OBITUARY

Blaine Craig Mackintosh

October 28, 1967January 19, 2013

Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, Blaine Craig Mackintosh passed away on January 19, 2013 while at work in Omaha, Nebraska. Born to Susan (Maw) and Michael Mackintosh on October 28, 1967 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Blaine grew up in Sandy, Utah, and had one younger brother, Christopher Mackintosh. He graduated from Alta High School and Salt Lake Community College. Blaine married his best friend and high school sweetheart, Tammy Hansen Mackintosh on January 11, 1992. They recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. He worked as a flight instructor as well as flying air ambulance and corporate jets before obtaining his dream job with Southwest Airlines. He was getting ready to celebrate his 10 year anniversary with them this year. Blaine’s pride and joys were his sons, Taylor (age 16) and Connor (age 11). His face would light up when asked about his family. They were the most important thing to him and he loved spending time with them. He had a passion for working on cars, first with his dad when he was younger, and later with his son, Taylor. He belonged to the All Gens Camaro Club and had fun working on his Camaro with his son, Taylor. He loved family dinners with his parents, and vacations to Lake Powell. Whatever he chose to do, he did so with passion and drive. He is survived by his wife Tammy; his sons Taylor and Connor; his brother Chris; his parents Mike and Susan as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM with a Visitation from 11:00 – 12:00 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 19730 E. Ocotillo, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. Graveside Services will follow at Mountain View Cemetery 7900 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85207. The family wishes to thank everyone for their support and love at this difficult time, especially Founders Park Ward, the Southwest Airlines family, and Captains Ray Hatfield and Thad Sowder.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 26, 2013
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 26, 2013
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October 29, 2014

Forty seven years ago today you came into my life and heart. I thank you for sharing your life, time, memories and family with me through out all those years. You are so loved. I miss you every day. Mom
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Mike, Susan, & Chris Mackintosh

February 3, 2013

Blaine was our son, our brother, our best friend, our hero. For him the pursuit of happiness was just a way of life. As a kid he demonstrated a carefree and slightly reckless sense of adventure. He started walking at 7 months of age and quickly began his childhood career of bumps and bruises, along with a few trips to the ER. The family went to Moab when Blaine was 6 and while setting up camp Blaine had managed to climb quite a ways up a very large tree. The next thing you know there was a loud crash and Blaine had landed spread-eagled and sprawled out, in a box of food. He didn't get hurt but let's just say the bread was not so fortunate.

Whether he was falling off his bike, getting x-rays, or having stitches removed it never fazed him. Blaine was fearless. He always wanted to experience more of what life had to offer.

As Blaine matured, his appetite for adventure evolved but was never tempered. Whatever caught his attention captured him completely; whether it was his lifelong passion for flight or his fascination with cars and trucks, computers, aquariums, or firearms….he devoted himself completely and attained a level of mastery that many of us can only aspire to achieve.

Blaine's love affair with flying began at age 22. He started with a Private Pilot's license, then he obtained an Instrument Rating, followed by his Commercial Pilot's license. He once told Dad “If I'm going to be a pilot then I need to be at the airport.” So he worked the ramp at Millionaire, a small charter in Salt Lake, and his job was fueling, cleaning, and stocking the aircraft. He did whatever he needed to achieve his goals and literally started at the bottom. He worked every day and never turned down an opportunity to advance his goals. His drive was equally matched by Tammy's unconditional love and support which ensured that Blaine was able to achieve his dreams. At the same time he accumulated hours by flying morning traffic for local radio stations and working as a flight instructor. By 23 he had earned his way into the right seat of a Lear Jet 25 and flew freight and overflow for FedEx. As the company grew he began to fly charter passenger flights all over the Western US and Canada. He became Captain and moved to the left seat within a few years. This is literally how his career got off the ground. Ultimately he went on to become a pilot for Southwest where he worked for the last 10 years.

For Blaine the pursuit of excellence was a prerequisite to a life well-lived. That was always clearly expressed in everything he achieved.

There was another side of Blaine as well – he was our protector, our provider, and our best friend. One time Dad called on him to tell him some bad news regarding his career. Blaine always knew what to say and never failed to get right to the point. He simply said “Dad, you are my Rock” and with those 4 words Dad knew that everything was going to be okay…and it was.

