his heart had nothing left to give as he was always selflessly sharing it with others. Michael was born January 8, 1949, in Lima, Ohio, where he was also raised. After high school, he moved to Miami, Florida, where he lived over the next 14 years. He was an avid racer, opening “Mike’s Place”, a tavern, where competitors and fans alike would gather for friendship and to recap the evening’s racing festivities. During his racing career, Mike earned countless wins and titles at local tracks across the United States, both as a driver and car owner. In addition to his impressive resume behind the wheel, Mike was also a successful team owner, who was often referred to as the “Rick Hendrick of the South” because so many notable racers drove his cars. He was the first Ed Howe racecar distributor and McCreary racing tires dealer in South Florida and the 1976 Marion Edwards Memorial Champion. Combining his entrepreneurial spirit and his passion for racing, Michael also became the official fuel and apparel vendor for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series in its infancy. His love for racing makes perfect sense, it combined his favorite things; the feeling of family, camaraderie, togetherness, and the mischievous spirit of competition. After moving to Central Florida in 1981, he married his wife, Marilyn, and they began a wrecker service that is still in operation today. Together they also built a subdivision in Davenport. He was a Certified Flight Instructor, Boat Captain, and multi-term President of the Auburndale Rotary Club. Michael held many titles, but “Dad” was among his favorites and has always considered his family to be his greatest accomplishment. Not only did he raise his own children, Michael Dean II, Michael James, Michelle, Jake, Misty, Melissa, and Matthew, but he was also a fatherly figure to many that others had given up on. He shared his knowledge, compassion, and love with them all as if they were his own. His loyalty was second to none and if Mike was your friend, you had a friend for life. You also had someone to push you, stand up for you, surprise you with your favorite things, and purposely push your buttons at the same time. Everyone that knew him was better because of it. May his death be a reminder to us all to always tell people how much you love them and that your family is of the utmost importance. Left to cherish his memory; wife, Marilyn, sister; Toni (Sheryl) Cattell, children; Michael James (liham) McCrary, Michelle (Mario) Gosselin, Jacob (April) Simmons, Misty (Dexter) Bean, Melissa (George Jr.) Gorham, Matthew (Courtney) McCrary, and grandchildren; Mya McCrary, Megan and Madison Gosselin, Addyson Simmons, Marley and Moxley Bean, Bailey, Kailey, Logan, George III, and Macon Gorham, Isla and Huxson McCrary, many nieces and nephews, former wife; Maria Lloyd, who considers Michael as her “longest term best friend.” He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Dean McCrary II, his father, Kenneth Emerson McCrary, and his mother, Patricia Ann (Roberts) McCrary. A funeral will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at the Auburndale Community Church, 601 Stadium Road, Auburndale, FL. Visitation begins at 2:00, followed by a service at 3:30.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Michael McCrary, Sr., please visit Tribute Store