Thomas Michael Jahn
June 10, 1947 – June 5, 2019
Thomas Michael “Mike” Jahn
On Wednesday, June 5, 2019, our world traveler completed his final journey. Mike fought a good fight but ultimately lost his short battle with cancer. Born on June 10, 1947, to Alvin and Zula (Bruce) Jahn, in Guthrie, OK, Mike began his journey and love for adventure. As the son of a United States Air Force Major, he lived in several states throughout his lifetime.
Mike truly lived his journey. He graduated from Carl Albert High School in Midwest City, OK. While in high school, he was a state wrestling champion and earned a college scholarship to Arizona State University.
Mike was enrolled in the ROTC program while in college. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Biological Sciences from Arizona State University, he enrolled in the US Army where he was commissioned as a lieutenant. After completing Officer’s Basic, Airborne, and Ranger schools, Mike was assigned to Europe. He was initially a Platoon Leader of an over 70 man Military Police Platoon at Division Headquarters, and was later assigned Commander of a 300 man Military Police Company responsible for covering six cities. He was then re-assigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma and was promoted to Captain and detailed as Military Police Operations Officer. Later, he was assigned as the Military Police Station Commander.
Mike was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1975, having earned the rank of Captain and being awarded the Army Commendation Medal twice, to begin his career in law enforcement. Mike earned his Associate in Arts degree in Administration of Justice from Phoenix College, and his Master of Science degree in Police Administration from Northern Arizona University. Additionally, he graduated from the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
He began his law enforcement career in Phoenix, Arizona in 1976, where Mike served the City of Phoenix Police Department, he worked his way through the ranks from Patrol Officer to Commander. In 1996, he accepted the position of Chief in his hometown of Midwest City, Oklahoma. He served as Chief of Police until 1999, when he relocated to Sunrise, Florida as a Police Major from 1999-2002. While working, Mike also taught many law enforcement classes at colleges and universities in Arizona, and at the Oklahoma Regional Community Policing Institute.
After retirement from Law Enforcement, Mike became a TSA agent at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a position he held for 9 years.
Mike was driven to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and until his sudden illness in February, he walked at least 20,000 steps a day. Many of those steps were taken with his beloved Miniature Pinscher, Obi, by his side. Mike shared his knowledge and passion for healthy living and living an active lifestyle as a personal trainer, working with many clients through the years.
Throughout his adult life, Mike enjoyed many adventures traveling around the world and his passport stamps prove it. He dove at the opportunity to SCUBA in the Great Barrier Reef and numerous other locations, flew down many ski hills, and most recently, discovered a passion for cruising. Sadly, Mike left several new travel adventures incomplete in 2019 due to his illness.
A kind and gentle soul; a man who called a spade, a spade; a ruthless card player; and wine connoisseur, Mike will be greatly missed. Left to cherish his memories, share stories and a few laughs, and carry on the tradition of the family game ,of Royal Rummy are his nephew, Steven (Michelle) Bahr, Ringle, WI; nieces, Karin Coolidge, Bradenton, FL; and Julie (Scott) Mathews, CIncinnati, OH. He is also survived by great-nephews Ryan and Greg (Candace); great-nieces Megan (Jim), Maggie (Patrick), and Cassie (Ryan); great-great-nephews AJ, Bryce, Carter, Jordan; great-great-niece Madelyn and step great-great nephew Desmond; and a special high school friend, George “GB” Caldwell (Kari), Tulsa, OK.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Zula Jahn; brother, David Fisher; and sister, Annette Jahn.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to GB Caldwell, Mike’s doctors and nurses for their compassion and care.
- Visitation Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Graveside Service Monday, June 10, 2019
Thomas Michael Jahn
June 20, 2019
Mike was my sergeant in patrol at thePhoenix Police Department . He always treated us and the public with respect. I tecall he would eat David and sons sunflower seeds constantly, he lived those things. Mike promoted quick and I lost contact with him . Late one Friday I was called to check on an elderly woman . Her apartment was dark , mike showed up and told me to go in and check for this woman I told him to go with me because I was scared of the dark . Mike accompanied me and we discovered she had passed. So I ask Gods angels to walk with mike on his journey to heaven like he walked with me when I was scared. Rest In Peace my friend.
