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MIchael Schoop

April 3, 1958 October 25, 2017
MIchael Schoop
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Michael John Schoop passed away on October 25, 2017 at his home in Marietta from complication of ALS. He is survived by his wife Kristina Clinton, daughters Melissa and Laura Schoop, mother Marilyn Powers Schoop, sister Kelly Haegglund, brother John Schoop, niece Britt Haegglund and nephew Cole Haegglund. Mike was born in Anchorage, Alaska on April 3, 1958. He was six years old when his family survived the Great Alaskan earthquake in 1964. Shortly after the earthquake, his family relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area. Due to the nature of his father’s job, Mike’s family moved often. Of all the places they lived, Mike loved California most and always considered Marin County home. Mike attended the University of California, San Diego, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. At UCSD, he also met his future wife, Kris. Following his college graduation, Mike went to work for Lockheed, where he joined a team that was beginning work on a new project, the creation of the F-22 Raptor. His contributions to the F-22 program resulted in multiple awards, including Lockheed’s highest individual honor, the Robert E. Gross award. Mike and Kris moved to Georgia in 1991, following the transfer of the F-22 project to the Lockheed Marietta facility. In the last four years of his career, Mike was working on the F-35 project, based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Mike was incredibly passionate about his work and very grateful to have such a fulfilling career; however, his passions extended far beyond the office. As an avid hiker and rock climber, Mike considered the great outdoors his cathedral. In addition to hundreds of hikes up Kennesaw Mountain, he spent much of his time visiting various state and national parks with his family. Mike loved racing his RX-7 in SCCA competitions and could often be found tinkering with cars and motorcycles in his spare time. When not hiking or racing, Mike was a voracious reader, continuously studying mathematics, philosophy, mountaineering, photography, astronomy and additional fields in science and engineering.

The family will receive friends at the First United Methodist Church in Marietta on Monday, October 30th, from 4pm to 5:30pm.

There will be a memorial service in Fort Worth, Texas on November 3rd at 1:30pm. Mike will be laid to rest in Marin County, California.

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