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Michael Aljets

Aztec - Michael Aljets, 70, passed away June 28, 2020 in Aztec, NM. He was born in Alton, IL to Fritz and Verline Aljets on April 4, 1950. He was a respiratory therapist for 40 years and taught respiratory therapy in Chicago, IL and Pueblo, CO. He worked at both Mercy Hospital and San Juan Regional Medical Center. He met his soulmate and wife of 47 years at Eastern Illinois University where he majored in philosophy. Michael was a profound thinker, curious explorer and engaging conversationalist. He loved to fish, hunt and could dance like Fred Astaire. His real passion was archaeology, specifically archaeoastronomy. Michael loved hiking in the canyons and gazing at the night skies. He looked forward to the solstices and equinoxes and took many photographs of pictographs and petroglyphs. Michael was the head of the San Juan Archaeological Society until it was disbanded. He also served on the Salmon Ruins Board of Directors for multiple terms. Michael is survived by his wife Diane, his parents Fritz and Verline, brothers Scott (Sue), Rocky (Bobbie) and James (Beth), sister Dawn, numerous nieces, nephews, dear friends and his beloved dog, Chaco. Cremation has taken place. Services for Michael are pending at this time. Michael was a gentle sweet giant on this earth.

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Published in Farmington Daily Times from Jun. 29 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 26, 2020
I met Mike at Eastern Illinois University and we became good friends . We had many lengthy philosophical discussions on many subjects and I cherish the memories of those times. His wife Diane is one of the nicest individuals i have ever met. I am deeply saddened to hear about his passing and want to convey my condolences to his family.
Richard Voelker
July 8, 2020
Michael brought joy and amazing insight on the many occasions we chatted. I valued what a good listener he was, his obvious thoughtfulness, and his kind presence. Bless you Diane in this difficult time. Even in missing Michael, may there be glimpses of thankfulness for the all that you shared.
Art Meyer
July 5, 2020
Michael was always passionate about the things he took interest in, especially his research in local archaeology. I will miss our conversations and the things I would learn from him about his archaeoastronomy projects.
Roger Moore
July 1, 2020
My heartfelt sympathy for your loss my soul sister. May God wrap you in His love and comfort you. Love you. Annie
Annie Talamante
July 1, 2020
Always conversational and curious, Mike was always learning, asking questions, sharing knowledge, and planning his next trip to the Dinetah. The world has lost a unique mind and kind man. Deepest sympathy to Diane, Chaco, and the family -
Nancy Sweet Espinosa
July 1, 2020
Amazing human was sad to hear of his passing. He made a significant impact on my career and the way I approached critical care situations. My deepest condolences
Daniel Lorett
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