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20181024 SouthernAnthem Mike PausewangMike Pausewang may have been behind the scenes of the wildly popular family band known as Southern Anthem, but he was as much of the driving force as his family stars on stage.

Pausewang died at the age of 51 at his home on Aug. 20. Southern Anthem was named 2017-18 Family Vocal Group of the Year by the Valley Star Awards, a people’s choice-style award. The band regularly filled Winter Texan resort venues and were booked heavily for performances throughout the Valley.

Due to Pausewang’s passing, the group will not be returning to the Rio Grande Valley this year, according to 17-year-old Mikaela Pausewang, lead singer and guitarist for the band.

“We would like to say a sincere thank you to all the Winter Texans who gave us some of the most amazing seasons we could imagine in the Rio Grande Valley,” Mikaela Pausewang said in a statement to the Winter Texan Times. “The experiences that you made possible have changed our lives forever.”

Mike Pausewang was born Aug. 15, 1967 in Temple, Texas. Survivors include his children Derek, Mikaela, Logan, Miranda and Emma Pausewang, and wife Wendy. Pausewang married Wendy Adams on July 31, 1993. According to his obituary, “He spent most of his adult life as a remodeler and was so dedicated to his craft that he started his own business.

He wasn’t one who liked the bright lights or to be in the spotlight or on the stage. He knew, however, how to run a show, the lights, the setup and would always be seen quietly doing his job at the sound and lighting board, sometimes with his two youngest daughters Miranda and Emma sitting on his lap or by his side.

“Our dad was the foundation we stood on. He supported us in every aspect of our lives and made possible our dream of traveling and performing,” Mikaela Pausewang said. “We will miss his words of encouragement and unconditional love every single day. Although we won’t be able to return to the Valley this season, we will carry the memories we made there in our hearts forever.”

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