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Michael Gallegos
1973 - 2012
Our wonderful husband and daddy, Michael Gallegos, was tragically taken from us on June 23, 2012. He was born April 5, 1973 to Catherine Sherwood and Gilbert Gallegos in Salt Lake City. He graduated from the U of U and continued to be a huge Ute fan. "Everyone Bleeds Red."
He coached girls golf, girls softball, Highland High wrestling and several High School football teams, most recently at Cottonwood High. He worked at Highland High School. In his spare time he loved cooking, golfing, fishing and being with his family. He married Debbie Anderson in the Lake Temple on April 12, 2003. He was active in the LDS Church, served in the Elders Quorum Presidency, and most recently served as an Elders Quorum Instructor.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Debbie, his children Kyrsten (age 7), Nathan (age 5) and his sister Christina Gallegos. Please Don't Drink and Drive.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Valley Park 4th Ward, 2603 West 4700 South. A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Interment at Valley View Memorial Park.
Donations can be made to the Michael Gallegos memorial fund at Granite Credit Union or America First Credit Union.


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Published in Deseret News on Jun. 26, 2012.
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October 17, 2012
i know this is late but wanted to say you were a wonderful coach! wrestling was so much fun with you there!! you will be very missed.
Berlynne Dean
July 15, 2012
Debbie, I just saw you one the news last night. I had no idea what happened. Please know that widows with small children have a special place in the sight of God. He will lead you and not leave you alone even when you feel the most lonely. The spirit world is never far away.

Karen (Sue H.'s seamstress friend.)
Karen Gillmore
July 15, 2012
I remember every time I tried to skip class Mike was there to tell me turn around ! He did it with a smile and a joke. I hadn't seen him in 7 years but I went back to get a copy of my transcripts and he remembered who I was. That's the type of guy Mike was, he took pride in his work and cared about the students at Highland. Thanks for the laughs Mike! Rest in Peace
Natalie D
July 15, 2012
i will always remember you teasing me/giving me a hard time about not getting to school on time or when you caught me sluffing during my four years at highland. thanks for the laughs and pretending you didnt see me leave in between classes. you will be missed by many. may you rest in peace forever.
July 9, 2012
Mike,
I am just finding out about your passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your friendship. We had some great times and I will never forget you. God Bless!!

Love Clint and Julia Barnes
July 9, 2012
Debbie, Krysten, and Nathan,

It is with very great sadness that I have learned of Michael's passing. His Grandmother and I were very proud of him, his accomplishments, and the fine young man he had become. My sincere condolences to you and the family; you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bruce
Bruce Harris
July 8, 2012
I have only known mike for a short time since all of your famiy has moved into our ward. The thing that I will remember most about mike is the long talks we have had about the concern he ahs for his children, ecspecially the goals he wants for nathan to achieve. He is so getle, kind and loving to his cildren. What an amazing father. I will do my best to help nantan achieve the goals mike wanted for him. We wil surely miss u!!
ronda finch
July 5, 2012
I knew Mike from Hawthorn Elementary school, and had not seen him for well over 20 years. But if he was anything like the friend that I knew back then, he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. He was a kind, good person... and that is how I will remember him. My condolences to his family.
Robert Urry
July 4, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the Gallegos family. Mike was a wonderful friend. We'll miss his contagious smile and sense of humor.
Dorothy Fonua
July 3, 2012
Debbie,
We are so sorry for the loss of your husband Mike. He was a great man and was ao smart and loving, My husband coached with him at highland and cottonwood and we also went to the same church Wandamere ward. Our hearts go out to you and your beautiful children. You are so strong and if you need anything please let us know. Sorry we did not make it to the funeral we had just heard about this on Sunday. I remember Mike always had a smile on his face and was always so kind. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love Justin Nielsen and family
Justin Nielsen
July 3, 2012
Best Wishes to the Gallegos Family, and all of my former Highland Rams that lost a wonderful man. My thoughts, prayers, and best wishes are with you at this sad, and difficult time. PLEASE!!! DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!!
Wendie Hale Moran
July 3, 2012
Dear Debbie,

I have known Mike since we were 6 years old and I cannot imagine the world without him in it. Mike always made a point to keep in touch and see how things were going, he was genuinly a caring person who thought of others first. I know he loved you and his family more than anything! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Know that you could call us anytime if you wanted, I'm sorry I didn't know about the funeral but my heart and love is here for you.
Mary "O" Hargis
July 1, 2012
Coach Gallegos was my softball coach at Highland. He was a great mentor and coach. Condolences to his family, rest peacefully.
June 30, 2012
Mike was a great guy to everybody that came into his life. We didn't see each other that much, but he had a great way of keeping in touch.

To Debbie,
You're an amazing woman and I know you have the heart and mind to get through this, but if you ever need anything, I'm here. My thoughts, my prayers and all my love go out to you and your family.
Nicole Hale
June 29, 2012
Thank you for the great times! Your love of life lives on with each of us!

