OBITUARY

Michael E. Mauldwin

October 14, 1942June 9, 2021

Michael Edward Mauldwin, 78, of Wichita Falls, Texas went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2021 in Canon City, Colorado following a motorcycle accident.

He is the cherished husband of Doris (Willoughby) Mauldwin and his two sons Michael and David. Mike was born on October 14, 1942 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of Pauline Mozelle (Byars-Mauldwin) Deese and Silas Vernie Mauldwin.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, of 59 years, his son, Michael and his wife, Tania Mauldwin of Wichita Falls and his son, David and his wife, Vicky Mauldwin of Iowa Park, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many many friends.

Mike joined the Air Force his senior year while attending Garinger High School in Charlotte on June 18, 1960. He was stationed in France, Germany, Korea, Thailand, and served in Vietnam from 1968-1969. His final assignment was as the Air Cargo Course Supervisor at Sheppard AFB, where he retired on July 1, 1980 following 20 years of active duty service.

He then served an additional 23 years as the Chief of Training Evaluations at Sheppard before retiring a second time as a GS 13 on October 22, 2008.

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree and two associate degrees and graduated from numerous military schools. He was also an Extra Class HAM operator.

He loved flying and was a certified Insturment Flight Instructor at Kickapoo Airport. He also had his Commercial license. Mike enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson and was with his son on their annual vacation ride of 11 days heading to SD when the accident occurred.

Mike was a member of the Texoma Cowboy Church since 2009 and was an active member of the church's Safety Team.

His first love was his family. His favorite enjoyment was riding his Harley-Davidson and spending time with his sons. He was a loving and supportive husband and father, and a man of absolute principle and integrity.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10 A.M. at the Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home, located at 1917 Archer City Hwy, Wichita Falls, TX.

Memorial donations may be made in Mike’s memory to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank. Online condolences can be made at Hamptonvaughancrestview.com.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Mark Huehns

June 17, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Doris and family on their loss. I first met Mike when I was loaned out to his section at Sheppard AFB in 1994. After working for Mike for only a short time, I knew this was a man of integrity and service to others. For the next 8 years he was a mentor and friend. He gave me the opportunity to work in an IT department for the first time which shaped my career path after my retirement from the Air Force. I am a better person today because of Mike and the things he taught me.

Christopher Tracy

June 17, 2021

Thirty four years ago, I was just an Airman that showed up at the Sheppard AFB Aero Club to learn to fly. I was met by Mike in the office and he was very passionate and knowledgeable about flying. We hit it off so I signed up to fly with him immediately. He taught me tons about flying and instilled the need for safety in everything we do in the air. I have taken those principles and used those throughout my flying career. He taught me about life too. I remember, he would always make time for his wife, Doris. He called them “No Fly Days.” He was my MENTOR and a good FRIEND. His legacy will live on and he will always have a special place in my heart.
Chris Tracy (SPS)
United Airlines
787 Instructor Pilot

Brad Mills

June 16, 2021

I’ll never forget the first phone conversation I ever had with Mike. He was too busy to talk, trying to find the right tire for his lawn mower. He needed to call me back. (Ie. No time for chit chat when you’re seeking the best deal on an already likely cheap tire). Mike knew the best deal when he found one, even if he wasted time to find it!

As for me, I was a young (and naive) guy seeking flight instruction. The unique thing was, I was also a new partner in HIS airplane. Boy, did I ever underestimate what I was getting myself into.

Mike not only taught me to fly, he taught me that a clean airplane was a happy airplane. He also taught me that fuel left on the truck, and runway left behind, were a pilot’s worst enemy. Thanks to him, I became a safe pilot and became “like a son” to one of the most meticulous people I’ve ever met in my life. I now understand how to properly approach flying, in a no-nonsense kind of way. Also, I know how to take care of an airplane, just the way he would, too.

Mike, I’ll never forget you. I’ll never forget you beating me up in the air (so far as to sometimes making me want to quit learning to fly) to building me right back up on the ground, as if I was the best student you’d ever seen... All in the name of becoming an excellent pilot.

I am so glad we flew together just two weeks ago. You were so excited about your upcoming motorcycle trip with your son. You were also already talking up our next flight together. Frankly, I was looking forward to it as well. I’m also glad we shared lunch at El Chico, just a Saturdays ago. Thanks for buying it. Looking back, I’d never dreamed it would be our last meal together.

I never met your wife, Doris, but I know she was the apple of your eye. You simply adored her.

Mike, I will miss you my friend. You were like an extra dad to me as well. I shall see you on the other side. Save a place in heaven for me. As you often signed off in our emails…

“Tailwinds,”
-Brad

Terry Kreider

June 16, 2021

I was much younger when Mike joined the service, but I always remember when he would come home to visit the family. I always thought he was so funny and kind and Aunt Mozzell was so proud of him, she talked about him all the time.

My thoughts and prayers are with Doris and his family now.

