Remembering Mike

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Remembering Mike

Mike Stom

1941-2012

Clear the Air has lost a leader and a wonderful spark of energy, and the world has lost a amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Mike have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor. Mike leaves behind a company that has been built around his tenacious drive to serve others. His spirit will forever be the foundation of Clear the Air.

Mike was born in 1941 and was raised in Buna (a little town in east Texas). He went on to serve in the United States Navy and came back home to work for one of the most respected Government Agencies, NASA. He was part of the Gemini, Apollo and the Shuttle program. A few of his proudest moments were helping get a man to the moon and the Apollo 13 mission when they helped return the crew back to earth safely.

Retiring from the space program in 1990 Mike went on to start up a service company continuing his desire to help others and serve the community. His sons and late daughter all worked in the business with him. Mike retired in 2006 from all work and his son Jason has continued on with his vision and is the President of Clear the Air.

Mike was a warm and gentle person. He was well known for just walking up and talking to any stranger and learning their life story. He was a great listener. Anyone who might have meet him would also have commented on what a wonderful sense of humor he had. He was always looking to make someone smile and laugh.

When someone at the office asked about a customer or mentioned the location of a customer, Mike would be able to instantly go back in his mind and tell us what was done their to fix the problem, what good people they were and what kind of equipment they had. He was able to go all the way back to 1991 and pull this out of his head. We all went to him for customer history instead of pulling it up in our computer database.

With all his achievements in his career and business, family was his greatest enjoyment in life. Married to his wife Sandra, they recently celebrated their 47th anniversary together. A proud dad of 3 children and 7 grand children. There was never a day he didn’t ask how his children were doing.

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
― Thomas Campbell

I love you dad.  I will miss you!

 

 

By |2018-11-30T15:20:24+00:00February 29th, 2012||5 Comments

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  1. Beth Stus 02/29/2012 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    Mike was a wonderful neighbor, always ready to help those of us on Coventry Court. We have fond memories of him.

  2. Tim & Erin Trout 03/01/2012 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    My wife & I awoke to read the news this morning only to discover the loss of Mike, he & his family have been in our families prayers sense he had become ill.

    One of my greatest memories of Mike will be his big heart his friendly caring approach to life.
    He was a good man who could be a father to many who shared his pure & honest approach to life “simply work hard and be honest with people”.

    Someone once said as they read 1941 – 2012 its not the birth date or the date in which they left us but the dash in between the two dates. Mike Stom’s dash was a long and beautiful one which will be remembered for a very long time.

    Will miss you greatly Mike and our prayers will continue towards the Stom Family in there support during this difficult time. May the Lord comfort you in your loss and give you strength to carry on as a family

  3. Crystal Rodriguez 03/01/2012 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    I have only worked here for several months. And in those months I have found myself apart of a wonderful working family. Mike was always so sweet and nice. Always making conversation with me. Made me feel welcome in a place I was so new to. I have no words. But what I do know, is that today is a very sad day for the Clear the Air Family. Mike will be greatly missed! One thing I will hold dear to my heart, are his stories of his grandchildren. He loved them dearly and I know they held a special place in his heart. The way he spoke of them, and his family, it was so nice to hear how he doted on everyone. My condolences to the whole Stom family. May you find comfort in knowing that Mike is in a better place looking down and protecting everyone.

  4. Andrew Thibodaux 03/01/2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    In the short but wonderful time I knew Mike, he proved to be one to
    respect, idolize, and love. His stories were always genuine and
    welcomed. Serving in the Marines and being close with naval personnel
    I have lost a brother in arms, but to Mike I say, SEMPER FIDELIS and
    GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.

  5. Janet Stubbs 03/01/2012 at 12:18 pm - Reply

    I just wanted to let you know how sad it made me when I heard about Mike. He was a wonderful man, and he will sincerely be missed. My heart hurts for all of you. I pray that you will have strength during this time of loss, and I hope you find comfort in knowing that there are others that care. Please let me know if there is any way that I can be of any help to you and your family.

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