Michael Dean Harlow

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Michael Dean Harlow, “Mike”, age 64 of Goodyear, AZ died September 3, 2019, in Goodyear, AZ. He was born July 30, 1955, in Phoenix, AZ to Ivan Harlow and Sylvia Reinfried. Mike loved airplanes. His passion began as a child when he built very detailed model airplanes. He soon began flying tethered airplanes, then RC airplanes, until one day he announced to his wife that he had bought a Cessna 172. At the time he didn’t have a pilot’s license, but he figured that it was more economical to take lessons in his own plane than a rented one. He now owns a Cessna 182.

Mike’s enthusiasm for airplanes extended well beyond flying.   He was the Vice President of the American Aviation Historical Society, Phoenix Wing. He was also affiliated with the Collings Foundation and coordinated with them to bring their historical airplane tours to the Goodyear Airport. He enjoyed restoring vintage aviation helmets and had quite a collection.

Mike worked at Maximet as a sandblaster where a friend taught him to weld. He began his 36-year career at Honeywell working as a welder and ended it as an engineer when he retired three years ago.

Mike competed as a sportsman shooter. His high achievements in competitions earned him the Distinguished Rifleman award. In his younger days, Mike also competed in roller skating competitions. He was the Arizona State Roller Skating Champion for three years in a row. When Mike chose to be at home relaxing, he could be found in his beloved pool.

Mike is survived by his wife, Cyndi Harlow; daughter, Stefanie (Harlow) Hill and her husband, Dan Hill; son, Mike (DJ) Harlow; father and stepmother, Ivan and Beverly Harlow; brother, Chris Harlow; and grandsons, Danny, and Steven Hill. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia (Reinfried) Harlow and his faithful dog, Sammy.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, September 14, 2019, at Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

12 Comments on “Michael Dean Harlow

  1. Such a great guy with all of his accomplishments. It would have been an honor to meet him. Blessings to you and your family.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  2. Mike was faithfully at the airport weekly, he helped many tenants, had his annual 4th of July BBQ (all were welcomes) he also was in the office every month to pay his hangar rent, (cash only). I will miss him dearly though he came off hard, he was a soft teddy bear at heart, it took him meeting my puppy to open that soft interior of a man. I will miss our short visits, me having to yell for him to hear me and him with that grin when I told he had to smile to get his receipt.
    My condolences and many prayers to his family and close friends, he was one of kind and will be dearly missed at GYR.

  3. Mike, โ€œHelmet Guyโ€, was a valued member of the American Aviation Historical Society-Phoenix Wing. He helped the group in so many ways. He was an active board member. He promoted the group at airshows recruiting new members. He donated model airplanes for our raffles. He helped at our annual banquet. Mike will be greatly missed by our organization and in the aviation community. Blue skies and tailwinds Mike.

  4. Will miss you and your wonderful aviation helmet collection. One of a kind. Great guy.

    Arv

  5. Thank you Mike for your friendship. When you had something to say, if we were smart, we listened. We will miss you you….!!

  6. Gosh, Mikey, just yesterday we were joking and laughing at the hangar, and now you are up there with the angels.
    You left us way to soon, buddy. We miss you.
    Austen, Iden and David Mersereau

  7. I first met Mikey and Lou Brand about 20 years ago when they lost their field (I-10 and he 101) and moved to Aux 6 where I was president. The 1st thing I said to him was, “You must be related to Jean Harlow.” He said, “of course.” I liked him from that moment on. He had a great sense of humor and we always enjoyed talking to each other.
    He was amazingly talented: accomplished full scale as well as R/C pilot, custom restoration of aviation helmets, roller skating champion x 3. rifle shooting marksman and machinist.

    He and I enjoyed talking about the salad days of Phoenix (he was born here in 1955 and me in ’44) He loved the history of Aux 6 and enjoyed looking at the old 1942 maps my Dad had of Aux 6. He flattered and surprised me (without telling me)
    by painting my name (RESERVED FOR DOC) so I would always have my own parking spot.

    He was a great soul and would go out of his way to help anybody. Just an all around great talented guy!

  8. Cyndi it was a pleasure to know Mike. He was always so kind and open hearted! Wanting to share his love of flying with any and all…. we were blessed to have flown with him a few times.
    Our deepest sympathies to Cyndi and the family.
    – Joe and Sheila

  9. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Cyndi, I know how much you loved Mike๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿค—.
    May he rest in peaceful knowing you have a guardian angel shinning down on you forever.

  10. It was a pleasure to work with Mike at Honeywell all these years. His knowledge and enthusiasm for so many different topics and subjects, always made it interesting and fun. The best times were spent volunteering with Mike at the Collings Foundation on their annual aircraft tour. you are missed by so many people.

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