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Larry Joe Michael

Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 11:00 am

Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home

Obituary

Larry Joe Michael, 60, of Dallas, TX and formerly of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
Born Tuesday, September 22, 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was the son of Larry LaMotte Michael and Rheba Jo (Welch) Michael of Hagerstown, MD.
Joe was President and CEO of Faryx Renewable Energy in Dallas, TX and was a graduate of Hancock High School, class of 1977.
In addition to his parents, Joe is survived by brother Rick Michael (Diane) of Hagerstown, MD,  sister Tamara Layman (Bud) of Hagerstown, MD, and brother Bradley Michael (Sarah) of Hancock, MD; nieces and nephews, Jami, Craig, Lindsay, Lauren, Shelby, Clayton, Gage and Issac; grand-nieces and nephews, Ryder, Beckett, London, Jack, Annie, Nora, Waylon, and Roland; and special friends, Connor, Aaron, Ben, and Caleb.
Joe was an entrepreneur, a man of mystery, and always off to someplace new. He traveled the world and was a source of entertainment and laughter wherever he went. Joe never knew a stranger and had many friends. Although he never had children, Joe loved and cherished his nieces, nephews, and friend’s children as if they were his own and shared a special bond with each and every one. “Uncle Joe” was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
Family will receive friends at the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, on Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (cff.org) in honor of his dear friend Connor.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com.

 

Guest Book

Dear Michael Family, I got to know Joe in 2009 on one of his many trips to Toronto. We quickly became friends and business allies and worked closely together on many projects over the years. We literally talked almost every day. Joe embodied most of the great traits that Americans are known for throughout the world: friendliness (Joe never encountered a busy city intersection that did not offer-up the opportunity to strike-up a conversation with a stranger, despite his legendary walking speed!), kindness (I often recall Joe offering his umbrella with great sincerity to strangers during a sudden downbursts), integrity (in all our years in business together I never saw Joe behave deceitfully, fail to honour a commitment or shortchange a partner or client), unparalleled work ethic (it was standard fare for Joe to begin his work day at 4:15 am and not turn the lights out until close to midnight, or jump in his car and drive 5 or 6 hours to attend a meeting or pick-up a sample), love of life (Joe had a great zest for living and sharing, and his good nature rubbed-off on everyone he met). Joe was a big force in my life and I miss him a great deal everyday. I can’t imagine how tough this must be for all of you, but I hope you can take a little comfort in knowing that Joe was liked, respected and trusted by all his friends and business partners alike. And I consider myself to have been fortunate enough to have been both of those. Sincerely, Alex Logie Toronto, Canada

Alex Logie
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dear Larry, Reba, Tam,Rick and Brad, I cannot find the words to express my sorrow. It seems so unbelievable. My heart and prayers go out to each and every one of you as I replay the many memories that I have of our families laughing and playing together. Believe me if Tim and I could be there we would. We continue to pray for you. With Jesus at the front, you can know that Mom and Dad were right there to welcome him home.

