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November 21, 2012
Michael Altamura was dedicated to carrying for everyone in the community with intelligence and compassion. The world is a poorer place without him in it.
November 20, 2012
When I was 8 years of age uncle Mike had me read a paper that he authored for a medical journal. I couldn't make hide nor hair of the paper's meaning, but I distinctly remember being impressed and proud of my uncle for being able to produce such complex work. I also recall thinking that I, at 8 years old, would never be able to write as well as he did. As I grew up Mike would read some of my term papers before I handed them in. He would often help me to elevate the content and delivery of the paper. I have always strived to write as well as possible, and this measure is deeply and directly influenced by uncle Mike. Through what I write uncle Mike is represented in my life everyday. So long as my writing needs improvement he will be pushing me along. Love you uncle mike-Matt
November 20, 2012
My heartfelt condolences go out to the family.
November 17, 2012
Mike was a great guy. Our family had many wonderful times with Mike; watching him do the twist at Stephanie's wedding, laughing with him as he coaxed six-year old Ashley to do her Ma and Pa Kettle imitations late at night while driving home from Canada after a ferry boat ride across Kootenai Lake –Peggy made us all wear life-jackets on the ferry; eating pecan pie at the Pie Hut when he went to work with Marcia; looking for moose on the Kootenai Wildlife Refuge; double wrapped in coats in September, relaxing in lawn chairs, while he and Gayle soaked up the last rays of sun at Samowens campground on the shore of Lake Pend Oreille, after the campground was closed for the season; directing fourteen year old Katie as she navigated the row boat across Robinson Lake; posing for old-timey photos in Gayle's grandfather's chair; eating on the decks of Trinity and Spud's Restaurants in Sandpoint as the sun set on the Monarch Mountains and Lake Pend Oreille; donning his overalls for the junk yard salvage hour with Gayle; growing a beard, patching a pair of jeans, and carving a staff to play the part of Woodland Bob in the vacation bible school at Crossroads Chapel; eating his bowl of chili beans in three minutes so we wouldn't be late for the Bull Riding event at the Bonners Ferry fairgrounds.
Mike was courteous, well-mannered, and gracious yet never a “stuffed” shirt. He will be missed very much.
November 17, 2012
Mike was a gentle, unselfish,and kind man worthy of the utmost respect and love. I wish the world was filled with people like him. He touched my life and I know he touched the lives of many others as well. A true gentleman and scholar.

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