Michael F. Corbett

January 27, 1947 - April 23, 2023
Michael F. Corbett

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Major MICHAEL F. CORBETT (USAF Retired), age 76, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, April 23, 2023, with his loved ones at his side. Mike had courageously battled Primary Progressive Aphasia, a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by gradual dissolution of the ability to communicate, since 2018.

Mike was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 27, 1947, the son of the late Leonard Patrick Corbett and Elizabeth (Betty) Miller.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force on 29 September 1967 and started his career as a member of a Special Operations Weather Team and earned the prestigious Honor Graduate award from the Combat Control Training School. Following fourteen years in the enlisted force, Mike completed a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Texas A & M University and was commissioned as an officer on 3 December 1981. During his 31-year military career, he served in various weather-related positions, including Forecaster for Air Force One, Staff Weather Officer, Weather Station Commander, and War Planning Officer. Upon retirement from the Air Force, Mike completed his Master of Science in Human Resources and Development at Chapman University. He continued his service career for 13 more years as an Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Instructor at Northside High School, guiding and molding hundreds of future leaders.

He is survived by his wife: Ursula Corbett; three children: Lenny Corbett; Katherine Corbett; David Corbett with his wife Christina Corbett and his Mother Linda Smith; his sister Jane and her husband Robert Tatum; his brother William (Bill) and his wife Gloria Howell; his grandchildren: Kyle and Samantha Corbett; and his great-grandson Nathaniel Corbett. Also mourning his passing are extended family members in Florida and New York.

As a lifelong scientist with an interest in contributing to the advancement of research into dementia treatments, Mike donated his brain to the Mayo Clinic. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the National Aphasia Association to bring awareness to a disorder affecting more than 2,000,000 Americans.

The family would like to thank the private caregivers and Gentiva Hospice for their service and guidance during his passing.

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to assist the Corbett family.

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  • April 30, 2023
    Family Popp and Baumann says:
    Unser herzliches Beileid an euch alle. Wir sind dankbar, dass wir Mike kennenlernen durften und gleichzeitig traurig, dass er bereits von uns gehen musste. Wir wünschen der ganzen Familie viel Kraft in dieser Zeit. Mike, du wirst uns fehlen! In tiefer Trauer, Silvio, Mandy und Julia Popp Renate und Konrad Baumann. Our heartfelt condolences to all of you. We are thankful that we had the opportunity to meet Mike and sad that he had to leave us already. We wish the whole family much strength during this time. Mike, we're gonna miss you! In deep sorrow, Silvio, Mandy and Julia Popp Renate and Konrad Baumann.

  • April 28, 2023
    Michael & Nina Cahill says:
    Our deepest condolence to Ursula, Lenny, Katherine, David and his mom Linda and the rest of the Corbett family on the passing of Mike, we had a chance to meet Mike & his family who travel to Newfoundland in search of his Corbett roots many years ago, my mother was a Corbett and through DNA we established a relationship, it was so good to meet you all so long ago, you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time, Mike & Nina Cahill ( Newfoundland Canada)

  • April 28, 2023
    Jennifer says:
    Major Corbett was a wonderful colleague and valuable part of the Northside staff. We was great instructor and very dedicated to his students. Your family is my thoughts and prayers.

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  • April 27, 2023
    Marsha Young says:
    Hello, I did not know your loved one. But wow what an amazing life he led. I know you all are so very proud. Prayers for you all in this time of loss.

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  • April 27, 2023
    Billy Askew says:
    I worked with Major Corbett for several years at Northside High School. We often had lunch together and I really enjoyed working with him. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

  • April 27, 2023
    Dustin Taylor says:
    To me, Major Corbett was a wonderful teacher, an inspiring leader and a great man. Through the years I've never forgotten him. He is missed.

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  • April 26, 2023
    Clarine Powell says:
    Dear Corbett Family I am so very sorry to hear Mike’s death. What a lovely man. I hope you are comforted knowing he no longer suffers. Love Miss Clarine

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    Virginia Roy says:
    Our deepest sympathies.

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    Jennifer Lanier -Coward says:
    Condolences to the family. Ursula you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Randolf Fulwider says:
    Mike and I studied meteorology together at Texas A&M University. He was a good friend.

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