AMerican Veteran 11

Michael Dene Caples

March 29, 1948 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old

Michael Caples Obituary

Michael Dene Caples was born on March 29, 1948. He was born into a large family, with twelve older and younger siblings. When Mike was young, there was a fire in the Caples home, and all medical records were lost. Being one of thirteen, things got mixed up easily, and he thought his birthday was March 10th. He celebrated this day as his birthday until he was informed of his real birthdate when leaving the military.


Mike grew up in Santa Paula, California, and spent quite a bit of his youth in Ventura and Ojai. He decided to join the Army in December of 1966. He finished boot camp and stayed with a friend in Huntington Beach, where he met a neighbor named Carol Brown. Carol Brown quickly became Carol Caples, and Mike was deployed to Vietnam. He served bravely and steadfastly on his tours and returned to meet his bride in Kansas City, MO. Shortly before Mike was to be discharged, he was deployed to Detroit as a peacekeeping force in the Riots of 1967/68. He and Carol welcomed their first daughter, Kimberly, in Kansas City and shortly after moved to Phoenix, AZ.


Arriving in Phoenix, Mike went to work for Frito~Lay as a warehouse employee. He did well and was given an opportunity as a sales representative. He advanced quickly and was promoted to a route position with a truck. While in this role, Mike and Carol welcomed their second daughter, Courtney, in 1982. During this time, he and Carol started their journey with Foster Care and opened their hearts and home for nearly seventeen years. They had many marginalized children come through their home during this time, an achievement they both were proud of. 


Mike would go on to climb the Frito~Lay ladder into management until he chose to retire in 1998. He then took a position working for the United States Postal Service for sixteen years, where he faced everything but sleet, snow, and ice. He and Carol both went into retirement in 2014 and called Peoria, AZ, their home. They took several cruises and enjoyed family and extended stays in Northern Arizona. They moved once again to Cottonwood, AZ, and that is where Mike’s journey ended on the morning of February 5, 2024.


There was nothing more important than family for Mike. He made a spectacle of family meals and loved to see people enjoy his creations. He lived a very simple life, but he also took time to enjoy the finer things. He found great joy in sports, especially golf and basketball. To laugh with him was to know him, and his laughter was infectious. He will be terribly missed by all who knew and loved him in this life. Gone too soon, and forever in our hearts.


Mike leaves behind Carol, his bride of 56 years, an accomplishment he was very proud of. He also leaves his daughter, Kimberly McKean, and her husband, John; his daughter, Courtney Nielsen, and her husband, Erik; his two grandchildren, Kori and Bella Nielsen; and several brothers and sisters, dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins, and additional extended family.










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