Michael Edwin McCarthy
Colonel Michael Edwin McCarthy, USAF, Retired of Litchfield Park, AZ died September 8, 2019 at the age of 78 years. Michael was born in Auburn, New York and enlisted in the Air Force in 1962 after graduating from the University of Miami. He completed his undergraduate pilot training in Laredo, TX and was then assigned as an F4 Phantom pilot to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing at Ubon Royal Thai Air Base during the Vietnam War. He flew 124 missions against North Vietnam and Laos from 1967 to 1968, earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross award.

After returning from Vietnam, he met his wife of 48 years, Linda. From 1972 to 1974, Michael had the opportunity to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada as an exchange pilot.

Throughout his twenty-eight year career in the Air Force, Michael had assignments at the Pentagon, served with the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the American Embassy in Oslo, Norway and ended his military career as Chief of Staff at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, AZ. He retired in 1990. Following his retirement, he worked for Lockheed Martin and also taught several classes at Arizona State University. He is a published author; his book Phantom Reflections: The Education of an American Fighter Pilot in Vietnam came out in 2007.

Michael enjoyed traveling to New England with his wife several times a year, visiting his grandkids in California and never passed up a cold martini and a chance to watch his favorite movie "Casablanca."

Michael is survived by his wife, Linda, his daughter Erin (McCarthy) Reasoner, his sister Patricia Voss and his three granddaughters. His Irish humor, quick wit, bright smile and generosity will be sadly missed by his family and all who knew him.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 4 at 10am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Avondale, AZ followed by a military burial at 12:30pm at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, then a reception at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Michael Edwin McCarthy to Faith Hospice of Arizona at https://faithofaz.com.
Published on September 12, 2019


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Bill Pfau
Dec 01, 2019
I worked directly with Mike at the Phoenix Sector Office of the FAA. He was a joy to work with, and always gave 100 per cent on every project. I am so sorry for your loss.
Lottie Hunter
Sep 23, 2019
Sweet Tranquility Basket was purchased for the family of Michael Edwin McCarthy by Lottie Hunter.  Send flowers
Robert Pendleton
Sep 20, 2019
With Distinction was purchased for the family of Michael Edwin McCarthy by Robert Pendleton.  Send flowers
Betty & Bill Ross
Sep 20, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss; Betty has always said your life with Mike is a Beautiful Love Story and I have always been so proud to be asked to be Erin's Godfather. Your tour with the RCAF in Cold Lake was a great chance to meet such a lovely family and as teammates were very lucky to have all of you on board as friends and super neighbours.
Much love Betty and Bill
Carolyn Whitehead
Sep 18, 2019
Linda, I am so ver sorry for Mike, my prayers are with you & Erin. It is so coincidental because I lost Jim on August 27th so I know your loss, I am lost, so I know what you are going through, I am having a difficult time. Call me Linda.
Robert L Hohman
Sep 18, 2019
64A: Mike you are a true hero.
Anne Gillespie
Sep 17, 2019
Linda, I was so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Please know that you and Erin are in my thoughts and prayers. I have wonderful memories of you both during your exchange posting to Canada. Mike was special and he will be missed by all who knew him. Love, Anne Gillespie
Jerry & Denise Franklin
Sep 14, 2019
We are very sorry for your loss of Mike. Sending healing prayers along with comforting hugs. Jerry & Denise Franklin