Milton Laflen, 79, beloved husband, father, brother, friend, passed from this earth on June 12, 2017 following a brief battle with cancer. Milt was born in Long Beach, California to Milton L. and Josephine Laflen and grew up in Globe, Arizona, where his family owned the Globe Food Center for over 20 years. He was an Eagle Scout. Milt graduated from Globe High School and went on to the University of Arizona where he pledged Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He would later earn his Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University, but in his heart he would always be a Wildcat and a Fiji.
Milt enlisted in the Navy in service to his country. He was a member of Oriental 20 Masonic Lodge in Mesa and attended Red Mountain United Methodist Church. He worked for Motorola for 35 years.
Although Milt traveled the world his favorite place to relax was the family cabin he built in Strawberry, Arizona.
Milt is most remembered for giving back to his community. In the 1970’s he was a member of Civitan, Junior Achievement and became District Governor of Toastmasters. He served over 20 years on the Board of Prehab, now A New Leaf, and the Mesa Municipal Development Corp. Milt has been a member of the Mesa Rotary club for 19 years and he gave ten years to the Mesa United Way. He was elected to the Board of the Dobson Ranch Homeowners Association, spent the month of March at Cubs games as a member of Hohokams and helped bring solar power to Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. He regularly traveled to Globe as a member of the Hall of Fame committee and Alumni Association. Milt gave his time, his heart and his leadership to these organizations.
In 2000, he and Cheryl joined Mesa Sister Cities and found a perfect fit in working together to contribute in some small way to a more peaceful world. Milt has been President of Arizona Sister Cities for the past three years.
Milt received many awards and accolades over the years but was most humbled and proud to be selected Mesa’s Man of the Year in 2006.
In spite of all his dedicated community service, Milt was devoted to his family and always said, “Family comes first.” He was there to lend a hand or a listening ear and to share his love of Arizona. He set an example for all to follow.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Cheryl; his daughter Karen, sons, Scott and Steven, step-daughters, Debbie Martin (John), Carrie Swires (Jason) and Amy LeVan. Grandchildren, Brynna Farbod, Michael Laflen, Colin & Madison Martin, Joshua & Arya Swires and Sabian & Cadin Paup, two beloved sisters, Marilyn Anderson (Fred) and Carol Pinnell (Ralph) and many, many treasured friends in Mesa and around the world.
Milt’s was a life of honor, integrity, generosity, loyalty and love of country. His positive attitude and infectious grin will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 24 at the Mesa Country Club, 660 W. Fairway Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201.
Donations in Milt’s name can be made to Mesa Sister Cities Student Exchange Program, P.O. Box 5572 Mesa, AZ 85211, Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E, Flower St Phoenix, AZ 85014, a Milt Laflen GHS Scholarship Fund-Service above Self, is being established. Information at service.