Michael Valdez
“Cowboy Mike” Our beloved “Cowboy Mike” returned to our Heavenly Father while at home surrounded by family and friends. Michael Matthew Valdez was born 9/16/62 in Salt Lake City to Roger and Steffie Valdez. He was lovingly raised by Robert(father) and Steffie Valdez in the West Valley/Kearns area with his 7 brothers and sisters. Mike had 2 beautiful daughters Mindi Lee Herzog & Melissa Camille Valdez. Mike worked in the ICU Medical Building for 32 years where he met the love of his life in 1990. His “Baby Face” Lisa. They married on 2/29/92. Lisa had 3 children Tessie, Christopher and Antonio Montoya. In 1992 they had Michael Jesse X-On Valdez. 6 children in all. Mike enjoyed spending time playing and watching football, softball, fishing, hunting, 4 wheeling, camping, singing, watching John Wayne movies and “cruzing” on his Harley. Mike was always surrounded with family and friends. Mike was the most loyal Dallas Cowboy’s fan he never missed a game, he was even able to attend a few games with family and friends. Mike’s constant smile and playful attitude brought joy to all he met. Mike was a unique individual with the most beautiful soul. “Love you like a rock” To all who participated in the benefits that were held to aid in Mike’s battle with cancer Thank you! Special thanks to the Huntsman Cancer Institute and Community Nursing Service Hospice. Mike is survived by his wife Lisa and their children: Michael Jesse X-on Valdez, Mindi Lee(Jimmy) Herzog, Melissa (Cody) Henderson, Tessie, Christopher, and Antonio (Vanessa) Montoya 11 grandchildren 5 of which Mike and Lisa adopted. Parents: Robert and Steffie Valdez, Pricilla Valdez, Joe and Tessie Santistevan. Brothers: Tony (Laura) Valdez, Steve (Nancy) Valdez, Robert Valdez and Roger (Dawn) Valdez. Sisters: Julie Valdez, Valerie Leo, Tonya Juarez, Trista (Bryan) Byerly, Liz (Jared) Crane, Jessica Valdez. Grandparents: Jose and Gertrude Aragon, Manuel and Benina Olonia. In-laws: Bridget (Carlos) Valle-Torres, Natalie (Anthony)Trujillo & Manny (Belinda) Lizarraga. Mike is preceded in death by: Father Roger Valdez, Grandparents Jose & Maria Valdez, Refugio Ponce & Jean E. Saldivar, Gelasia Banda, Nephew Chase Covington, Tio Floyd Romero, Tio Robert Aragon and Cousin Lisa Ortega, Cousin Frankie Aragon. Funeral services will be held Wed, 5/16/12, at 11:00 am at the Life Church, 4700 S 3818 W, WVC. There will be a viewing the night prior from 6-8 pm at the same location, as well as an hour prior the the service. Mikes “Last Ryde” will take him to his final resting place at the Tooele Cemetery 361 South 100 East. All Motorcycles are encouraged to be a part of his final ride.


Joe Casalino said...

Mike and I worked at Sorenson Research/Abbott Labs/Hospira and finally ICU Medical. While there, he held various positions. My best and fondest remembrances of him was when he was working in Security. Sitting at the desk and saying "Hi" to every one who entered and left. I remember that he played baseball and seeing him in his 'uniform' a few times after work. The Dallas cowboys were his passion. The world will a lonelier place with out him.
Joe Casalino, Jr.

Jim Stack said...

Condolences to Lisa and the entire Valdez family. Mike always had a smile on his face at work. I came to Sorenson from Abbott in 1982 to work in Cost Accounting. Mike had such a great personality. We all liked Mike. He will be missed by so many people.
I'm sure that he is in heaven taking his ride to find the old Cowboy players and fans.
Lisa, I hope you know how many of us will be praying for you since it is such a loss for you and the rest of us to be without Mike's smiling face.
Pam & Jim Stack.

Anonymous said...

Mikey - It was such fun working with you at Abbott. I remember how funny and friendly you were as the security guard. I will miss your happy face and how much fun we had working together. I wish all the best to your family and your beautiful wife. I pray for their comfort in this time of need. You will always remain in my heart and my mind
Susan (Polteno) Sherman

Donna Glenn said...

Lisa, I was so sadden to hear Mike had become ill and then so soon he had to leave. There isn't anyone that could ever say anything negative about Mike. Such a positive guy and like so many others posting that he was always singing and smiling, I too will remember that about Mike. Whenever he saw me in the halls he would break out into "Oh Donna, Oh Donna" by Ritchie Valens. That would always make me smile. I played on the early days of coed softball team with him too, which was always made more fun because of Mike being there. Last time I saw Mike was at Pat and Mike Walker's and all the guys were in the basement. I was lucky enough for them to let me in for awhile, sharing a drink, some laughs and some old memories. You're the lucky one, that got to have him fulltime. My most sincere condolences to you and your families as you grieve for a very special person that so many will miss dearly.
Donna Glenn