Lois Olsen
Thurmont, Maryland

Read this biography that I wrote about Joe a few months ago: quote Joe Michael, CEO of Faryx Bio-Agriculture, has been a pioneer in developing platforms for monetizing emerging investment opportunities, and is now focused on building an agro-industrial platform for growing and processing industrial hemp and its lucrative myriad by-products. He has developed many complementary skills including ideation, sourcing deals, strategic planning, and disciplined execution of plans. He has demonstrated proven leadership skills, project management, and project finance skills, always protecting the interests of the investor and other key stakeholders. He has organized and procured building supplies and financing for construction projects including hotels and large real estate developments. He has been to the Middle East over 30 times to raise money for successful projects, and has developed presentation skills as well as monitoring and evaluation of milestones, holding suppliers and project managers accountable for budgets and execution of contracts. In 2008, during the financial crisis, he applied all of his skills to create a platform for deal origination, project management and project financing in several industries, and developed an aptitude for finding talented entrepreneurs and negotiating acquisition options in order to secure financing in a difficult and highly competitive business environment. Once he commits to a project on behalf of his investors, he is tenacious, committed to deliverables on time and under budget and full reporting of results. The latest venture, Faryx Bio Agriculture, incorporates his powerful network of financial advisors and deal makers in New York, Texas, New Mexico and the agri-tech supply chain in the re-emerging industrial hemp and hemp processing business. He has assembled a world-class team of experts in farming, farm irrigation, hemp seed supplies, environmental sustainability, industrial hemp processing, regulatory compliance and Opportunity Zone fund management. Faryx Bio Agriculture is now a platform for identifying the right infrastructure, skills and resources for agro-industrial development for a new and lucrative cash crop, Industrial Hemp, as a result of the US Federal Government legalizing hemp farming in the Farm Bill signed into law last December 2018. As a result of finding ideal locations inside of Opportunity Zones in Texas and New Mexico, Joe Michael is now engaging with business dealers in Dallas and local leaders in Texas and New Mexico. His investment thesis meets the investment criteria of social impact investors, their ESG investment criteria as well managing to develop a profitable and environmentally sustainable investment platform inside of several Qualified Opportunity Zones. Joe Michael has practical and valuable experience as an entrepreneur in identifying, structuring and presenting world-class investment opportunities. He is now leading a team of scientists, CPAs, agronomists, and industrial engineers and financiers that that will de-risk any agro-industrial investment opportunity that passes his screening criteria. 1980 - 1996 Entrepreneur - Owned and operated a successful sales and marketing company in the northeast region. 1996 to 2010 Consulting and raising money 2008 Started Faryx 2008 Faryx Development LLC Real Estate 2010 Faryx Renewable Energy LLC Renewable Energy 2010 Faryx Wind Energy, LLC Wind Farm 2012 Faryx Energy, LLC Oil & Gas 2018 Faryx Energy Resources Inc Water business in New Mexico and Texas 2019 Faryx Bio Agriculture Agriculture Joe Michael: Chaired Controlled Coordinated Executed Headed Operated Orchestrated Organized Oversaw Planned Produced Programmed Envisioned Performed Joe Michael: visionary, ambitious industrial entrepreneur, 21st century farmer, risk-taker, global collaborator, exemplary character, loyal friend. I was Joe Michael's friend since the early 1990's. He visited me in New York many times and I once shared my office with him when I was on business trips. I had just written the 1st biography of Bill Clinton, before he became President of the United States, a best selling book in 11 languages. I invited Joe to a lunch with wealthy sheikhs from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Middle East nations. Joe had never met super-rich Arabs before, some Princes from Royal families. He liked them and they liked him, and found industrial projects that paid him $10,000 or more per month to raise money. I learned from Joe several things, even though he had no college degree: treat all people with respect, regardless of position, wealth or status. Have confidence in yourself--if you have patience, persistence, focus and realism, you can go for your dreams and realize them in some cases if you have luck and surround yourself with people who have skills and knowledge you do not have. Constantly learn something new every day. Do not be afraid of the future...have courage and foresight. I introduced him to my lawyer, Tom McVey who became his lawyer, enabling him to negotiate complex business deals. Joe helped me out several times, when I was in between checks from clients. I repaid him and developed a high level of respect and admiration for his loyalty, willingness to help others and his capacity to take calculated professional risks. I had dinners and lunches with him and never was tired of hearing about his amazing deals and adventures. I met Ivo Caytas, David Katapody, Alex Logie and Jason Sawyer through Joe and could see Joe was attracted to brilliant thoughtful people, and often he was leading them into business deals as much as they led him into deals. He spoke with love and admiration for his parents and his and siblings and nieces and nephews. He was a friend of the former CEO of Hydro Québec who was a member of the World Economic Forum. Thanks to Joe telling me about the World Economic Forum in Davos, I applied 15 years later and became a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum. Joe was fascinated by large opportunities with technology. I introduced him to Sandia National Labs and Joe paid me for policy research, research on new laws and government programs, new technology and he valued the power of insight and research. Joe valued our friendship. I valued my friendship with Joe. He will be sincerely missed by me and many whose lives he touched. God Bless Larry Joe Michael and his family.

