Michael Lynn Bailey, of Durant, Oklahoma, was born March 2, 1960 in Hugo, Oklahoma, the son of William Harvey Bailey and Elsie Marie (Foster) Bailey. Mike moved to his heavenly home on August 8, 2019. Mike grew up roping calves and riding horses achieving high school rodeo finals, Indian National Finals, USTRC (United States Team Roping Championship), and Booger Barter finals numerous times in team roping and rodeoed all over the United States. Besides being an avid team roper, Mike loved raising horses and fishing. His greatest enjoyment was his God given gift of helping kids and older people both in and out of the Choctaw Nation, no matter the need, large or small which was demonstrated through his giving heart, exceptional mind and excellent memory. Wherever he saw a need, he met that need, most of the time, without asking. He just did.