Sep 242012

Michael Lynn “Mike” Billings, 63, of Snowflake passed away suddenly on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Show Low. Memorial services will be held at 10 o’clock this morning (Sept. 21) at the Snowflake Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ninth South Second West. Inurnment will follow in the Show Low Cemetery.
He was born to the late Richard and Delma (Smith) Billings on May 25, 1949, in Independence, Mo.
Mike had a love of woodworking, and was very talented and extremely detail oriented. He enjoyed spending time working with his hands and loved to see the finished product. An avid outdoorsman, he was always at peace being in the woods and with nature.
He was an avid race car fan and even built many of his own race cars. A motorcycle enthusiast, he had a dream of someday owning another Harley. Mike also loved old trucks and classic cars, and attended as many classic car shows as possible. He enjoyed traveling and seeing new sights; a new trip was always on his mind.
Mike worked for Motorola for many years, and was the youngest foreman while working there. Following his work at Motorola, he entered the construction trade, and enjoyed being a building inspector and giving esti-mates. Seeing a job from beginning to finish was always a great joy to him. Mike received special training and education in many different aspects of the construction industry, including LP training in Wood-E Design, CAD-Electro Mechanical Design, TJ Beam Program and Roseboro Beam Design.
He married the love of his life, Linda, in Show Low in 1989 and in December 1990, they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Temple of the LDS church. A loving family man, he will be missed by all.
Survivors include his loving wife of 23 years, Linda Billings of Snowflake; children, Dana (Mark) Santia of Montague, N.J., Jo (Eddie) Halford of Queen Creek, Tracy Solomon of Taylor, Donald (Mary) Carroll of Payson and Walter (Tawny) Long of Show Low; 23 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy Todd Billings in October 1989, as well as a brother, Rick Billings.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Mike’s name to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 742030, Los Angeles, California 90074-2030.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Snowflake was in charge of the arrangements.