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 by The Arizona Republic from Dec. 30 to Dec. 31, 2014.