Michael John May

June 20, 1949 ~ February 10, 2021 (age 71)

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Michael John May, 71, of Glendale, Arizona, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021, after a long battle with liver disease. Mike was born on June 20, 1949, in Toledo, Ohio, to Ronald J. and Lillian H. (Lanning) May. He graduated from Macomber Vocational High School and attended the University of Toledo. On July 11, 1970, he married Deborah Dobes. Together they raised two sons, Zac and Andrew.

Mike was involved with computers as they were evolving in the 1970's. He worked with several companies designing data systems, writing code and keeping up with the latest technology. His talents were recognized as he ultimately was hired by Honeywell. He worked for Honeywell in Clearwater Florida, Freeport, Illinois and finally Phoenix, Arizona. He advanced at Honeywell and ultimately was the leader of a team charged with implementing a new manufacturing/accounting data system at several worldwide Honeywell facilities.

Mike played baseball in elementary school, was on the bowling team in high school and was in bowling leagues for years while in the Toledo area. He was a "car guy" He successfully raced his 1969 Z-28 Camaro at local drag strips in the Ohio/Michigan area. He attended the Bob Bondurant driving school in Arizona and competed in weekend local sports car races. He was a long time NASCAR season pass holder at Phoenix International Raceway. He was a hockey fan and was deeply involved with Zac and Andrew in their junior hockey league experiences. Mike enjoyed sailing and had sailboats in Ohio and Arizona.

Mike was a hardworking, loving and dedicated husband, father and grandfather. He was a friend to everyone he met and will be missed by all.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving are his wife, Deborah; sons, Zac and Andrew; granddaughters, Vivian and Zoey; brother, Ronald (Marian) May; sister, Linda (Jack) Swartz; brother-in-law, Mark (Gillian) Dobes; uncle, Hiram (Beverly) Lanning and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, no public services are planned.

The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to: Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014 ( or The Mayo Clinic, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905. (

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