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Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Maurice Edward (“Ed”) Underwood

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Maurice Edward (“Ed”) Underwood Obituary
Maurice Edward ("Ed") Underwood, 75, passed away on August 23, 2017 at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona following a courageous battle against pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in West Palm Beach, Florida to Maurice Sr. and Harriette Underwood, and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. As a child Ed dreamed of being a pilot, and he fulfilled that dream after graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1964 with a degree in Engineering Science. He attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, and flew the F-4 Phantom. He was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses for combat operations over Vietnam, and 17 Air Medals. Ed served at bases in Arizona, England, the Philippines, Thailand, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany, before being assigned to Holloman Air Force Base as an instructor pilot in the T-38. Following his retirement as a Major in 1984, he worked as an engineer at White Sands Missile Range for 22 years at the High Energy Laser Site Test Facility (HELSTF) and the National Radar Cross Section Test Facility (formerly RATSCAT).

A resident of Alamogordo of 38 years, Ed valued time spent with family and long-term friends. He enjoyed gourmet cooking and was one of the original members of Gourmet Club. He was an avid reader and life-long learner, earning a B.S. in Computer Science from Chapman College, a masters' degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He loved his church (Our Savior Lutheran Church) and church family. He enjoyed traveling with family and friends in this country and abroad during which time he was able to exercise his love of photography.

Ed is survived by his wife, Sandy, of 48 years, daughters Jill Borovansky (Herb) and Laura Muschamp (Thomas), grandchildren Nicolas and Gabrielle Borovansky and Trey Muschamp, sisters Jayne Smith (Winfield) and Sally Howard (Joe), as well as nieces and nephews. He was dearly loved throughout his life and will be sorely missed by those who loved him.

The family would like to thank everyone who supported us through Ed's illness with their cards, prayers and good wishes. He valued your love and friendship, as do we.

A memorial service will be held at New Covenant Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 2, 2017 at 10:30. Should you wish to celebrate his life through a donation, please contribute to a service organization that cares for those in need in your community.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 30 to Sept. 28, 2017
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