Ronald Wayne Mahlum

Birth:  Mar. 5, 1945
Oregon, USA

Death:  Aug. 17, 2004
Los Angeles
California, USA

Ronald W. Mahlum, 59, of Lancaster, Calif., and formerly of Livingston, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 17, 2004 in Los Angeles, Funeral Mass will he held 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Father Dale Yurkovic officiating. Graveside committal with military honors and burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Franzen-Davis Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Mr. Mahlum was born March 5, 1945 in Bend, Oregon, to Sigurd Mahlum and Anne Nelson Mahlum. He graduated from Park High School in 1964. He married Trena L, Phipps on December 22, 1967 in Chinook, Mont. Mr. Mahlum attended Montana State University and graduated in 1969 with a B.S. in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. In July of 1969 he began service in the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 4754th Radar Evaluation Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah, where he was Lead Test Evaluation officer for the US Air Defense Command. In 1973 he graduated from Texas Tech with n MBA and was then assigned to the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, California. In 1978 he resigned from the Air Force and returned to Edwards AFB as the Modernization, Science, and Technology Manager. Ron placed the AFFTC on the international and U.S. Air Force Science and Technology maps. His service and leadership in the AFFTC Plans and Programs Directorate resulted in the establishment of the AFFTC Technology Management Office. He retired in December of 2002.

Survivors include his wife, Trena Mahlum, of Lancaster, Calif.; two daughters, Tamatha Gayken of San Diego, and Katherine Mahlum of Los Angeles; one brother, Daniel Mahlum of Pendleton, Ore.; twin sisters, Beverly George of Livingston, and Barbara Caspersen of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; and two grandchildren, Justin and Ashlin Gayken. Mr. Mahlum is preceded in death by his parents.