Celebrating the life of

Michael G. "Mike" Foster

Passed away on September 09, 2021

Michael G.

Michael G. “Mike” Foster, 62, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 9, 2021, after a 15-year long courageous battle with cancer. Mike spent his last days on this earth surrounded by his loving family and friends. Mike will be remembered as a warm-hearted, loving, compassionate man dedicated to his faith and his family. His optimistic outlook on life was infectious and admired by all that knew him. He was an avid aviation enthusiast whose favorite movie was TOP GUN! In fact, any movie with flight scenes was on his list of favorites.

Mike was raised in Texas and was the first-born son of Barbara and Don Foster. He was educated in the Hereford, Texas, catholic school system and later attended The University of Texas in Austin where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1980, Mike moved to California for his first engineering job to work for Northrop Corporation where he worked on the highly-classified B2 (bomber) Program. In 1981, Mike met his future bride, Jane, while playing volleyball at the beach in Manhattan Beach, California. In 1986, Mike married Jane Orchard of Manhattan Beach, California, and they were happily married for over 35 years.

In 1992, Mike and Jane accepted jobs at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and moved from Los Angeles to Savannah to start a new chapter of working for a private jet manufacturer. Mike retired from Gulfstream, after over 28 years, where he ran all kinds of wind tunnel tests for new aircraft models to ensure model viability. After retiring from Gulfstream Mike joined Boom, in 2020, as a wind tunnel consultant working on their next generation supersonic aircraft. Due to on-going chemo treatments Mike’s work schedule often required adjustments. He was always appreciative of his teammates’ support. Mike’s work colleagues always went above and beyond to ensure that he felt appreciated, respected and truly part of the work family.

In addition to his wife, Jane, Mike leaves behind his son, Kevin Foster of Savannah; brother John Foster (Tara) of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; brother Robert Foster (Karin) of Austin, Texas; sister Stephanie (Foster) Brock (Lou) of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; sister-in-law Ruth Barker (Ron) of Paso Robles, California; brother-in-law Michael Orchard (Christin) of Redondo Beach, California; and several nieces and nephews located in various states.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Monday, September 20, 2021, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 10:00am until 11:00am prior to the Mass. Burial will be private.




I had the privilege of working closely with Mike for 35 years. He was a man of integrity and did the right thing even when it wasn’t the easy or popular thing to do. Mike’s work ethic was beyond reproach and he was always generous with his time and knowledge. He was never pompous or condescending to those who knew less about a particular subject than he did. He was a true airplane geek (and his fellow airplane geeks know that is a compliment). I am fortunate to count Mike as much more than a colleague; he was a true friend and I will miss him. My deepest sympathies to Jane and Kevin as well as Mike’s siblings and the extended family.

- Dave Roberts, Savannah, GA

Jane and Kevin: Mike was a truly wonderful husband and father who loved you both so very much. Ron and I will be here for you, always. John, Bob and Steph (and families): You are an amazing family that have always shown such love and support for Mike, Jane and Kevin. I am heartbroken for all of you. Take comfort in knowing that Mike is at peace now. Love to all of you.

- Ruth (Orchard) Barker, Paso Robles, CA

Dear Jane and family, for many times Mike came to our wind tunnel to do tests. I remember him as a kind and professional person. It was really a pleasure to work with him. In his last visits you could hardly notice his illness. My sincere condolences with your loss and I hope that all good remembrance may give you some comfort.

- Onno Stallinga, Marknesse, Netherlands

Mike was very appreciated in the wind tunnel community all around the word. Working with him was a really pleasure, full of good memories. It is so sad to loose such a good man. All our powerful wind tunnels would not be able to dry the tears shed today for his demise. My heartfelt condolences to his relatives and friends.

- Delphine Bonnaud, Toulouse, France

I feel terribly sad to hear that Mike passed away. I had the chance to work with him several times, and this has been one of the best work experience I ever had. I will always remember him as a kind and passionnate person. He didn't miss an opportunity to share an amusing story of his past wind tunnel testings. Over the years, we used to write to each other. A few months ago, when my daughter was about to be born, he wrote me that "there is no feeling like being a dad". Once again, he was true. My heartfelt condolences to Jane, Kevin and all his family and friends. He will be sadly missed in the wind tunnel community, as well as by anyone who knew him. Sylvain

- Sylvain Masseboeuf, Toulouse, France

I met Mike in the fall of 1976, in our dormitory at the University of Texas. We became friends almost immediately…life-long as it turned out. Mike was my college roommate all our time at UT, and was easily my best friend throughout. I don’t know that I was ever as good a friend to Mike as he was to me. He was probably the most grounded individual I have ever known. I loved how close Mike was to his family and friends, and his sense of humor. I am so grateful for that one last “Hey man…” he gave me two weeks ago. I can think of no one outside my family that has had such a profound impact on me…I will forever miss him. I thank God for bringing him into my life.

- Alan K. Hamrick, Plano, TX

It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the passing of Mike. As German-Dutch Wind tunnels we had in Mike a highly technically experienced customer with a warm personality which made our longstanding cooperation unique. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Jane, Mike’s family and friends.

- Joost Hakkaart (Director DNW), DNW , The Netherlands

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel