“Max Thomas Treinen, age 70, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep the night of April 4th, 2017, in his Prescott Valley, Arizona residence. He was born September 17, 1946 in Le Mars, IA, son of Edmund Treinen and Grace Kuyper Treinen.
Max volunteered for Vietnam in the late sixties, where he served the Army as an air traffic control radio technician. After his service, Max moved to Phoenix where he continued to work as a technician and met his wife, Barbara Hughes. Max eventually went back to school to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Grand Canyon University and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Arizona State University. Max moved to Seattle in 2007 and then to Prescott Valley in 2008 to be near his son.
Max was preceded in death by his wife on his 50th birthday in September, 1996. He is survived by his son, Matthew, adopted son, Brian, siblings Bob and Margie, and his niece and nephew Kelly and Kris. Max had a lifelong love of reading, hunting, fishing, his country and his faith, and an absolute passion for ham radio, call sign KB7XU. He deeply enjoyed conversation with others and was driven to help people in need of a friendly ear or some honest advice. He was loved and will be missed by his family and his many friends.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 10815 N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix. A Graveside Service with military honors will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.
Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home.
KB7XU…clear the patch.”
Max was a good man and a good friend. We talked of many things when we were in the masters program together. I’m fortunate to have met him and to have continued our friendship after we had both moved on. I’ll miss you.
Anna Larson Kernes
To Max: Your smile, tenor of your voice , and amazing stories will be missed. Thank you for your wonderful friendship with Jerry. He’s really going to miss you. I’m so glad our kiddos got to meet you a couple of times to see what a true American looks like.
For Max’s family: I’m so sorry for your loss. Max was a great man and a joy to be around. His personality filled the room. May your many memories of him bring you some comfort at this difficult time and always.
I am deeply saddened by Max’s passing. Though I haven’t seen him in several years, we remained friends for the last 23 years. We kept in touch via email, phone calls, texts and cards. He loved updating me on : Max, he was so proud of him; foods he had eaten or new recipes tried , his sister’s recent engagement and life in Prescott Valley. My father was a pilot in the Air Force and he flew commercially so Max would often send me emails with links to flying , he thought my father would enjoy. Max was a good man and I will miss his friendship dearly. My sincerest sympathies to his family and friends. May you Rest In Peace, my friend.
Max was a wonderful man. I spent many years at Cobham Aerospace and saw Max on almost an everyday basis. He was fun to talk to. He also was a part our Taco Tuesday group. My husband Larry and I sat with him and listened to his many stories. Larry would talk cars. We really enjoyed our time with him and will miss him dearly. Our prayers go out to all his family and friends!