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Mike Hodges

October 8, 1952August 3, 2018
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David Michael “Mike” Hodges – Age 65 Mike was born on October 8, 1952 in Palatka Florida to David and Myrthel Hodges. Mike graduated from Palatka High School in 1970 he then attended St. Johns River Jr. College. Following in his Father’s footsteps, he graduated from the University of Florida in 1975 with a B.A. in business. Mike was an avid lifelong Gator Fan. Mike enjoyed a wonderful childhood in Palatka. He worked his way through Boy Scouts and achieved the highest honor of being named an Eagle Scout. He absolutely loved the outdoors! He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and swimming. He was a young surfer and rode many a wave at Crescent Beach, enjoying long beach drives and sunsets. Mike met the love of his life, Linda Harrison, in 1969. They fell in love and married in 1975. They have been married for 44 years. Mike’s greatest love has been raising his family, providing and protecting them and watching his grandchildren grow. He has two wonderful children Robin (Talent Manager for Honor Health) and Scott (Phoenix Firefighter) that blessed them with four adorable grandchildren whom Mike cherished and loved with all his heart. Mike and Linda moved from Florida to Scottsdale in 1989 and began working for Bingo West. They established many lasting friendships. In 2008 they went to work with Cactus Bingo Supply where they continued to build on those great friendships. Mike liked being able to help people, he had the kindest heart. Bingo customers/friends meant so much to Mike; he enjoyed doing installation jobs, and repairing bingo equipment for all the bingo locations. He was the “Bingo Specialist”. He traveled throughout seven states during his 30 year bingo career and was able to develop lasting friendships with numerous accounts from Casino’s to Senior Centers. He truly enjoyed his work, the bingo staffs and his co-workers over the past years. Mike highly honors God and Country and was a military and history buff. Mike had to start dialysis in September of 2016. He had been approved and was currently waiting for a kidney transplant. Mike was survived by his wife, Linda Harrison Hodges, his daughter Robin Ersland (Adam) Phoenix, AZ, Son Scott Hodges (Coleen), Anthem, AZ, Grandchildren Luke and Sydney Ersland, Bria and Declan Hodges. Mother Myrthel Hodges, Palatka, FL, Sister’s Cathy Campbell (Harvey) and Patti Brown (Kevin) Brother Jeff Hodges (Chris), Loving In laws, nieces and nephews and longtime friends. He will be cherished and remembered forever by all of us. We all love our “POPS”. Celebration of Life services will be Friday August 10th, at 10:00 A.M. at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027. Memories and condolences can also be posted online at www.ShadowMountainMortuary.com

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  • Memorial Service Friday, August 10, 2018
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Kelly Trinity

August 18, 2018

Dear Uncle Mike,
I am so grateful for all the love and adventurous times you have given me. I will never forget the over the top camping trip to the rim where we rode 4 wheelers from dawn to dark, rode trails to find herds of Elk, laughed around the campfire at your fun filled stories and of course climbing into the back of your famous white Chevy truck for a ride to the Grand Canyon. Uncle Mike you always made me feel so special. I knew that if I needed anything you would hop on a plane and be here as soon as you could. I love that my Kenzie has the same birthday as you. When we celebrate hers we will celebrate you too!!!! There is no one like you and I will miss you so very much. You will forever be in my heart and memories!
Love Kelly and Kenzie

Andrew Brown

August 17, 2018

Aunt Linda, Scott, and Robin,

I am so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all. I was sadly never able to spend as much time with Uncle Mike as my older siblings were, but I was able to know him for the amazing man he was none the less. Anytime I was with Uncle Mike, he just knew how to bring a smile to your face through his happy personality and huge heart. I remember nothing but joyful times when I was around him. Take comfort in knowing that he is in a much better place now, and will one day see the family he loved so much again.

Much love, Andrew

Brooke O'Shaughnessy

August 16, 2018

Uncle Mike,
I am so blessed to have been given the chance to be a part of your life. Growing up you became the patriarch of our family, and it became so natural for you. I don’t have any specific memories which stand out, but little moments. I will always remember how you would pull out last on our San Diego vacations to ensure everyone’s safety. How you would walk me out to my car no matter where we were just to make sure I knew where I was heading, and to be careful. You offered so much wisdom and encouragement for me, always pushing me to be honest and confident. When I got married you quietly offered advice, which I have always tried to revert back to, only hoping to one day have the love you and Aunt Linda shared. You accepted Colin as part of the family almost immediately, and I know he appreciated and admired you. You loved my children and they thought the world of you in return. A truly special man. I will always miss you and hold you close in my heart. Fly high Uncle Mike & Go Gators! (This is the only exception I will make for you 😉)
All my love,
Brooke.

Betty O'Shields

August 15, 2018

In loving memory of my beloved son-in-law. I could have searched the world over but would never have found one that would have loved, cared for and protected my daughter and grandchildren like Mike did. Mike and Linda were high school sweethearts and genuinely loved each other every moment of every day they had together. His heart overflowed with love when Robin and Scott came along. He was so very proud of them. To his grandchildren he was affectionately known as "POPS" and they were his world. To me and Linda's sister and brothers, he was our giant. Anytime there was any kind of need, the answer was always, "call Mike" for we knew he would be there. His tremendous love of family will be his legacy. Mike was very important in the lives of so many people- his co-workers, clients, customers and friends. He was one-of-a- kind and will be sorely missed.
I love you Mike,
Gran

Rick & Lori Ersland

August 15, 2018

We are so deeply saddened at the loss of Mike.