June 20, 2019
I am very sorry to hear of your passing. You were a good officer, I remember you wrote a lot of search warrants when we were on 44 shift 3 working 24 st and Broadway with Sgt Tunney.
You were a good commander always fair.
Lil Ronnie Snodgrass
June 14, 2019
What an incredible man I have just met after reading what was written about “Mike”. Who knew? At the Phx. PD Mike was looked on by many as a little odd. He was kind, gentle, quiet and small compared to me. He was not the kind of person who usually becomes a police officer. After reading about his life today it brought me to tears. Why! Why do we have to wait until our friends and co-workers die to get to know them? How sad. Honestly, and I say this with all humility, I would have held him in much higher regard if I had only known. Shame on me. We are “always” to quick to “judge” others and then placing a label on them which is not easily removed. So in writing this memory, I honor a man who was so special and alive in so many ways as I pray for forgiveness for the way I looked at this incredible man who I never really knew until today.
My prayers for all his family and friends as they grieve and mourn his passing.
I hope to see you in Paradise my brother. Amen, amen, amen.
June 14, 2019
Mikie, my good buddy, roommate and confidant when times got rough. The years that you were kind enough to offer me a roof over my head during Divorce #1 (yes, there were more . . ) made quite a difference to me! And your house was never cleaner!!!
We've skiied the world together many times and enjoyed quite a few bottles of wine with great music. Many of those songs I still hear and I remember exactly where and when I first heard them at your place. I even have a collection of Mikie's Music! The trips to Vegas in the Porsche for the Police Olympics are memorable (and that was on the old road!)
I've never had a better friend or known a better police professional during my career. I enjoyed our recent phone conversation and was looking forward to more but God has called you home so Rest in Peace and watch over the rest of us until we can join you! Blessings!!! Dave
June 13, 2019
Thank you for your military service to our country and for your law enforcement service to the citizens of Phoenix. It was a pleasure to work with you. May God bless your soul and bring peace and comfort to your family and friends.
June 10, 2019
Tonight we lit candles and raised a glass to our Uncle Mike in the UK as we couldn't get out to Oklahoma so quickly but will be visiting in the next few months to say our own goodbyes xx
June 8, 2019
The police family is a truly international network, and this memory reaches out from a retired London Chief Inspector to you, a retired US police officer.
Mike, you have been an integral part of our family for 25 years. Ever since we met at a conference in Phoenix AZ, and we invited you to be Godfather to our younger daughter Lauren, you have been the fifth member of our family. We have embraced you into our lives, and you have reciprocated and allowed us to be a central part of your life in Arizona, Oklahoma and more latterly Florida.
Countless memories of shared experiences on both sides of The Pond. Unique experiences for my family with your neighbours and friends in Sunrise. Welcoming arms for you from our neighbours and friends in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, England. The Back family footprint in Sunrise is as wide as the Uncle Mike footprint in our home town.
You have watched our beautiful daughters grow from young children into the wonderful adult women they are today, enriched by the experience of sharing their lives with you, guided and allowed to grow with your help and support.
Mike, many tears have been shed this week. You ARE part of our family, and we are proud to know you as our friend.
You will always be part of us.
Your very English family
Howard, Jackie, Gemma and Lauren
June 8, 2019
My godfather Uncle Mike, your English family are heartbroken you have been taken from us so soon, you meant so much to us and to never hear your voice again hurts, we thank you for all yhe opportunities you gave us and the amazing memories in my American states, a best friend to my dad also. You will never be forgotten, gutted we couldnt make your memorial and will be out soon to say our own goodbyes. Love you, your English family, The Back's xx