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Odell Jay Michaelis

Posted By Carrie Franklin On December 27, 2018 @ 2:48 pm In Obituaries | 5 Comments

Odell Jay Michaelis (Mike), 87 passed away peacefully Friday, December 21, 2018 at 1pm at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mike was born in Smithfield, Utah, February 19, 1931 to Harry and Lena Michaelis. Mike and Beverly were sealed in the Oakland, California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for time and all eternity. He is survived by his wife, Bev, and three children, Todd Michaelis, Randy Michaelis and Tamara Beckman and three step children Lloyd Benson, Sharon Barnum and Steve Benson, along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Milne and son Scott.

Mike served in the U.S. Airforce as an Air Traffic Control Operator, assisting in the first hydrogen bomb test in 1952 near Enewetak. After his military experience he attended the College of Southern Utah where he participated on the basketball team, making it to the state championship finals. He later transferred to and graduated from Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo with a degree in mechanical engineering. He eventually established a successful business, American Consulting Engineers in the Bay Area.

A viewing will be held at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary at 6500 E. Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85254 at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 with funeral services following at noon.

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Condolence from The Duncan’s on December 30th, 2018 3:42 am

With Heartfelt Sympathy to the Michaelis
Family,

May you rely on the God of all comfort to help you to endure the days ahead.

“God is our refuge and strength”
(Psalms 46:1).

Condolence from Eunice Merrill on December 30th, 2018 6:17 pm

I have many fond memories of both Odell and Beverly.

As youth in elementary school, Odell and Archie Egbert were friends until Archie moved in either Jr. or Sr. High School. Laura Lou Lamb Campbell and I (Eunice Tidwell Merrill) were always classmates. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we were together in Smithfield 1st Ward and continued when the new 4th Ward/Stake Center was built. There were a couple of times in elementary school that we girls went hiking with the boys to what we called the pyramids in the hills of Smithfield. I remember one particular occasion when Fern (Archie’s sister) took the four of us to the base of the hills to begin our hike the Saturday before Easter. She proceeded to explain how if we were bitten by a snake, one of the boys should take his pocketknife and cut an “X” on the bite and should suck and then spit out the blood to remove the poison. Laura Lou and I just about decided to return home. However, we did climb to the top and enjoyed the view and even repeated it the next year.

Condolence from Flora Teng on January 2nd, 2019 11:09 am

RIP Mike. It’s been a blessing to have worked with you and I wish your family the best in 2019.

Condolence from Calvin Elliott on January 2nd, 2019 6:45 pm

The Elliott Family

It is with great sorrow to hear of Mike’s passing.
Mike was our Mechanical partner and we at first, experienced tough times getting a business started but later, enjoyed good times together as our business grew.
Mike was a kind soul respected by all who knew him. Again our prayers and thoughts go out to the family at this time of passing.

Condolence from Robert J Parks on January 3rd, 2019 4:02 pm

I was so sorry to hear about Mike. Mike was my Mentor, friend and business partner, he was like a big brother to me and the last of a true gentleman. Mike hired me in 1970 when he was with a small consulting firm in Campbell, Ca. We became business partners in 1986. He was one of the most respected engineers in the industry. He and Bev where part of our family for many many years. During our long rides to the best fishing holes, Mike and I would trade stories sharing our opinions on religion, politics and business.

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