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60, went home to be with the lord on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Preceding him to heaven were his parents, Margery and Raymond "Beans" Lanford, and his brothers James and Bill Lanford. Michael James Lanford was born in Phoenix, AZ, in 1952. He grew up in the farming industry helping his father and brothers run the family farm. He later broke into ranching and finally ended his career repairing and maintaining heavy machinery. Mike worked cattle, irrigated crops, and drove and maintained farm equipment. He loved working cattle the most. Mike graduated from Buckeye Union School and attended Glendale Community College and Arizona State University. He married Melanie Ann Aja in 1975 and began a life with her in Palo Verde Arizona. His hobbies included taking care of animals, reading western novels and roping when his health permitted. Mike is survived by his wife of 37 years, Melanie, daughter Gigette and husband Robert Dillow, son Raymond Basilio "R.B." and wife Annette, grandchildren Clay, Paige, Kaitlyn and a fourth grandchild due in September. Mike was a kind hearted cowboy and he will be missed by many. Funeral Services to be held at St. Henry's Catholic Church 128 S. 3rd St. Buckeye , 85326, at 10am Saturday February 2.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 30, 2013