We got to know Mike as our son (Adam) married his daughter (Robin). We couldn’t have asked for a better Father in law and role model for Adam, Robin and our shared grandchildren!

We will miss seeing Mike at the sporting events of our grandchildren as he was always good for a story and a laugh.

Mike, you will sorely be missed but our memories live on!

Rick & Lori Ersland

Jack Williams

August 14, 2018

Linda and Family,

I was so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. All of you have been in my prayers as you go through this difficult time.

I have a lot of childhood memories of Mike. Living just a couple of blocks apart Mike, Taylor and I spent a lot of time together while growing up. I remember fun times playing a lot of sports together - football (using Jeff as our tackling dummy), baseball ( the lefty could bring it), basketball, camping out in each other’s backyard (the highlight being when Pattie knocked my front tooth out with a baseball bat while hitting the side of the tent). That cap lasted me 45 years.

There were a lot of fun times surfing the waves at Crescent Beach and riding around in Mike’s VW van.

The college roommate days at UF were also good times although they went by in a hurry.

Mike was a great person who always had a sheepish grin on his face, a witty sense of humor, quick comeback to a comment and always had a twinkle in his eye.

I will always cherish these memories.

I know you and your family will miss him terribly but you will always have the wonderful memories of Mike in your heart.

May God Bless each member of his family and provide He provide strength and comfort to each of you in the coming days.

Jack Williams

Mack Harrison

August 14, 2018

Mike,
I am so thankful to have had such an amazing brother, role model and friend in my life. I say brother instead of brother-in-law because that's who you were to me. You are truly the best man I have ever known and I feel that I am a better person having you as my role model in my life. I will never forget one of my earliest memories when Linda, Pam and myself were waiting on the front porch for you to arrive and take us to Disney World. We were so excited to see that green Gremlin pull up in the driveway. I also loved the time we all went camping and sailing on Peanut Island. Just a couple out of several great adventures you made happen for us.
Thank you for taking such good care of our family. It is one of the things you did best. You leave behind a legacy that we all strive to achieve. One of love, family, strength, adventure and passion for life.
I will miss you.
Love, Mack

Brian Bartlett

August 14, 2018

Hey Mike,
Just a note of thanks to a special human being.
The day we moved out here in AZ, in July, and the 1st time meeting you face to face, you made me feel so welcome. You made room in your home for the 2 of us, and our 4 dogs until our home was ready 10 days later, and you were always concerned about OUR comfort. I knew then, that the stories about this wonderful man were all so true. Even a couple years later, when I was in an accident, alone in Las Vegas for work, you called and asked if I needed you to come get me, you had that way of protecting your family, and made me feel so part of it. For this I will be forever grateful.
Thanks for your humorous ways, and your extensive knowledge. I will try to remember,
"what would Mike do ? " so that I can strive to be just a portion of the person you were, to so many.
Thanks for making me feel a part and being such a great person of influence in my life.
I will miss you, until we meet again.
PS: Please give Maggie, Keesha and Kadie a hug and scratch behind the ear.
Brian

PAM AND JAY COEN

August 14, 2018

WE LOVED ADVENTURES WITH MIKE LIKE CAMPING IN SAN DIEGO, TRAIN RIDES IN AZ, SKIING UP NORTH, AND ALL THE FAMILY TRIPS WE MADE TO CA. MIKE SHOWED US ALL THE BEST BURGER PLACES, WAYS TO USE THE BATHROOM USING YOUR CAR DOOR AS A SHIELD WHEN YOU MUST GO, HOW TO COOK BLACK EYED PEAS AND GREENS, HOW TO LAUGH, LOVE, AND ENJOY FAMILY ALWAYS! WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MIKE!

Adam Ersland

August 14, 2018

Mike,

Words can't fully express the sadness and loss that I feel not having you with us anymore. I could not have asked for a better father in law than you were to me. You were always there for support, knowledge, or anything that we needed. Luke and Sydney truly adored you and I thank you for all that you did for them and us as a family. I'm going to miss our long road trips each year to Texas and the great discussions we had (in between your naps of course). I enjoyed every time you came to our house on 4th of July or New Years Eve for our fireworks displays, even though you were a bit sketchy with your lighting tactics and nearly blew a hole in the side of the neighbors house with a bottle rocket (I know you'll always remember that!) You always brought the funny and lighter side to things, which really made it so much easier to get to know you and feel comfortable around you over the years. I hope you feel comfort knowing now how much I love Robin and that I'll do anything to take care of her and the rest of the family in your absence. I think it's important that your legacy continues forward, which is why I will strive every day to be as good of a husband, father, and brother as you were. I hope you're enjoying those cheeseburgers in paradise!

Love,

Adam, your forever son in law and friend.