Mehdi “Mike” Shokraeifard

02/09/1960 –


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  • Visitation
Date: 05/03/2020
Time: 4:00 pm
 – 6:00 pm
  • Funeral Service
Date: 05/04/2020
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am


Mehdi “Mike” Shokraeifard passed away on April 28, 2020. We will celebrate his life of 60 years from 4-6 pm, Sunday, May 3, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Service will be at 10 am, Monday, May 4, 2020, at Lake Ridge Chapel. Additionally, a live stream of the service is available and available for thirty days on this page. You are encouraged to view Mike’s life tribute and sign a virtual guestbook and to share memories and expressions of sympathy by clicking the icon.

Mehdi was born on February 9, 1960, to Mohammad Shokraeifard and Mahboobe Zargandeh in Tehran, Iran. For most of his childhood and teenage years, he helped his father run a restaurant in Tehran.

When he was 17 years old, Mehdi moved to the United States where he attended Lubbock Christian College and Texas Tech University. After getting his education, Mehdi began working in the service industry where he took on a role as management for Graham Brothers Entertainment. Through hard work, honesty, and dedication he became the Senior Vice President of the company. In this role, he was known for his love of helping others by training and mentoring new management staff that worked with him.

At this point in his life, Mehdi’s focus shifted to his family; his wife Nancy and their two children, Austin and Joshua. Mehdi was a dedicated husband who would stop at nothing to keep his wife and kids happy. He was a loving and caring father, and alongside Nancy, raised two successful young men.

Mehdi attended every sporting event for his sons, coached whatever team they were on, celebrated every academic achievement, and gave his sons every opportunity that he could. He always put his family first above anything else. Anyone who knew Mehdi could tell you what was most important to him, his two sons, and his beautiful wife.

Mehdi fell in love with and married an amazing woman that understood him and loved him just as much. He would do anything and everything to make her happy and comfortable and would never accept anything less. Mehdi was loved by his family very much and he loved them even more.

Two years ago, he moved to Lubbock and began the next chapter of his life after purchasing the Red Zone Café where he acted as the co-owner and manager of the restaurant. This became Mehdi’s new passion and he had formed a new family in the employees and customers of Red Zone. There wasn’t a day that went by that Mehdi wasn’t in the restaurant hustling around with his employees, poking fun at customers, and making the world a happier place.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Shokraeifard; two sons, Joshua Javad Shokraeifard, and Austin Majeed Shokraeifard; mother Mahboobe Zargandeh; brother, Mohsen and wife Sepideh; and two sisters, Shahrzad, and Mahnaz.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mohammad Q. Shokraeifard; and a sister, Shahnaz.


The family of Mehdi Shokraeifard has designated the South Plains Food Bank ( for memorial contributions donated in his memory.

Celebration of Life

Graveside Service


32 thoughts on “Mehdi “Mike” Shokraeifard”

  1. I was just talking about his delicious basmati and chicken dish he prepared for us many years ago. I tried to replicate but no luck. He was a great chef…. May you all find comfort and strength in the warmth and caring of friends and family. With my deepest sympathy Norma Alfaro and Aaron Stern El Paso, TX

  2. Mehdi was a good, good friend, totally dependable and a personality beyond compare. He had a wonderful family and a good outlook on life. He will be missed by countless people, but mainly by his wife and boys, who are also special people. One can’t say enough good things. For health reasons l can not say goodbye in person, but he will be in my thoughts till the day l die. Goodbye good buddy………. Larry Criswell

  3. To Nancy, Josh & Austin…
    Our hearts go out to your immediate and international family with this shocking news about Mehdi. The Graham community is still trying to wrap our heads around this reality. As mortals, our first reaction is to think of all the times we could have reached out more often and kept the communication lines open…but the sound of the marching drum kept us all dealing with the cards we are dealt and the thought that there is always tomorrow. Now we know that is not true. I want you all to know how extremely proud he still is of all of you and how he was always a bit guarded about keeping you guys protected from the hustle and bustle of our world. Each one of you should understand how important you are in his life and (although we took up a lot of his time) he would have much rather been with you guys. We will all miss our little brother and the passion he brought to everyday life.

