Mountain View Mortuary

2350 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, CO


Michael A. Garza

October 18, 1979November 24, 2019

Michael Garza was born Oct. 18, 1979 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Dr. Gene Garza and Rebecca Garza.

He spent his youth in Montevallo, Alabama where he enjoyed comic books, camping, coding and building computers.

During his adulthood, he enjoyed computers, anime, solving problems, and spending time with his family. He was a great friend, husband, and father. He was always there ready to help anyone when needed.

He married his first wife Sarah in April of 2003 and then he joined the Air Force where he served his country for 14 years.

Michael is survived by his wife; Tierra Schofield, daughter; Meagan Garza, sons; Oliver Garza-Schofield and Ben Schofield.

Michael is preceded in death by his mother Rebecca.


  • Tierra Schofield, Wife
  • Meagan Garza, Daughter
  • Oliver Garza-Schofield, Son
  • Ben Schofield, Son
  • Dr. Gene Garza, Father
  • Rebecca Garza, Mother (deceased)


12 December

A Gathering of Loving Support

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mountain View Mortuary

2350 Montebello Square Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado

13 December

Committal Service

1:00 pm

Pike Peak National Cemetery

10545 Drennan Road
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80925


Michael A. Garza

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Akira Summers

December 3, 2019

Michael was a very sweet and kind friend of mine. We may not have talked all the time or stayed in contact but every time we did it was always on the same page. He was always sweet enough to be there for me when I needed. He also took me to go shooting guns a few times as well in order to teach me some self-defense just in case anything bad ever happened. I send all my Angels to his family an loved ones !!!!

Mark Sheetenhelm

December 3, 2019

I knew Mike when we were teachers together at Vandenberg. He was always a model for our students and I was proud to call him a friend.
Blue skies and tailwinds brother.

Serena Galindo

December 3, 2019

In the short time that we knew Micheal we really felt connected to him ,we wished that there was something we could have done to help him through his pain. We love Micheal and were gonna miss him. God Bless. Mr & Mrs. Bobby Galindo.

Matthew Jensen

December 2, 2019

Garza and I joined the Air force within a few months of each other, and we worked crew together and then i was in a back shop with him for a few years. We enjoyed many long philosophical discussions on almost any topic. He could speak from almost every side and sometimes would play the devil's advocate so well, we both changed our views. The world was a wonderful place with him in it, and returning to stardust to be an everlasting part of my universe.


Ben Mealey

December 2, 2019

Only met you in passing, but everyone in the space community raves about the impact you made. My condolences to your family, and thanks for all that you did in service to your country, and those you served with.

Casey “Regis” Hilbun

December 1, 2019

I met Mike at a mutual friends BBQ party. I spilt BBQ sauce all over my shirt. He laughed, I laughed, we bonded. I wished we spent more time together. Peace be with you, Mike.


Susan Edwards-Aagaard

December 1, 2019

Some of the best times I had with Mike were in Las Vegas and deployed in the Middle East. He taught me how to gamble (and win!) and explained all the different games on the casino floor to me. He always included everyone we were traveling with and I really appreciated that about him. While we were deployed mike always shared his care packages from home with the team, whether it was hazelnut almond butter or good coffee or chocolate, he always made sure everyone knew it wasn’t just for him. He regaled us with stories about his family and facts about a lot of different things. Mike helped arranged my flights when I went on a trip while we were overseas with our unit and because he knew I was nervous to fly through combat zones he would update me on my flight info with memes and funny sayings. He always offered to help with stuff, even when it wasn’t convenient for him. He had a profound sense of justice and never worried about speaking his mind. He was one of my best Arabic students and was willing if not eager to learn more to help him connect with our hosts. He was my friend and colleague and I will miss him.