As a son he made Mom and Dad very proud - not just for what he achieved - but for who he was. He had a big, big heart and was both kind and generous. Blaine never failed to give of himself completely. He made it a point to visit the house and spend time with his parents several times a week. They would talk for hours and hours, usually about politics, and often Dad would take the opposing view, no matter how ridiculous, just to keep things interesting. This went on for 16 years. About 2 weeks ago Blaine finally got wise and asked Dad “Do you just do this to stir things up?” and they all had a good laugh.

Blaine and Mom had a beautiful relationship. They shared an intellectualism and a curiosity of the natural world that fueled their conversations over the years. Blaine had a keen and brilliant mind and Mom never tired of the long talks or the connection they shared. Mom was proud of his professional achievements including the fact that Blaine landed his dream job at Southwest Airlines shortly after the tragic events of 9/11. She loved how handsome he looked in his uniform when he stopped by after coming off a trip. She was even more touched by Blaine's devotion as a father, husband, son, and brother, and the way in which he cared for everyone he knew. Mom especially enjoyed the time she spent with Blaine, Tammy, Taylor, and Connor in Lake Powell and always looked forward to their summer outings. We are all truly blessed to have spent the special time together creating wonderful memories.

As a brother, Blaine was an inspiration. From the time Chris was a little boy he admired his older brother – he taught Chris to accept nothing short of becoming the best person he could possibly be. The fact that Blaine was so passionate about life, so ambitious in his career, and so happy as a family man really helped Chris during troubled times. The gift that Blaine gave to his younger brother was the ability to believe in himself. They enjoyed many good times together both as children and adults: Trips to Lake Powell, Jet Skiing, Shooting Guns in the Desert, and one failed attempt at 18 holes of golf. Despite their physical distance from one another, the 2 brothers developed a close relationship in the last several years and chatted almost daily via email, pictures, and texts. Above everything Chris would like to express his gratitude for his brother and the positive influence that Blaine had on him over the years, a loyal friend & brother always.

Among his many achievements in life his highest calling was as husband to Tammy and father to Taylor and Connor. It was always Tammy who helped Blaine's light shine so bright as she supported him in both work and play. It was no secret the smartest thing Blaine ever did was ask Tammy to marry him. After 28 years together he was even more enamored with her then the day they met. He frequently expressed his love and gratitude for their union and that he knew without a doubt he was fortunate to spend his life with his true soul mate. Taylor and Connor were the center of his Universe and Blaine swelled with pride with each of their numerous accomplishments. Like their father, they excel at everything they do. Blaine took special care to be an attentive and loving father in spite of his time away from the family. He was a man of tremendous character and Blaine understood the moral obligation to instill similar values in his sons - It was imperative to Blaine that his boys were a reflection of his own integrity, compassion, and humor. He loved Taylor and Connor with all his heart and consciously held himself to the highest standards to honor his love of family.

Blaine's charm and charismatic influence was not limited to his immediate family. Some will say he was one of the funniest people you will ever meet. You had to know him before he would show this playful side, but his humor was undeniable. His laughter, his love, and his light have touched numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Neighbors, and Friends.

Blaine....father, son, husband, brother, and friend. You will be missed.

May you have clear skies and good tail winds…..luvpilot, you have been cleared for takeoff.

Craig Thornton

February 1, 2013

Blaine, my man. May you rest in peace my brother. Save me a spot at the Airport in Heaven so we can do it again!
Your friend for eternity, Craig Thornton

January 31, 2013

Blaine, my man!!! I know your up there looking down on me today, laughing, just like you did on all those trips we flew together. Dude, I am going to miss you big time! Save me a space at the airport in heaven, we'll do flyby's together with the clacker hummin! Rest in Peace Brother. Craig Thornton

January 29, 2013

Susie-Mac, my sister in heart and soul. I know it's hard for u to believe but I don't know what to say.. I love u so much and always will. Please give my love to Mike, Chris, Tammy and the boys and know that my heart is with u always. If there is anything I can do here, please let me know and hopefully I will see u next month. We love you and Mike,
Debbie and Dennis ~ Sandy

Emil Iversen

January 28, 2013

Fly safe

Mark Malloy

January 27, 2013

Even though i have never met you, i can't thank you enough for what you have done in this world

Xel AI

January 27, 2013

Fly forever in the sky and rest in the clouds

Jakub Mikolasek

January 27, 2013

May your blade's never dull, may your fuel's never run out, and everytime you can keep on you way... even if it's a heaven's one..

Jonathan Eckert

January 27, 2013

fly on