    Due to the current COVID situation, many of us may not be able to travel this weekend…but I’m hoping you will give us a reprieve and opportunity to organize at a later date when more restrictions are lifted and gather once again to give him a proper tribute. It’s my wish that you know how many diverse and interesting people he impacted along his path and how their world will be smaller and less comforting without him. Jimmy, Cindy and Johnny are only a few names on an extremely long list of humans enriched and empowered by his personality. We wish him godspeed on his new and exciting journey.

  4. Paula K. Smart

    Nancy, I was so saddened when I received the news about Mehdi. He was a special person and will be missed by so many people. Please know that I am thinking about you and the boys and praying for you all during this difficult time.

  5. Cindy Saillant-Cooper

    To Nancy, Josh and Austin,

    There are no words to ease the sorrow that your beautiful family is experiencing. Our hearts are heavy and our spirits are broken as each of us tries to grasp the passing of Medhi. The special man that was a great husband, father and friend to our family. Medhi always made our family feel special, even though he was always working hard and thinking of what he had to do next.

    I always enjoyed the times that we spent together in whatever city we were in. I am also sending love to his family overseas. The man of many talents that loved his wife and sons so very much. My entire family; Jimmy, Johnny and me are forever impacted by the unconditional love and passion he brought into our lives and the many experiences of life that he shared with us. May my dear friend RIP.

  6. The world has lost a good man. Marcelle and I really enjoyed getting to know him on our many trips to Red Zone restaurant. He had an amazing personality. He knew how to make each customer and person feel special. It was obvious that he was crazy about his wife and sons.

  7. Judee Provencio

    He will be missed and always in my prayers.

    Who will I call now to find out the “New Years Eve Specials” at the club?

    We love you guys,
    Tony, Judee, Estrella and Andres

  8. Hello Nancy, Josh,Austin, I worked directly for Mehdi for 12 years, I would talk on the phone 3 times a day everyday if we weren’t traveling around opening clubs around the country. I was closer to him than any of my friends or family. I’m sure y’all know how special he was, by I like to say HE WAS THE best, friendliest, warm hearted man I knew.I was devastated by the news as I’m sure y’all were. I pray for y’all, Love Randy Elam

  9. Rhonda Norris

    Mike was a great guy. I am a daily customer at the Red Zone and he always had a smile and a funny story. He loved to poke fun at the guys in our coffee group. He was generous and genuine. He will be greatly missed. Praying for those who loved him.

  10. Lyle and Rena Mashburn

    An amazing man and an amazing family. We were regular customers of Mike’s at Red Zone and really felt like he was a true friend. We enjoyed visiting with him. He had an infectious smile and a mannerism that isn’t found in many. He truly loved his family, employees, friends, customers and was always a delight to be around. He was witty and funny and loved to ‘pick’ at people. If you ever asked him how he was, he would always say “great” and he truly meant it.

    He will truly missed by many. Such a pleasure to have known him.

  11. Dear Nancy,
    Was shocked and so surprised to know of the passing of your precious husband. I am also praying for your sweet boys during this difficult time. Know that you are all so loved and you have a support system here to help you anytime.
    God Bless You All!
    Josie Smith

  12. Our dearest Nancy, Josh, and Austin,
    Words can’t describe the pain we all feel along your side. Mehdi was an amazing human being! He was a great cousin and he was always so kind to us. Every Thanksgiving we think of all of you and the kindness you all have showed us from the very beginning. We love you and our hearts are with you. I will pray for yours peace during these difficult times. May he Rest In Peace and may God help you get through this. We will live with wonderful memories of him, in our hearts. May God bless you all.
    Mahsa & Parsia

  13. Angie & Joe Valdez

    Like many of his customers, we are still in shock that Mike is no longer with us. We knew him only at the restaurant but being one that likes to know a person I came to know a little of who he was. In what he shared of his life before he came to Lubbock I came to admire him most for was his devotion and dedication to his family. He spoke so highly of his wife and sons. He was so so proud of what his sons had accomplished in their education. He spoke so lovingly of his wife. Because of his dedication to the restaurant I asked him once if he was married and he stood straight up as if to salute and said “Happily”. My husband and I both laughed. He was so proud of all his accomplishments but most of all his wife and two sons. One day I told him that in my opinion he personified the true “American Dream”. With much humbleness he thanked me. My husband remembers the special bread he would give us that he would order from some bakery in Austin. He was so kind in many ways. He leaves a great legacy that he should be truly proud of, you his family. Joe and I were privileged to know him and call him a friend. We will miss you Mike.

