Paul T. Thagard of East Mesa passed away peacefully on July 18, 2016 at the age of 73. Paul is survived by his wife of 54 years, Leonarda, two children, Noverta and Carlos, brother Michael E. (Diane) Thagard, seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Paul was preceded in death by his daughter Raquel. Paul was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia to Willie Kent and Edna Lee (Ettel) Thagard. He served in the Air Force for 25 years, during which time he earned multiple college degrees. Paul retired from Honeywell in 2003. Calling hours will be held Thursday, July 21st, from 5-7pm at Mt. View Funeral Home, 7900 E Main St, Mesa. Funeral services will be Friday, July 22nd, at 11am at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1244 S. Power Road in Mesa.