August 18, 1925 ~ December 2, 2018
Mike Millsap, of Salt Lake City and formerly of Sunset, Utah, was born on August 18, 1925, and died quietly in his sleep at home on December 2, 2018, of causes incident to grand old age. Mike was the son of Ellen C. Millsap and Oscar R. Millsap. He was born in Holyoke, Colorado.
He was a farm boy and went to country schools. The family moved westward to a ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado when Mike was a teenager, where he became a ranching farm boy.
He ran an active trapline along tributaries of the Yampa River during the Depression and made pocket money selling muskrat pelts to Sears Roebuck. Mike was a keen hunter, especially of the magnificent mule deer in the western Colorado mountains.
Mike graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1943 and immediately joined the U. S. Army. He went into the Army Air Corps and became a pilot right after VE Day in 1945. After the war, when the demand for pilots disappeared, Mike continued his service as an enlisted man in the newly formed U.S. Air Force. In the Air Force, Mike held many jobs in the U.S. and abroad. He served as a flight crewman during the Berlin Airlift in 1948-49, helping to fly supplies to Berlin after the Soviets closed the overland supply routes to the beleaguered city.
After his European service, on June 15, 1952, Mike married Mary Alice Harris of Walden, Colorado. The two began their family, which grew to include Bob, Barbara, and Steve.
Mike developed into an expert airplane mechanic through USAF training and a year of college in Beloit, Wisconsin. During his career, he won numerous awards for excellence in service, in the form of both cash awards and accolades from peers. His career as a USAF noncommissioned officer specializing in flight line work took him to a 13-month posting in Korea in an advisory capacity, and to assignments in California, Illinois, and finally Hill AFB in Utah, where he retired with the rank of Master Sergeant after 20 years of service.
Mike returned to Hill in Procurement Management and on the flight lines as a civil service worker until his eventual and much anticipated second retirement, after a total of 38 years of service. Mike was a gentle and kind husband, father and grandfather. He was a devoted neighbor during 50+ years of residence in Sunset. When neighborhood kids had flat bicycle tires, they counted on Mike for guidance on repairs. He and Mary alternated camping adventures, hunting adventures and home maintenance adventures with visits from their kids and grandkids.
In 2017, Mary and Mike moved to Salt Lake City to achieve a more retired style of retirement at the Sunrise Assisted Living Community on Highland Drive! Mike will be deeply missed by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ivan and his sister Lila, and is survived by his wife Mary Alice, his children Bob (Maria), Barbara (Marshall), and Steve, plus grandsons Jeremy Millsap, Zachary Millsap, and Jeffrey Ralph.