Ret. Lt. Col. Donald Bentley McCoy, 78, died June 8, 2002, in Mesa. He was born June 21, 1923, in Mount Pleasant Iowa. His parents were John and Edna Wanger McCoy.
Mr. McCoy divided his time between Strawberry and Mesa.
He received his pilot's wings at Williams Air Force Base, Chandler, in 1941. He was an assistant professor of Aeronautics Science and taught Air Force ROTC at ASU from 1955 to 1958.
He served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He retired June 1, 1967, from the Air Force and worked for 10 years for the government.
He was a member of El Zaribah Shrine of Phoenix and a member of the Zane Grey Shrine Club of Payson. He was a member of El Zaribah Drum and Bugle Corps and the Patrol.
Survivors include his wife, Doris F. McCoy; three children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren from his first marriage to Kathleen Million McCoy. He is also survived by seven stepchildren and 17 grandchildren; his brother, John McCoy; and sister, Mary Liebke.
Donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley.