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Michael George O'Dair Jr.

Michael George O’Dair Jr., age 42, passed away 12 February 2019. He currently resided in Highlands Ranch, CO where he had purchased and enjoyed making his home for the past 10 years.

Michael was born 23 May 1976 to Michael George O’Dair Sr. and Amy Jo (Steele) O’Dair in Colorado Springs, CO. He grew up in the same house in Monument since his fourth birthday. He graduated from Lewis-Palmer High School, where he made many life- long friends from his childhood.

After graduation, Michael attended the Air Force Academy and the University of Colorado majoring in Meteorology. Mike received his Air Force commission as a 2nd Lieutenant and was rewarded a pilot training spot. After being a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, he was asked to fly for our government before deciding to return to Denver and accept a pilot’s position with the airlines.

Mike enjoyed the game of golf and grew up playing since a young age, progressing to being on the high school team. At the age of nine, Mike began his true love of Martial Arts. Over the years, he would rise to black belt and be given captain positions on many teams. It was 1997 when Michael would make the pre-Olympic trials for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Although tempting to go further in that endeavor, Michael stayed with his desire to go into the Air Force and be a pilot.

Michael Jr. is survived by his mother, Amy Jo O’Dair; his sisters, Shannon Melcher, and Kimberlee Gresham (husband, James Gresham); and his niece, Cora June Gresham. He was preceded in death by his father, Michael O’Dair Sr.

A private family service is being held at Shrine of Remembrance. Burial will take place in Fort Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area B, 3698 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80235, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019.

“We are so very appreciative of the kind and loving care of Woodmen Valley Chapel and Shrine of Remembrance. No words can come close in describing the gratitude we feel.”

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  1. My sympathies are with Amy, Shannon and Kim who lost their beloved Mike. Words cannot express the admiration, strength and courage shown by Mikee throughout this journey. He was an admirable young man who was loved by all who knew him. Rest in peace dear Mikee.💕
    Cathy Bailey

  2. May the promise found at Isaiah 25:8 bring some comfort in the death of Michael George O’Dair Jr. “He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces.” Just imagine, no more pain and grief due to the death of a love one! By means of the Kingdom that Jesus Christ taught us to pray for at Matthew 6:9,10; God is going to remove sickness, old age and death from the human family. God’s original purpose for the earth being a paradise will be realized.

  3. Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear loved one and send you my sincere condolences. May you find comfort from God’s word at Revelation 21:3,4 and John 5:28,29. Heartfelt prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  4. I was heartbroken to hear about the death of Mike. He and I went to Lewis-Palmer High School together, a few years apart. I admired him so much when he received his appointment to the US Air Force Academy. He was a good person, with a big smile, a kind heart, and a strong family. My condolences go out to you to Amy, Shannon, and Kimmy.

  5. I flew with Mike at Frontier for many years. He was amazing person, with the kindest heart. I truly loved flying with him and seeing him at work. I was flying with Mike the day I learned my dog would have to be put down, he offered me such genuine comfort and sympathy. It left such an impression on my heart that I have never forgotten. I am so sad to hear of his passing and offer his family my deepest sympathy and condolences. Prayers to you all, I know a guy as great as Mike with be deeply missed. Rest easy my friend.

  6. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mike was always the nicest kid and I was so excited when he joined the Air Force and became a pilot. Too young to go a real loss for our community .

  7. My heart is breaking with this loss of Mike. I knew him as one of the sweetest kids at Lewis-Palmer. I’m so glad he was able to follow his dream as a pilot. That darling face and those sweet big eyes is my memory of him always. Prayers for the family. You are in my heart forever “Mikee.”

  8. I’m so sad to read the O’Dair name in the obits. Amy, Shannon, and Kim my thoughts and
    prayers are with you during this time. I have such neat memories of you ladies and am
    sorry you have to experience this.

  9. Dearest Amy, Shannon and Kim,
    Mary and I are so sad to hear of Mike’s passing. You all are in our hearts with the great losses you have endured these past 2 years.
    Mike was a wonderful person with a great smile and personality. He was such a positive influence making Lp music a beautiful experience for many students. Such a kind soul will always be remembered. Love to you all, Craig

  10. My condolences to your family. Although it has been many years since our time at LP, I have always thought fondly of Mike. What a wonderful man he was. May the Lord comfort you in this difficult season.

  11. Amy and Shannon,
    May the Peace of the Lord be with you. Our deepest sympathies to you in the loss of Mike.

    Pat and Gary Atkins

  12. Mikee! We ’94 LP grads grew up together. We will mourn him and remember him. Mike was the epitome of a gentleman. “Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” To the O’Dairs, may God bring you peace. My deepest sympathy!

  13. Dear O’Dair family. Wow! 🙁 I have attempted to re-connect with Mike(e) over the past few years through Linkedin but to no avail (hoping to catch up with him if on a layover in DC). This is a shock. I knew Mike(e) was up there flying and doing what he (and I) wanted to do since we were little boys. We always had a friendly/loving competition between us (whether it was collecting GI Joe, ERTL airplanes, sports, cub scouts, or school but never girls surprisingly) while also pushing/ encouraging each other to get there (USAFA/ flying in the skies above us). I have MANY memories together with Mike(e). BTW O’Dair family, I still have with me today, the plate Mike(e) made for me back in pre-Kimberly 1986 (it has a United Airlines 707 on it). It is a keep-sake memory of a dear childhood friend and the dreams shared between us and a life lived out by Mike. RIP Mike, keep flying. Love you O’Dair family and what a loss. Charlie (Chewlu)

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