About Dallas Institute

Michael Thurman

Michael Thurman

Faculty Member

Funeral Director’s Program, Dallas Institute of Funeral Service; Master of Education, Tarleton State University; Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Oklahoma State University

Michael Thurman was born in Marietta, Georgia and raised in Idabel, Oklahoma, graduating from Idabel High School in 1989. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University in 1993 and received his master’s degree in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University in 2004. In 2019, Michael began working in the funeral service and in 2021 he graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service becoming a licensed funeral director in the state of Texas. In 2023, Michael also earned his Crematory Operator Certification from the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA). Prior to joining the funeral service, he served as a campus and district level administrator in addition to being a teacher and coach during his tenure in the field of public education. Michael is married to Debbie, has three children, one granddaughter, and resides in Alvord, Texas.

Mr. Thurman teaches History of Funeral Service and Funeral Service Sociology in addition to other courses while working with the Dallas Institute team to further facilitate student success.