Major General Thomas W Sawyer, USAF Ret.

November 19, 1933 - September 3, 2017

Major General Thomas William Sawyer, USAF Ret., 83, a resident of Fort Myers, FL since 2000, formerly of Colorado Springs, CO, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 in Fort Myers.

General Sawyer was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fort Myers. He was born Nov. 19, 1933, in Turlock, CA. He graduated from Livingston High School CA and enlisted in the Air Force in February 1952. He received a bachelor-of-arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a master’s degree in international relations from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of the National War College, Washington, D.C.

General Sawyer was a command pilot with more than 4,500 flying hours in jet aircraft. Among his many military decorations and awards are the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, and two Silver Stars. Following his military service he founded and served as President of Aerospace Network, Inc. and Pathfinder Technology, Inc.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Faith Sawyer of Fort Myers; three loving children, Wes Sawyer (Su-Su) of Colorado Springs, CO, John Sawyer (Debbie) of Phoenix, AZ, and Susan Collins of Winchester VA; a brother, Donn Sawyer (Carmen) of Norwood, MO; six grandchildren, Tom, Emily, Dan, Drew, Charlie and Connor; as well as one great-grandson, Aiden.

General Sawyer was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Edward Sawyer and Marie Georjean Gundersen Sawyer, and a brother, Richard C. Sawyer.

Interment for General Sawyer will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2635 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers FL 33901 at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Information can be found via


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