Robert Frischer

June 15, 2021

I was one of Mike's flying students and we had many good times flying together. I don't know of anyone that was a better teacher and he was extremely organized, computer knowledgeable, intelligent and affable.
I literally trusted my life with him without question. Although I stopped flying some years ago we continued to share Christmas cards and conversation. I will miss him tremendously.
Rest in peace my friend.
Robert Frischer, MD

Kim Dunn

June 15, 2021

My name is Kim Dunn and God brought Mr. Mike and I together on June 9th for a beautiful reminder for me. I'm to cherish each moment in life no matter how big or how small. And to ALWAYS live for the good times; they're there you just have to look maybe a little harder but they're there. NEVER give up! Always strive for your BEST!
Make the best out of a bad situation to help others and yourself get through it with God's help.
Mr. Mike and I spoke but a few words but when he did it was very meaningful and I will cherish those words. He told me he was going to be praying for me because of the cancer and my family; I told him thank you very much. And I also got a hug from him after telling him I was the hugger in my family to which he said well my wife is in ours. Boy does he give the best hugs!! I asked if these two would mind taking a photo with a crazy old woman who was fulfilling her bucket list and they told me it would be their please. They positioned their Harleys in such a fashion that my "Harley" as Mike called it was front and center. It was crazy, funny and just plain awesome because this ol gal grew up with motorcycles as a kid and as I grew older even. I was just beaming I suppose you could say. Thank you Mr. Mike for making this old gals dreams come true once more. Ever the true gentlemen! I fell in love with this sweet darling man❤.

Arlette Amy

June 14, 2021

I was very fortunate to have Mr Mauldwin in my life for over 15 years. He treated me like a daughter. I respected and loved him very much.

Gary and Jean Ann Fortner

June 13, 2021

My Wife and I had the priviledge of meeting Mike, when he was My Stepsons instructor at Kickapoo Airport. We found him to be a extremely likeable, interesting and knowledgeable man. He had a sincere and deep desire to see to it that our Son got the instruction he needed to become the Pilot he dreamed of becoming. Because of Mike and others like him, Justin is now a Commercial Pilot. Thank you, Mike for sharing your knowledge, and for being a Friend to our Family. Our deepest condolences to Mike's Family!

Michael Mauldwin

June 12, 2021

I was fortunate enough to have you as a father and honored to be able to call you my Dad and my best friend. We often laughed at how easily we could complete each other's sentences like an old married couple.

I will always treasure the past few years that we were able to spend together. They shall remain my fondest memories. I am sorry that I was unable to bring you back a second time, but God is much stronger than I, and he had other plans.

Mom will never want for anything. I've got a firm handle on everything, just like we discussed. No worries Sir.

I love and miss you and will live the remainder of my life as a tribute to you. Thank you for the examples you set, the love and understanding you shared, the lessons you taught, and the memories I will forever have within me. We will have a lot to catch up on when I see you next.

I miss my best friend. I love you Dad.

Michael and Tania

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Biography

Michael Edward Mauldwin, 78, of Wichita Falls, Texas went to be with the Lord on June 9, 2021 in Canon City, Colorado following a motorcycle accident.

He is the cherished husband of Doris (Willoughby) Mauldwin and his two sons Michael and David. Mike was born on October 14, 1942 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of Pauline Mozelle (Byars-Mauldwin) Deese and Silas Vernie Mauldwin.

He is survived by his wife, Doris, of 59 years, his son, Michael and his wife, Tania Mauldwin of Wichita Falls and his son David and his wife Vicky Mauldwin of Iowa Park, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many many friends.

Mike joined the Air Force his senior year while attending Garinger High School in Charlotte on June 18, 1960. He was stationed in France, Germany, Korea, Thailand, and served in Vietnam from 1968-1969. His final assignment was as the Air Cargo Course Supervisor at Sheppard AFB, where he retired on July 1, 1980 following 20 years of active duty service.

He then served an additional 23 years as the Chief of Training Evaluations at Sheppard before retiring a second time as a GS 13 on October 22, 2008.

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree and two associate degrees and graduated from numerous military schools. He was also an Extra Class HAM operator.

He loved flying and was a certified Insturment Flight Instructor at Kickapoo Airport. He also had his Commercial license. Mike enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson and was with his son on their annual vacation ride of 11 days heading to SD when the accident occurred.

Mike was a member of the Texoma Cowboy Church since 2009 and was an active member of the church's Safety Team.

His first love was his family. His favorite enjoyment was riding his Harley-Davidson and spending time with his sons. He was a loving and supportive husband and father, and a man of absolute principle and integrity.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at 10 A.M. at the Hampton Vaughan Crestview Funeral Home, located at 1917 Archer City Hwy, Wichita Falls, TX.

Memorial donations may be made in Mike’s memory to the Wichita Falls Area Food Bank.
Online condolences can be made at Hampton Vaughan Crestview website at dignitymemorial.com.