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Max L. Schrimsher


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Max L. Schrimsher, 85, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away on May 1, 2018. He was born in Frederick, Oklahoma, on May 14, 1932.

Max attended the New Mexico Military Institute, located in Roswell, New Mexico, on a football scholarship and graduated in 1954. The all-conference four year Bronco letterman also attained the rank of pf C/LTC and commanded the 1st Battalion. Named a distinguished Military Student, he was commissioned in Armor Branch upon graduation, and entered the service. Max was inducted in to the NMMI Hall of Fame in 1995. He especially enjoyed sharing stories from his time spent at NMMI and in the military.

He married Eleanor Bassett of Roswell, New Mexico, in 1958. They were able to celebrate 60 years of marriage in February of this year.

Also in 1958, he began working for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, a company he remained with until 1983. He rose from trainee for management, to the eventual Western Division Sales Manager, and was responsible for Goodyear’s sales and marketing in 24 western states. In 1983, he left Goodyear and co-founded the Phoenix based Western States Tire Company. He retired from the tire industry in the mid-1990’s after more than 35 years spent in an industry he truly loved.

Max was proud of his military service, and his association with the New Mexico Military Institute Foundation, the Mining AMIGOS, and the Arizona State University Sun Angel Foundation Board. He especially enjoyed supporting Sun Devil football and the student athletes at ASU.

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He was preceded in death by his parents Alonzo and Lillie; Brothers Cecil, Floyd, Fred and Ted; Sisters Irene, Doris, Camilla, Pauline, and Dolores; and beloved grandson T.J. Schrimsher.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Schrimsher; his son Russ, children Michael, Nicholas and Taylor; his son Tim (Justine), children Sheena Kowalski (Jeff), Patrick, and great granddaughter Harper Shay Kowalski; his daughter Tracy Tonn (Scott), children Jessica and Blake; his sister Bennie Davis (Harvey); brothers-in-law John Bassett (Nolana), and Ben Bassett: sisters-in-law Vera Schrimsher and Marjelaine Schrimsher, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service and reception will take place on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m., at Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church, 6715 North Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley (1510 E Flower Street

Phoenix, AZ 85014), New Mexico Military Institute Foundation (101 W. College Blvd, Rowell NM 88201) or Saint Barnabas Episcopal Church (6715 North Mockingbird Lane, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253).


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