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Michael Thomas Fries

Michael Thomas Fries, AIA, 62, passed away unexpectedly on February 6, 2021. He was born in Norwalk, Ohio, and graduated from Miami University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Environmental Design, and the University Of Texas School Of Architecture in 1984 with a Master of Architecture.

Michael and his wife Margaret were married in 1983 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona three years later. In 1995, they started FM GROUP INC, an architectural, environmental, and facilities firm that celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2020, currently works in 50 states and around the world. In addition to starting his own firm and serving as the president of FM GROUP INC, over the years Michael taught at Arizona State University and The Asbestos Institute. He also volunteered for many years with the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation including serving on its board.

He loved to travel, especially with his family, and enjoyed sharing stories of their trips over the last couple of years to China, Mexico, Germany, New York City, and riding on a Mardi Gras parade float in New Orleans.

Michael had a remarkable appetite for life, an eye for detail, and a huge heart. One of the legacies he was proudest of was the mentorship and friendship he provided employees, colleagues and co-workers over the years. He is survived by his wife, children, parents, and brother and will be missed by innumerable uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Due to the current pandemic, a socially-distant, masked, visitation window with the family will occur on February 27th from 10am-12pm at Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery.

Video condolences may be left for the family at https://www.tribute.co/mtfries

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Michaels's memory to the Rio Salado Architecture Foundation Historic Preservation Project. Donations can be made through the website at https://rio-salado-architecture-foundation.square.site/product/michael-fries-aia-rsaf-archives-memorial-fund/24?cs=true&cst=custom




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2021.
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Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery
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February 23, 2021
I have known Michael for about 20 years. What started as a business relationship turned into a friendship. I wish all my clients were as enjoyable to work with as Michael. A honest, hard working man with a delightful sense of humor. He will be greatly missed! My condolences to Margaret and family.
Tom Ottmar
Friend
February 23, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
February 22, 2021
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
February 22, 2021
I knew Michael when we were in our twenties. He was always a great guy and always upbeating happy. Then he moved away to pursue his degree. I knew when he left that he would be a great success in life. I am proud to have known Mike only a few years. I believe he's now in heaven with his creator.
Donald E Usselman
Friend
February 21, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Michael was always so nice, happy, and friendly. Sending our thoughts and prayers.

Cheri and Scott Crozier
Cheri and Scott Crozier
Friend
February 21, 2021
To the family, so sorry for your loss. My memories are of Mike chairing Facilities Ministry at Scottsdale’s Blessed Sacrament Catholic Parish. He was so eager and helpful in his desire to improve and maintain the parish properties. He will be missed.
Dr Honora Norton, former Blessed Sacrament Parish Mgr
Acquaintance
February 21, 2021
Michael was a good friend. We worked together back in the early 1990's and we had a great relationship in spite of the fact that we went to rival universities. I was very impressed with his business acumen and his ability to make the most of a bad situation. He helped me out on several occasions and I am saddened to learn of his death. Rest in peace, my brother.
Timothy Keneipp
Friend
February 20, 2021
Condolences to your family. Michael has made a huge impact on our local environmental industry and will be truly missed. He was a wonderful man. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Vicky Lynn Aviles
Acquaintance
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