Robert E Levin
New York, NY

Read this biography that I wrote about Joe: quote Joe Michael, CEO of Faryx Bio-Agriculture, has been a pioneer in developing platforms for monetizing emerging investment opportunities, and is not focused on building an agro-industrial platform for growing and processing industrial hemp and its lucrative myriad by-products. He has developed many complementary skills including ideation, sourcing deals, strategic planning, and disciplined execution of plans. He has demonstrated proven leadership skills, project management, and project finance skills, always protecting the interests of the investor and other key stakeholders. He has organized and procured building supplies and financing for construction projects including hotels and large real estate developments. He has been to the Middle East over 30 times to raise money for successful projects, and has developed presentation skills as well as monitoring and evaluation of milestones, holding suppliers and project managers accountable for budgets and execution of contracts. In 2008, during the financial crisis, he applied all of his skills to create a platform for deal origination, project management and project financing in several industries, and developed an aptitude for finding talented entrepreneurs and negotiating acquisition options in order to secure financing in a difficult and highly competitive business environment. Once he commits to a project on behalf of his investors, he is tenacious, committed to deliverables on time and under budget and full reporting of results. The latest venture, Faryx Bio Agriculture, incorporates his powerful network of financial advisors and deal makers in New York, Texas, New Mexico and the agri-tech supply chain in the re-emerging industrial hemp and hemp processing business. He has assembled a world-class team of experts in farming, farm irrigation, hemp seed supplies, environmental sustainability, industrial hemp processing, regulatory compliance and Opportunity Zone fund management. Faryx Bio Agriculture is now a platform for identifying the right infrastructure, skills and resources for agro-industrial development for a new and lucrative cash crop, Industrial Hemp, as a result of the US Federal Government legalizing hemp farming in the Farm Bill signed into law last December 2018. As a result of finding ideal locations inside of Opportunity Zones in Texas and New Mexico, Joe Michael is now engaging with business dealers in Dallas and local leaders in Texas and New Mexico. His investment thesis meets the investment criteria of social impact investors, their ESG investment criteria as well managing to develop a profitable and environmentally sustainable investment platform inside of several Qualified Opportunity Zones. Joe Michael has practical and valuable experience as an entrepreneur in identifying, structuring and presenting world-class investment opportunities. He is now leading a team of scientists, CPAs, agronomists, and industrial engineers and financiers that that will de-risk any agro-industrial investment opportunity that passes his screening criteria. 1980 - 1996 Entrepreneur - Owned and operated a successful sales and marketing company in the northeast region. 1996 to 2010 Consulting and raising money 2008 Started Faryx 2008 Faryx Development LLC Real Estate 2010 Faryx Renewable Energy LLC Renewable Energy 2010 Faryx Wind Energy, LLC Wind Farm 2012 Faryx Energy, LLC Oil & Gas 2018 Faryx Energy Resources Inc Water business in New Mexico and Texas 2019 Faryx Bio Agriculture Agriculture Joe Michael: Chaired Controlled Coordinated Executed Headed Operated Orchestrated Organized Oversaw Planned Produced Programmed Envisioned Performed Joe Michael: visionary, ambitious industrial entrepreneur, 21st century farmer, risk-taker, global collaborator, exemplary character, loyal friend. I was Joe Michael's friend since the early 1990's. He visited me in New York many times and I once shared my office with him when I was on business trips. I had just written the 1st biography of Bill Clinton, before he became President of the United States, a best selling book in 11 languages. I invited Joe to a lunch with wealthy sheikhs from the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other Middle East nations. Joe had never met super-rich Arabs before, some Princes from Royal families. He liked them and they liked him, and found industrial projects that paid him $10,000 or more per month to raise money. I learned from Joe several things, even though he had no college degree: treat all people with respect, regardless of position, wealth or status. Have confidence in yourself--if you have patience, persistence, focus and realism, you can go for your dreams and realize them in some cases if you have luck and surround yourself with people who have skills and knowledge you do not have. Constantly learn something new every day. Do not be afraid of the future...have courage and foresight. I introduced him to my lawyer, Tom McVey who became his lawyer, enabling him to negotiate complex business deals. Joe helped me out several times, when I was in between checks from clients. I repaid him and developed a high level of respect and admiration for his loyalty, willingness to help others and his capacity to take calculated professional risks. I had dinners and lunches with him and never was tired of hearing about his amazing deals and adventures. I met Ivo Caytas, David Katapody, Alex Logie and Jason Sawyer through Joe and could see Joe was attracted to brilliant thoughtful people, and often he was leading them into business deals as much as they led him into deals. He spoke with love and admiration for his parents and his and siblings and nieces and nephews. He was a friend of the former CEO of Hydro Québec who was a member of the World Economic Forum. Thanks to Joe telling me about the World Economic Forum in Davos, I applied 15 years later and became a Technology Pioneer of the World Economic Forum. Joe was fascinated by large opportunities with technology. I introduced him to Sandia National Labs and Joe paid me for policy research, research on new laws and government programs, new technology and he valued the power of insight and research. Joe valued our friendship. I valued my friendship with Joe. He will be sincerely missed by me and many whose lives he touched. God Bless Larry Joe Michael and his family.

