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Michael D. Mechsner

Aug 12, 1950 - Dec 28, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Dennis (Mex) Mechsner, 69, passed away on December 28, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Michael was born in Rosemead, California to Kenneth and Britomart Mechsner on August 12, 1950.


Michael went to Rosemead High School and graduated in 1968.  His love of aeronautics started young, and he earned his pilots license at the age of 15, even before he obtained his drivers license.  He went on to earn a degree in Aeronautical Technology from Arizona State University in 1972, and was then drafted into the Vietnam War, which was the start of his Air Force career.


Michael had a passion for flying and was devoted to our country, serving as an RF4 pilot.  He soon built a reputation for knowing the phantom inside out and was called to duty in the invasion of Grenada and later in Desert Storm.  He acquired over 3,000 hours in the RF4 and his knowledge of the plane and mission granted him the nicknamed “Mr. Recce.”  His patriotism earned him several medals of Honor including the Distinguished Flying Cross and numerous Air Medals.  He retired from the military after 23 years of service in 1993. 


Michael went on to Northwest and Delta Airlines as a commercial Airbus pilot where he continued to fly for another 17 years.  After retiring, he enjoyed certifying flight instructors through the FAA in general aviation and passing on his extensive aviation knowledge to anyone interested in Aviation. He also enjoyed woodworking and rebuilding his 1967 Chevelle SS.  He had a green thumb and enjoyed propagating Venus flytraps and orchids.  After retirement, he was active in the Daedalians Organization.   Outside of these hobbies, he enjoyed time with his wife, children and grandchildren and was well known to friends for his humor and wit.


Michael is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Linda; his son, Christopher and wife Melanie, grandchildren, Caden, Taylor and Aubrey; Daughter, Sandra Peterson and husband Joel; Mother, Britomart Mechsner and sister, Susan; Niece, Lynn and nephews; Kenneth Mechsner and Antonio Cordova. His father, Kenneth, and 2 brothers, Martin and Steven, precede him in death.


Funeral service will be held at Randolph Air Force Base Chapel in San Antonio, Texas, on January 17th, 2020 at 10am.  There will be a celebration of life reception following funeral and final burial will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at 2:15pm. Harrell funeral home, in Austin, Texas will be handling the funeral arrangements.


Memorial donations may be made to the Daedalians in memoriam of Michael Mechsner. 


The Mechsner family wishes to extend their gratitude to all friends and family for support in this time. 


January 17th, 2020 

10am CST

Randolph AFB

San Antonio, Texas

If you plan on attending, you must RSVP.

9:00 - 9:30am

Immediate family viewing

Private viewing for Mike's next of kin only.

10:00 am

Come join us in the chapel as we honor the life of Mike. We will share stories of Mike's life, have a time of prayer, and conclude with the High Flight poem.

11:30 am

Light hors d'oeuvres, appetizers, and non-alcoholic drinks. 

02:15 pm

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Burial with full military honors. This location is approx. 30 minutes from Randolph.


Date & Time: Thursday and Friday night

See the dinner page to view menu list, costs, and to RSVP for dinner.


RSVP for memorial at Randolph AFB

Please RSVP below (military & non-military) so we know you are coming by clicking one of the buttons below.
*Non-Military MUST do this to be granted access to the base. You will be required to show identification.

Randolph Air Force Base Chapel

You will need a military ID or have RSVP'd with us, to enter the base. Please enter through the north gate (main entrance). The chapel will be located on your left as you enter your first "round-a-about".

Please RSVP so that we know you are attending.

Washington Cir, Randolph AFB, TX 78150


Randolph Air Force
NCO Club
(Kendrick Club Ballroom)

You will need a military ID or have RSVP'd with us, to enter the base. Please enter through the north gate (main entrance). 

1039 3rd Street West, Randolph AFB, TX 78150


Ft. Sam Houston Nat'l Cemetery

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Burial with full military honors. This location is approx. 30 minutes from Randolph.

1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209




Got a Story?

If you have a memory of Mike, a favorite story he told, or just something you wish to share with us, we would be grateful if you'd take the time to share with us. We will be collecting these thoughts into a book to share with our grandchildren so that Mike's stories continue to be shared in the generations to come. If you wish to share a private note, please use the contact form below.