  14. I only knew him through my many trips to the “Zone”. My folks will tell you how many times I would ask if this was a day for the Red Zone, at least 2 or 3 times a week. I always had to watch out for him because he tricked me many times with extra flatware, crackers, or something in my purse when I got home. He would ask to inspect my purse at the checkout! He was always so enjoyable to be around, and we enjoyed the extra food treats that we were honored with. We went through the drive through on Wednesday and his last words were “See You Friday” and we answered back, you bet. We never know when the last word will be that we will hear from a friend. I want to extend my heartfelt words of sympathy to his wife and family. He showed us pictures of you all and he was so proud of you. He seemed more like a friend than the manager of a restaurant. We will really miss him when we go to the Zone, but it will continue to be our favorite place to go when we are hungry.

  15. Debbie & Jerry Burns

    Nancy, Josh & Austin,
    Where do I even begin? My heart is truly broken for you ALL!! This is just a huge shock! Mehdi was ALWAYS so full of such vibrant life & was my “go-to” for a laugh at any moment, on any day, during any circumstance!!! I’ll never forget our daily “training” phone calls after I retired from Graham’s. The tables were turned where he became the trainee instead of the fearless leader we all adored!!! I will miss Mr. Mehdi & the joy & fun he always exuded!! My love to you & all your families!!

  16. Yolanda Salinas & Vilsen Salinas

    We knew Mike from our numerous times at the Red Zone. I don’t remember one single time that my brother and I were eating there that Mike didn’t stop to visit with us. I also remember that on several occasions Mike would bring us two bowls of his delicious pecan cobbler. Our hearts are broken. RIP our most precious friend.

  17. Really enjoyed working with him over the years in the club business, first met him in Lubbock in the early 80’s, then several years later actually worked with him in Odessa and El Paso and several other locations, he was always brought smiles to peoples faces when he walked into a room. I learned a lot from him.

    He will be missed.

  18. Prayers and Condolence to the Family. I met Medhi in the early 80’s thru the Graham Clubs. A funny person full of humor and high energy, a well respected individual he will be missed. Always a respectful person he would always greet me with “Sir”. I’m glad I had to pleasure to have known you for many years and I know you have left a void in many peoples hearts. Rest in Peace my friend.

  19. what a great job Austin and Josh did on the ceremony your Dad would be proud of you, just like I am. Two very strong young men

  20. Krysti Hendricks

    Mehdi you will forever be in my heart and I will always remember you. You were stern and expected the best from all the Graham’s employees, but we all respected you and gave our all. So many memories and much love from the OKC crew….

  21. Legends are produced by Legends and the Grahams Club in Oklahoma City went out a Legend due to the Corporate Legend that was Mehdi. He demanded the best performance from each and every employee he had and due to his leadership that is what we gave “Our Best”! I worked with and around Mehdi for 30 years and have never met a more dedicated person to his job or Family than Mehdi. I will never be able to repay him for everything he taught me or even yelled at me for, and I will always remember you with great respect and admiration. My deepest heart felt sympathies to his Family!
    Mehdi…. Thank you for being such an influence on my life, I will never forget you and thinking of you will always put a smile on my face.
    Your Loyal Employee & Friend,
    Tammy Crockett

  22. Lynda Parkerson

    This dear man was such a joy to around! He was always smiling and joking with everyone. He was also a very generous man
    donating food to the poor. Lubbock is a much poorer place
    without him. He will be missed but he will never be forgotten.
    Our heartfelt sympathy to his family. Lynda and Stephen Parkerson and Esther James

  23. Our deepest condolences to each of you. I was one of the many regular every morning coffee drinkers and my wife & I always ate breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings. Mike & I shared the same birthdate & for the last couple of years, he shared the family balloons with me. We will miss his good humor, wit, & caring personality. Sam & Carolyn Owings

  24. Mike you will be truly missed. I enjoyed talking to you. I remember Tuesday morning talking to you. You were in such a great mood you were excited you were going to be able to open Friday. Your words to me Mark don’t let me run out of bread I told him if you get close I know I will be expecting a phone call He just laughed and I told him I will see you Thursday. He made a impression on me how much he cares for people. Thanksgiving I told him I would donate rolls for his turkey giveaway for the unfortunate. He tried to pay me out of his pocket told him no. This makes me feel good. He laughed and said it does me too. I will miss his phone calls and smiling face. Rest In Peace my friend.
    Mark Sugg

  25. So sad for the family. I spent quite a bit of time with Mike transferring Red Zone Cafe to him. Mike was a funny & dedicated family man. We have lost a good man ! Ricky Green

  26. Robert Dillender

    Austin and Josh – What a wonderful job both of you did today in honoring your father. Watching the two of you speak, I saw so much of him in both of you. Today I’m feeling both cheated and blessed. Cheated because your father left far sooner than any of us expected but so blessed because I had the chance to be his friend. I’ve been sharing stories about your father for 20 years and I’ll still be telling story’s about him 20 years from now. That’s the type of impact your father had on people. That’s the type of impact your father had on me.

    Few people in this world have the ability to make others want to be better but that is what your father did and because of that, today there’re hundred of people better because their life journey crossed with your fathers at one point and time. He will be truly missed.

  27. Kourosh Shustary

    Dear Joshua, Austin and Nancy
    I am so sorry for this unfortunate and heartbreaking loss…

    Also we (specially his aunt, Ensieh) were sorry to not be able to participate in the funeral but we were with you watching through stream channel.

    Yes, his life is ended as we all are mortal where it is a unbeatable , yet harsh truth of life…nonetheless his name and his legacy remains for all us whom have been effected by his kindness, lotalty, compassion and dedications…. today you burried his body, but his memory stay in heart of so many people touched by his sipirit and eagerness for life and loving…yes, his name shall be lived ….on a hardworking man who challenged every single moments of his life by passion and devotion… he will be missed but I’m sure his name and his memories stays…
    May God rest his soul?❤️?

    Kourosh@cousin @California

  28. Nancy, Josh, and Austin;

    Mehdi was an extraordinary person who lived an extraordinary life.

    We are so thankful for the meals and the laughter shared —

    Lawren & Imtiyaz

  29. I don’t have words to express how truly sadden our family was to hear of Mikes passing. He was truly a joy to get to know and he brightened our day each and every time we got to see him. His smile and energy were contagious. He had the gift of making every person feel special . He always made time to come to our table and say hello. He almost always mentioned his family and or “beautiful wife” as he ALWAYS referred to her. He was a precious person with a beautiful soul. I know he will be greatly missed by so many. Our hearts go out to all of those who loved him.
    Although we only knew him from the cafe, I consider him a friend as I’m sure most who knew him would . May God be with you all during this time and know our heartfelt prayers are with your family.
    Our Deepest sympathy,
    The Kahn family
    Michael, Angie and girls

  30. Teresa Anderson

    I am so very sad to hear about Mehdi.

    I was part of the Grahams family in the mid 80′ to early 90’s. Mehdi was without a doubt a legend in the Grahams family. I don’t think I ever met a more straight forward, witty and intelligent man. I talk about him today with funny stories! I have never forgotten some of the lessons I learned from him back in the day – he was one of a kind! And touched more people than we can count! He was so funny and cared deeply for human kind! I also was there to see how he and Nancy met. We all knew they were completely in love, so private and so protective of the love they were building. It makes me so happy to see the beautiful life they built. At the same time, I am so sad for Nancy and their beautiful sons for this deep, heart-breaking loss! I know Nancy and Mehdi spent their lives in love!

    I hope that when times are different, we can join the Shokraeifard family to celebrate Medhi. I thank you for posting this awesome tribute to your Husband, Father and Brother. Nancy, Josh, Austin and Mo – God Speed to Mehdi !

    The world will be a different place without him it!

    Teresa Anderson

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