Obituary: Billy F. Mitcham Jr., 1948-2015

Mitcham Industries President and CEO Billy F. Mitcham Jr. passed away surrounded by his family on Friday at the age of 67. 

A resident of Texas, Mr. Mitcham and his family were frequent visitors to the Cayman Islands, and he is remembered fondly by his friends here. 

“We had a lot of happy times with their family at Cayman Kai,” said Cayman resident Helen Hislop. “He was a wonderful, kind, caring person, and I’m really saddened by his death.” 

Mr. Mitcham had been battling leukemia for more than a year. 

Born on Jan. 8, 1948 in Brawley, California, Mr. Mitcham grew up in Texas. He graduated from Spring Branch High School in 1966 and then enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Vietnam for four years. 

He began his career in the oil and gas industry with Halliburton Services in 1970.  

In 1979, he joined his father Billy Mitcham Sr. in the family business, Mitcham Associates, in Houston. In 1987, Bill Jr. presided over the formation of Mitcham Industries, a publicly held international supplier of geophysical and seismic equipment to the oil and gas industry.  

His family described Mr. Mitcham as a “devoted husband, a loving son, father, brother, grandfather, uncle to his large family and a treasured friend to many.”  

He is survived by Debbie, his wife of 16 years; his mother, Polly Cree; his sons and their families, and many other members of his large family. 

A celebration of life service will be held Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church, Huntsville. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  

The family requests that memorial contributions in Mr. Mitcham’s name be made to: Northside Baptist Church, Youth Building Program, 1207 FM 980, Huntsville, TX 77320 or The Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Billy Mitcham Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 702740, Tulsa, OK 74170. 

Billy F. Mitcham, Jr.
Billy F. Mitcham, Jr.