Robert Levin
New York, NY

Dearest Rheba, Larry, and Family, You're All in my thoughts and prayers. May GOD's Holy Spirit bring timely peace and healing to every soul, as remembrances of joy, laughter, and Joe's wonderful, warm personality fill your hearts and minds. In Jesus' love, Carolyn Witt, 410-725-6797

Carolyn Witt
Preston, md, 21655

I managed The Katy in Dallas through 2019 and Joe was a fixture in our community. Affectionately referred to as “Building Dad” by a few of us, he was a great source of entertainment, and also, Amazon snacks. :) He is missed by many here.

Heather Lancaster
Dallas, TX

I graduated High School with Joe (Class of 77). I am so sorry for your loss and wishing you strength and peace during this hard time. What an amazing man.

Barbara Beauchamp
Hagerstown, MD

So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My sympathy and prayers go out to his Dad and Mom and all the family during this difficult time.

Michelle Sipes
Martinsburg , WV

Joe was my friend. For almost 22 years, I treasured his ideas, generosity, kindness, and courage. Whether in Mayfair, South Africa, the Pacific Rim, all over Europe, or at my wedding, Joe was a sage fellow traveler with precious instincts. My safest way to see him was to be in trouble: for Joe was there, time after time. Rarely he thought or planned like others – an uncommon man of grace, imagination, with unshakeable faith in good karma, pairing a child’s curiosity with a judgment of human character beyond his experience. Had so much life to his years. We talked at length just days before he went ahead, but we will speak again, Joe. Thank you for you.

Ivo Caytas
Wroclaw, Poland

Joe and I met in 1996 and worked together from that point on, becoming friends, taking on many projects and traveling together to London, Zurich, Athens, UAE, Bahamas and Vancouver Island, amongst others. Joe's entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic were second to none, as was his kindness to his friends and strangers alike. He was a student...of everything; always reading and learning. Our last conversations and messages on Sunday and Monday June 21st/22nd, were filled with optimism and enthusiasm for the future of our next endeavour. I will miss Joe and the camaraderie we shared. My sincerest condolences to the entire Michael family, of whom he often quite proudly spoke.

Jason Sawyer
Toronto, Canada

I will always remember all the great times we had together and the true friend and colleague you were to me. You will be greatly missed. May you rest in peace and may God bless you. James

James Woofter
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Joe was a wonderful guy. He always made me and everyone else feel welcome. I will miss him.

Annie Wisecarver
Shepherdstown, WV

Suddenly gone from our midst. I am so sorry for the over whelming pain and loss for Rheba, Larry and family. We always heard of the fun-filled surprise visits and his forever generous gifts. I meet him first at the Michaels home in Hancock as a teenager and then thru the years visiting at each family event he would always ask about each of my kids. Family couldn’t be with him in his final moment; but I’m sure the Lord was. My sincerest condolences.

Diane McDougal
Hagerstown, MD

I got my first and only speeding ticket taking Joe and his sister home from Church. He was always good for a laugh! See you when we meet again.

Jerry King
Falling waters, WV

I only saw Joe 2 times- one at Rick and Dianes wedding and the other time at Sammy`s get together after his funeral.+

Arlene Host
Hagerstown, Maryland

Larry, Rheba, Tammy , Bud and the rest of your family--- We are so very sorry for your loss and are lifting all of you up in prayer. We never had the pleasure of meeting Joe but we know he will be greatly missed. Praying you will find peace during this terrible pain. Love, Jack and Sherie Adams

Sherie and Jack Adams
Falling Waters, WV

Larry and Rheba, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Rich & Ruth Barron
Hagerstown , Maryland

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