Michael Fair "Miki" West
1947 - 2014
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West, Michael (Miki) Fair
was born on Feb. 2, 1947, in Anoka, MN. His parents were Meta Marie Lindquist and Ray Allan (Corky) West. He graduated from North High School in 1965. On July 14, 1967, he married the love of his life, Carol Hendrickson, in Phoenix, AZ. They graduated from Southwestern Baptist Bible College. In Aug. 1970, he enlisted in the Army. After completing Officer Candidate School, Ranger and Airborne training he was stationed in Berlin, Germany. After he returned from Berlin in 1974, he transferred into the Army Reserves. He then completed his seminary training at Tennessee Temple Seminary and in 1979 started pastoring at Calvary Baptist Church in Silver City, NM. In 1981, he became an Army Reserve Chaplain. In 1987, he accepted a pastoral position at Bible Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. During Desert Storm he served as chaplain attached to the 403rd Combat Support Hospital. He retired as a Colonel after 31 years of service. In 1998, he was hired as a chaplain at the Phoenix VA Hospital where he served and ministered until his retirement from the VA due to the onset of ALS. After a valiant fight he went to be with his Lord on Dec. 27, 2014 while spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, his three sons, (Aaron, Joel and Stephen), his 4 grandchildren (Katherine, Keith, Maya and Caroline), his sister, Mary Lind Priest, his brother Jeffrey West and their families. Visitation 6 to 8 PM, Tues. Dec. 30, 2014 at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wed. Dec. 31, 2014 at Mesa Baptist Church, 2425 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ, with interment with Military Honors at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ at 2:00 PM. www.greenacresmortuary.net





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Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2014.
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January 8, 2015
Mrs. West and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. West was a truly awesome person. It was both an honor and privilege to have seved him. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless. Gayle, CNA (BrightStar)
Gayle
January 7, 2015
I was priviledged to serve with Chaplin West in the 403rd Combat Support Hospital, for several years. He walked the walk and talked the talk of a Chaplin. He led our hearts and minds down a better path. He was a good man of God and I look forward to meeting him again someday. Bill Butler MSG USA ret.
MSG (ret) Bill Butler
January 2, 2015
Carol, I am sorry for your temporary loss of Miki. I know you will be reuntied in heaven. Miki was a fine man who lived and served with great integrity. I know you will continue to live with your usual grace. Blessings, Al Kurz
Al Kurz
January 2, 2015
Carol, I am sorry for your temporary loss of Miki. I know you will be reuntied in heaven. Miki was a fine man who lived and served with great integrity. I know you will continue to live with your usual grace. Blessings, Al Kurz
January 2, 2015
Carol, I am sorry for your temporary loss of Miki. I know you will be reuntied in heaven. Miki was a fine man who lived and served with great integrity. I know you will continue to live with your usual grace. Blessings.
Al Kurz
January 1, 2015
Love and Prayers to you Carol and family, will always cherish our memories at Calvary Baptist. May the Lord keep you in His care.
The Pinckard Family
December 31, 2014
So sorry to hear of Miki's passing. May God hold you close to Him as you walk through these dark days. Will be praying for your family.
Kathie McMahon
December 31, 2014
I first met Micki as a Reserve Army Chaplain. Micki was my Senior Chaplain with the 403rd CSH after Desert Storm. We served together as Chaplains and became friends. Micki loved ministering to the troops. He continued this ministry as a VA Chaplain in Phoenix. When I was in town my wife and I would often visit him at the VA. Micki was always excited to share what was going on with the patients. Micki has now re-deployed to the garrison in heaven where he waits for us who still serve in this combat zone called earth. Thank you, Micki for all your service. Skip
Chaplain (COL-R) Ernest E. "Skip" LaMertha II
December 31, 2014
One of my first memories of Chaplain West was when our daughter, Kitty, asked him if all Chaplains had direction names. At the time, Kitty knew of Chaplain South and Chaplain West. Micki, with a straight face, said, "No, only the special ones. Otherwise, they have names like LaMertha (like your dad)." and then he broke out in the biggest smile. Micki always was smiling. I was privileged to see that smile many times, even as he struggled with ALS. Micki's faith and trust in God was so real in his life. It was a privilege to know and serve with him. Heaven has recalled a special soldier now. My thoughts and prayers are with Carol and the family as they navigate the grief path in the days ahead until we all get our recall orders.
Dawn LaMertha
December 31, 2014
Miki, it was such an honor to work with you on the Ethics committee. You are truly a gentle man. I miss our long discussions about CS Lewis. Thank you for exemplifying what it means to serve your fellow man. My condolences to your family
Dougglas Mitchell
December 31, 2014
God bless the family of Chaplain West. You are in our prayers. The Knight Family
December 30, 2014
Nicole and I were so blessed to meet and fellowship with you, Miki. You're home with Christ now. - Ernie and Nicole Soles
December 30, 2014
Faith and I extend our condolences to Carol
and family. His absence is palpable. He was blessed with a life of service to others, family, community, and country. He battled ALS as he did all challenges with courage and determination. I will always remember his singing hymns in the early desert mornings during the PGW. He was a major factor in the success of the 403rd Combat
Support Hospital during this brief conflict. His friendship is missed but now he is assigned to God's army.
Edward J Lefeber,Jr MD
Colonel, USA {ret)
Edward Lefeber
December 30, 2014
My sincere condolences to the Michael West family.
Gale Kittle
December 30, 2014
sorry to here of his passing LILA an tom mums
lila muma
December 30, 2014
My deepest sympathy at the passing of Chaplain West. I served with him in the 403rd during ODS and know how deeply he cared for our soldiers. Col(ret) Christine Mahon
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