Michael Anthony (Tony) Secino

Michael Anthony (Tony) Secino, 56, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Seabrook Texas.  He was born on December 7, 1964 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Colonel Joseph C. Secino and Audrey I. Secino.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Colonel Joseph C. Secino, USAF, Ret., his sister, Jody Secino and nephew Chris Secino.  He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife, Lauren Secino, his Mother Audrey I. Secino, his brother Colonel Joseph W. Secino, USA, Ret. (Melite), his Mother-in-law, Sofia David, two Sister’s-in-law Josefina and Cecilia David, one nephew Francisco David, one niece Katie Secino and his beloved pets Beni and Raton, his lizards, and birds.  He will be deeply missed by his family, and coworkers.

Tony received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in 1989 and a Masters of Environmental Engineering and Science from John Hopkins University in 2019.

His professional career started at Marshall Spaceflight Center in June 1989 working for Teledyne Brown Engineering.  From there, Tony moved to Atlanta Georgia working for BellSouth Corporate Tower and then on to Hartsville, South Carolina working for Sonoco Product Company Corporate Headquarters.  He ultimately landed his dream job of working at NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.  At NASA-JSC he worked in Electromagnetic testing of flight hardware, directly supported the International Space Station Program, and ultimately became the Project Manager for the Gateway Portable Computer Project with the goal of delivering laptops and servers for astronauts aboard the Gateway Lunar-orbiting outpost.

Tony was an enthusiastic and passionate engineer who brought a positive attitude and a can-do spirit to his work.  He was an outdoor enthusiast and animal lover with a kind heart.  Tony was a good man and loved rescuing and nurturing animals in need.  He was a man of honesty and integrity who was very proud of his family’s military history.  He made meaningful personal connections with his coworkers throughout his career and he will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure of getting to know and work with him.  He will especially be missed by his loving wife, Lauren Secino.


  1. Tony was a good man and a kind soul. He was a man of integrity, which is rare these days. He was a tremendous encourager — I’m so thankful for the times that he lifted me up with his words. He truly loved his animals — I always enjoyed hearing his stories about how he would risk his own safety to rescue a wild animal and nurse it back to health. I’m so sad that he’s gone.

    Mike McFarlane
  2. Such a tragic loss for the family. Tony was an amazing and brilliant young man, with passion that saw no end. You will truly be missed by all whose lives you touched. I will miss our email conversations immensely. You will always be on my mind, in my thoughts. I love you little cuz. I am so thankful that we finally reconnected, although the time was cut short. Keep the family members in line up there little cuz. Give my big bro a huge hug and kiss, also for your sis and nephew too. Tell my dad that i love him despite our differences. Please watch over Lauren, she needs a guardian angel right now. Rest peacefully now. Don’t forget to stop by the rainbow bridge on your journey, to reconnect with lost pets. While there, tell my babies that i miss and love them all. Until we meet again… love you cuz…

    :toni-lynn; chester:
  3. Lauren, I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know that I will always be here for you and I’m still looking forward to our evening walks with Beni.

    Mary Flores
  4. Lauren, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. Though I did not know him, it’s obvious he was a wonderful man, loved and admired by many, and I’m so sad that you and your family have experienced such a devastating loss.

    Susan Hanley
  5. My beautifl soul, my brother. My only broher. We had the honor to meet you, You were, you are and you will be an angel. We used to talk about birds, because we liked it, now you have your wings. Fly hight near my father, but wait for my wings and i will see you again. Someday.

    Cecilia David
  6. We miss everday your precense, your voice. There is no way we could ever forget you. There is no words to express how broken are our souls. We are all grieving for you. You are in our hearts, for ever. Josefina, Sofia, Francisco y Cecilia David

    Josefina David
  7. I was fortunate enough to travel to Montreal with Tony a couple times while he supported ISS. Some of my favorite travel memories were with him – walking around old town. He was an amazing person and friend. He’ll be greatly missed.

    Alex Bellinghausen
  8. To Lauren, Audrey, Joe, Melite, Katie, Sofia, Josefina, Cecilia, Francisco…we are so deeply sorry to hear of Tony’s passing and for your catastrophic loss. He was, undoubtedly, tremendously loved by all who knew him. We hope you can find some comfort & strength in one another as you navigate through this impossible time.
    Lauren, we are so very sorry for your unimaginable sorrow and pain. Please know we will continue to have you in our hearts and in our thoughts.

    Much love to you all,
    Lisa, Patrick, Julia, Dylan

    The O'Brien Family
  9. Lauren,
    You have my family’s and my most sincerest sympathies. I have only worked with Tony briefly but he has left a mark on my life. He made everyone on his project feel appreciated and valued. He went out of his way to make personal connections with everyone. I will miss his ability to tell related stories from his life that go with anyone’s own story when chatting. He was genuinely interested in everyone. I regret not being able to hangout and get to know him better over a bottle of #4 JD.
    My German Shepherd, Rufus, will never know how much Tony loved hearing his bark.
    The world a little less bright without Tony.

    Warmest regards,
    Louis Daniel Huerta and Family
    Especially Rufus

    The Huerta Family
  10. Lauren, querida,
    My heart goes to you. I remember sweet moments when you both received us in your home, and shared moments with Tony and the pets. I hope you find comfort and please know that we are here to help and accompany you. Please extend my deepest condolences to the family.

    With love,

    Susi, Sabrina and Erica

    Susana Zanello
  11. We are so deeply saddened to learn of this sudden loss. While there are no words to ease this pain, Lauren, Audrey, Joe, family and friends please know you are in our hearts during this difficult time. Sending Love and Hugs.
    Dion, Stu, Ella and Jake

    Dion Rhodes
  12. I just learned of Tony today, he was my Grandmother’s nephew. My Grandmother Ellen passed away last month, and I found myself looking for family members online. Unfortunately I didn’t know how to reach Audrey, Tony’s mother, who is my Aunt (whom I’ve never met), to let her know her sister passed away. I wish I had known of Tony, or got to know him. He has a kind face, and seems to have had an amazing career. I wish his family well and may he rest in peace.

    Carrie-Ellen Batcheller

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