Michael LaVar Haws 72 passed away after a sudden illness, Wednesday February 12, 2020. He was born March 17, 1947 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Theo and Norma Haws. He was the oldest of four children. He grew up in Springville, Utah and graduated from Springville High School. After high school he moved to Black Diamond, WA and started working for Boeing. In 1969 he joined the Army to pursue his interest in flying, which was one of his passions. After flight school he was deployed to Vietnam where he was a Warrant Officer Fixed Wing Aviator. After his tour and honorable discharge, he returned home for a brief time. But his love for flying and airplanes pulled him back to the Seattle area and employment with Boeing. He started in mockup because of his excellent craftsman skills. He became a machinist and tool maker. He was a great asset because he was a creative problem solver and thought out of the box. He became a supervisor and taught classes there. He also worked for the Boeing Outreach Program, which is a community charity working with disabled scouts on eagle projects. He also organized a Christmas toy drive. He enjoyed and loved helping his community. He retired from Boeing, just shy of 50 years.
He married the love of his life Cathy Guttery June 3, 1978 in Hobrook, AZ. They are the proud parents of five children. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One of his favorite activities for his church was cooking the Fourth of July breakfast for all his ward members.
He is survived by his best friend and eternal companion Cathy, children Julienne Andersen, Trevor (Carly), Rachel (Casey), Dallas, and Tucker (Brad). He is also survived by his three sisters, Deanne Haws, GayLynn (Steve) Turner, Dena (Dave) Howard. Two grandsons Ezekiel, George and granddaughter Gracie who he loved dearly. We want to give a special thanks to Esmond, Helping Hands, and all the compassionate nurses and doctors. Celebration of his life will be held Tuesday February 25, 2020 at 10:00am, 19909 SE Wax Rd. Maple Valley, WA. A viewing will be held an hour prior from 9:00-9:45am. Interment with military honors in Tahoma National Cemetery.
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