Dr. Michael “Mike” Stephen Kopenits, 69, of Amarillo, TX passed away September 3, 2020.
Memorial services will be at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church on October 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm with Deacon Henry Wilhelm officiating. Burial will take place in New York. Family requests those attending the memorial service to please wear a mask.
Mike was born in Buffalo, New York on August 20, 1951 to Michael and Jean Kopenits. Being his Dad was in retail, he spent his childhood years living in several areas of New York. While in high school he met his wife to be Christine and they have been together ever since. They graduated from Kent State University together and were married a year after. Mike went on to further his education and completed his Dental Medical Doctor (DMD) degree at the University of Pittsburgh. He spent 20 years in the dental profession. Within that time, they had 3 children, two daughters and a son. Mike was very involved with his children’s lives and their sports. Whether it was skiing down a mountain, taking a trip to the ocean, coaching their sports teams, attending all their games, being part of the booster clubs or just hanging out with them. He also became a softball umpire, a basketball referee and with his love of rock music, a DJ on a local rock radio station. He also loved to cook and he and Christine owned and operated a restaurant for several years. A favorite pastime was golf and he played a round as often as he could whether with his wife, his son or his golfing buddies. Wanting to get back in the medical/dental field, Mike was hired on as an Anatomy & Physiology professor at Amarillo College where he spent the last 17 years. There he took great pride in his students and their successes. He retired from the college in December 2019.
Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents, Michael & Jean Kopenits; and his brother, Mark Kopenits.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Christine; daughter, Keri Juarez; son, Michael Kopenits lll; daughter, Melissa Rogers and husband Christopher Rogers; and six grandchildren, Nathaniel and Kealy Juarez, Ashlyn and Kynzie Kopenits, and Riley and Owen Rogers. He will be greatly missed by all.