Roy Coulliette

This photo of Roy Coulliette was taken Feb. 4 at the fly-in held at Pleasant Valley Airport. He enjoyed introducing people to the thrill of flying.

Roy M. Coulliette, 75, died March 8, after a short hospital stay. Mr. Coulliette was a native of Florida, who moved to Phoenix with his family in 1954. He is survived by his long-time companion, Ruth Wallace; son, Mathew Coulliette; brothers, Don (Sue) Coulliette and Maxwell (Joan) Coulliette, along with many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Leona; stepmother, Virginia; former wife, Darlene; his sisters, Alma Sue Coulliette and Patricia Bradley; brother, Charles Scheuler; sons, Chad (Siblut) Coulliette and Keith Coulliette.  

Mr. Coulliette was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

An avid flyer, Mr. Coulliette founded Turf Soaring School in Peoria, where he built Pleasant Valley Airport and RV Park, teaching thousands the joy of soaring. He trained many pilots for the military, airlines, fire bombing, crop dusting, and pleasure. He was inducted into the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame in 2004.  He was an active member of the Deer Valley Connections, Captain in the Civil Air Patrol, and member of Toast Masters.

Mr. Coulliette sailed and traveled extensively with his long-time partner, Ruth. He enjoyed working with Boy Scouts in the Lake Pleasant District and was recognized in January 2016 by the District Hall of Fame for continuous dedication in service to the Boy Scouts of America.

For adventure, he sailed, scuba dived, rode horseback, aeronautical maintenance, and was a helicopter pilot. Mr. Coulliette could be seen driving his immaculately-kept Bronco, sporting the name Turf Soaring Adventures, wearing his blue jeans and white shirt. He was never deterred or limited by the obstacles he faced. He will be missed by his family and all those who came to know him as friend.

Donations may be sent to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at lls.org. His funeral was held March 13 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 9543 W. Jomax Road in Peoria. Internment was at Queen of Heaven cemetery, 1562 Baseline Road in Mesa.