Michael Peter Kier, 67, of Tulsa, OK passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa on August 10, 1951 to Lawrence and Jerry (Palmer) Kier. He grew up in Denver, Colorado and graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies.
Mike dedicated his career to the City of Tulsa beginning with college internships in the early 1970’s. He became a full-time city employee in the budget department in 1975. In 1993 he was promoted to Finance Director. During his 43 years with the city he served 10 mayors. He was widely recognized for his professional expertise and also for serving as a mentor and friend to many city employees. In 2018 Mayor G. T. Bynum recognized Mike’s exemplary service by designating the highest Tulsa city employee award as the “Michael P. Kier Tulsa Blue Award for Public Service Excellence.”
Outside of work, Mike was cherished by family and friends for his generosity and kindness. He also developed a decades-long passion for sailing, which he enjoyed primarily at the Grand Lake of the Cherokees.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents, great-nephew Kendall Kier, sister-in-law Kathi Kier, and mother-in-law Dorotha Dillion. He is survived by his wife Theresa Dillion, step-mother Joan of Denver, CO, brother Larry of St. Louis, MO, sister Holly Lana and her husband Mark of Denver, CO , step brother Chuck, step sister Jody Hurtado, and a host of nephews, nieces, and great nephews and great nieces.
A memorial service will be held on January 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Temple Assembly of God church, 4701 W Edison St, Tulsa, OK 74127.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the United Way or to the charity of your choice in Mike’s memory.
- Date & Time: January 19, 2019 (11:00 AM)
- Venue: Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church
- Location: 4701 W. Edison St. Tulsa, OK 74127 - (Get Directions)