Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

The Great Seal of the Choctaw Nation

Phillip Michael Willis

Born: 11/9/1954

Died: 1/5/2006

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Phillip Michael Willis, 51, of Yukon, Oklahoma, passed away January 5, 2006. He was born November 9, 1954, in Lawton, Oklahoma, to Henry J. and Carole Willis.

Mike was of Choctaw and Kiowa descent. He graduated in 1973 from Stratford High School where he excelled in sports, lettering in football and track; music, placing superior ranking in state and tri-state competitions; and academically, receiving numerous medals in math and science. He attended the University of Oklahoma and became a lifetime avid OU fan and supporter. He was a member of the Crimson Reign Sooner Fan Club.

Mike was employed by Wells Fargo Financial, where he had worked in auto sales and auto financial management for over 25 years, receiving numerous sales awards and recognitions. One of his favorite awards was winning a trip to the Orange Bowl to see his beloved OU play. Mike developed and initiated an auto financing program that still exists today, which has provided opportunities for many persons to receive financial assistance in purchasing automobiles.

He supported, attended and was a member of Yukon First United Methodist Church, where he held many offices including administrative chairperson and missions chair. He taught Sunday School for 14 years and worked with the youth group. He was a diligent worker and leader at their annual Groundhog Day fund-raising where he was affectionately called Bossy Hog. Mike’s leadership extended to various organizations and community events.

Survivors include his daughter, Mallori Renee of Yukon, a student at OU, to whom he was a wonderful and loving father. He is also survived by his parents; two brothers, Tim Willis and wife, Vicki, of Cary, North Carolina, and Carl Willis of Lawrence, Kansas; four sisters, the Rev. Julienne Elaine Judd and husband, Rev. John, of Lawrence, Kansas, Sandra C. Poolaw and husband, Robert Jr., of Anadarko, Victoria Willis of Norman and Michelle Estrada and husband, Rudy, of Oklahoma City; 10 nephews, Michael, Steven and John (Jr.) Judd, Dane, Jeffrey and Elias Poolaw, T.J. and Tristan Williams, and Phillip and Matthew Estrada; two nieces, Caroline Judd and Marisa Poolaw; five great-nieces, and one great-nephew namesake.

Mike’s family extends their unending appreciation for the support of the Choctaw Nation, Chief Pyle, Assistant Chief Bailey, Joy Culbreath, and the Choctaw Language Department.

Phillip Michael Willis