James Michael 'Mike' Laurendeau
James Michael 'Mike' Laurendeau, 52, passed away on July 11, 2005 in Arizona. Mike was born into a military family at Perrin AFB in Texas on May 6, 1953. He and his family relocated to Germany, where his father was stationed. Mike attended General H. H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany and was a dormie in his Senior year, 1971. A friend of Mike's mentioned he was in class of 1972, a fairly common occurance among military dependents who moved often. Mike enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1972, serving in Vietnam, and enlisted again in 1981. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Paul Louis Laurendeau and is survived by his brother, Dana Lee Laurendeau and other family members. Mike is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery at Arizona.

A memorial is planned from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday July 23rd, 2005 at Tivoli Gardens Restaurant 14635 N. Del Webb Blvd. Sun City, Az. 85351. Contibutions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Humane Society. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Advantage Maryvale Mortuary.

Notice originally published in The Arizona Republic on July 20, 2005 and updated by the WHS Alumni Association.

Map to Mike's Resting Place at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Jul. 20, 2005.
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August 17, 2005
Mike, You were like an uncle to me, You and becky have watched me grow since I was a baby, I will miss you coming over to drink a beer or two with my dad on the weekends. Becky and kevin are strong, they will be ok, especially with you in their hearts. We all love you, and you will be missed dearly!
Shauna Murphy
August 15, 2005
I am so sorry about you loss.
Jennifer Murphy
August 14, 2005
I'm so sorry for your loss. It's been along time since we've seen each other, in fact it was at Paul's wedding and a few years before that. I'm glad Linda and Frank had you all for friends. You will be in everyone's thoughts.
Cindy Adams
August 14, 2005
Mike you blessed our lives with a loyal friendship for over 20 years. We will carry you in our hearts for over 20 more. Holidays will seem a bit empty without you. We have watched our children grow up together, marry and have children of their own. Mike, Becky and Kevin you will always be family in our hearts.
Linda Murphy
July 29, 2005
Dear Becky,
Monte just called to tell me about Mike. I am so sorry. One of the things that impressed me about Mike was the great love he had for you and his family. You were his rock.
Sincerely, Marie Miller(Bosch)
marie miller
July 28, 2005

Most of the glowing comments we get about our house are only because of the amazing work you did for us. There is hardly a part of our house that wasn't enhanced by your skilled and hard working hands. Even digging sprinkler trenches and laying sod in our backyard during in the hot Phoenix afternoon, you never complained once and even seemed to love it. Your devotion to your work was greatly appreciated and the results still have an impact on us every single day. Thank you!!!
Brian Berg
July 25, 2005
My sister and I loved your work as our handyman. You worked hard and your prices were always more than fair. You always had some interesting piece of trivia and always seemed to be a cheery guy. Very sorry to hear you're gone. Blessings and peace to those you leave behind.
Sharon Casino
July 21, 2005
Our sympathy goes out to your family and loved ones - Spanish Gardens Condominium Association North.
Carla Darby
July 21, 2005
You were a good kind man and we will miss you alot. God bless.
David Mayhall
July 21, 2005
You were like a brother to me and I will never be able to forget you for your kindness and wisdom. Don't worry, I'll take care of Becky until she joins you. May you find peace in Heaven.
Dr. Russ Gazda
Russ Gazda
July 20, 2005

I don't recall you ever sending me an email. How strange I am sending you one this way.
But, Becky would occasionally send me one. I think she wanted to frighten me sometimes.
Thanks to you both. You have been my steadfast friends for 22 years. How sad that I write this now, here. How cheated everyone who loved you feels.
Mike, remember the day on the lake we spent fishing with my father. I had to trick you to get you up there in the mountains. You thought we were going to work the entire weekend at dad's cabin. But you couldn't refuse my father when he told you "YOU and I" were going fishing.
Whenever I brought that day up in the last 2 decades, you would remember in perfect clarity, some specific detail from that trip. I would have these fond memmories of trolling for trout with 'cowbell and worm.' While you recalled dad making us clean HIS boat.
And when we went fishing with Frank and his co-workers to Mexico. We got so seasick that we passed out and the other folks on the boat took unflattering photos of us.
All that goes through my mind now is, we needed more fishing trips.
Hoping you can relax now. I like to think your hip deep now in some cool, majestic trout stream, trying out your latest fly. I'm just downstream, buddy. So, save me a good spot nearby and flash me that confident smile when I see it. No words necessary,
Timothy Morrison
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