Highland Ram 1997
June 29, 2012
It's clear this gentle man's mission in life was to share his starlight with all who loved him. Light the way so others can find you Mr. Gallegos.
A Respectful Hillcrest Husky
June 28, 2012
Dear Debbie I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts are prayers are with you and you little ones at this time. I was Nathan nursery leader in the Wandamere ward and I was in awe how patient Mike and you were to him. now reading all these letter from people shows he was a man that alot of people looked up to. Because of watching you two, I am able to take care of my stepson that is autistic as well. Thank you for your examples.
Julie Araneda(Sheppick)
June 28, 2012
So tragic was this loss. Debbie, I am amazed by your strenth and faith. I do know a little bit how hard it is to go through the unthinkable. I am here to talk anytime and my prayers and thoughts are with you and your children. Love you!
Joelle Merriman
June 28, 2012
Debbie: We are thinking of you and your sweet children at this time. My husband and I both had the opportunity to work with Mike at Highland and see how he impacted the lives of so many people there. He will be missed.
Katie & Kalani Ieremia
June 28, 2012
Dear Debbie,
I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of and praying for you and your children. Not only did Mike and I work together, but we were also good friends. We were both avid Ute fans and we talked often about sports and food and, of coarse, work. He often spoke about you and always with love and respect and I know he adored his kids. He will be missed at Highland and we will always think of him as a RAM!
Crystal Whitehead
June 28, 2012
It was a privilege to meet and know Coach Gallegos. He will be missed. Rest in Peace

Hi Coach Gallegos this is Kaylee Nofi and I just wanted to let you know that you were a wonderful coach. At practice you made it fun for Berlynne and I so then we didn't get bored.I have learned alot from you. Rest in Peace.

Thank you for all the time you spent mentoring and coaching kids. The world needs more coaches like you. May God be with your family at this time.
Lisa Heath
June 28, 2012
Dear Debbie,
It was an honor to work with Mike. He will be missed. We love you and the kids. It was an honor to participate in the funeral. I felt a great spirit. We love you!
Paul Schulte
June 28, 2012
Knowing Mike from work at Highland High, I wanted to express my deepest sympathy at his going home so soon. Take comfort in that you will meet again. I will miss him.
Guy Parker
June 27, 2012
Debbie, My Prayers and love are always with you and the kids. Mike was a great brother in law and will be missed. Just remember that you will be together again one day. May God bless and comfort you in this time of trial. We love you Mike!! We will miss you always!! Oh, By the way: GO COUGARS!!!
Rodney and Leslie Peck
June 27, 2012
Dear Debbie and children,

Mike and I were classmates at Highland. I was very saddened to hear of his untimely passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord bless and sustain you during this difficult time.

My deepest sympathy,
Joseph Sheffield (Ramstein, Germany)
June 27, 2012
As I stood in the parking lot this morning and saw the Highland rock had been painted to an M it started to sink in you are gone. Knowing you for 19 years my deepest sympathy goes out to the family. You will be missed by a huge community of friends and colleagues.
Ted Condie
June 27, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gallegos family at this very sad time. May you be blessed with comfort and lots of love.
East High School
June 27, 2012
coach, you will be missed by soo many! but the cottonwood football team mostly! thank you for all you did for us! and to put so much into trusting us. and to sacrifice time with your family to help us grow and become better football players and to unite us as a family you will always be in our hearts! and we will play each game knowing you re watching! we can always use help from above!! we are cwood and you know everyone is against us.. you always gave us your respect and in return we will always take to heart what you taught us!! thank you coach we love you! R.I.P. are condolences go out to your family! when we meet again you will be there to coach us!
June 27, 2012
Mike was a very caring and passionate man who gave every ounce of energy to the kids he coached and the coaches and community he served. I could always get an honest and direct opinion from him which I always appreciated.
The Mouth of the South
June 27, 2012
Debbie,

I don't know if you remember me, but I am Holly Hills from Madison Elementary. JoLyn Birch told me about the passing of your husband. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Holly Fail
June 27, 2012
Estrella Gutierrez
June 27, 2012
I am so sorry Debbie there are more thoughts and prayers than you realize because of the amount of people he impacted with his sheer AWESOMENESS!
June 27, 2012
Debbie, I just learned of your husband's death. I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karen Derrick
June 27, 2012
Micheal and I survived K-12 together, even attending the hallowed South High for its last year. He was an ambitious and kind person who continued to give back to his community and friends as part of his life's mission. He is no doubt missed by many, especially his family. The world needs more like him.
Ian Scharine
June 27, 2012
Mike
Thank you so much for the years you spent coaching my daughter in softball at Highland. I appreciate the guidance you gave her when I couldn't always be there as a single mom.
Debbie and children...my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jeannie Poore (VanBibber)
June 27, 2012
Mike was such an important part of Highland and will be missed by faculty, staff, students and parents.

May God bless your family at this time.
Lorna Parkinson
June 27, 2012
Mike, I shall miss you we had lots of good times working together. . thanks for coming to hear my band play. The peace of the Lord be with you. your friend, J. D. Moffat
June 27, 2012
My Thoughts and Prayers go out to The Gallegos Family! Mike was such an amazing man and will be deeply missed by all that knew him.
J H
June 27, 2012
Will miss you coach. You're the best one we ever had. -Aly
Aly R
June 27, 2012
I don't know your family well, but I am sure you will be sorely missed. Your children will always miss their Daddy, and your wife will always miss her husband. I am so sorry! It was good to know you while I worked at Highland HS.
Cathy Linford
June 27, 2012
Mike,
I stand here looking for words to summarize who you were and who you were to me and I can't find them. I can say that you were true to yourself, a great friend, you had excellent taste in music although I kind of question some of it, and you never stopped telling me how much you loved your wife and children. I wish we had found the time to catch up. I'm sadden that your gone, but you will never be forgotten. You have touch many lives and helped so many kids. That my friend is your legacy. I'll catch you in the next life.
Mahala Peck
June 27, 2012
I went to Highland with Michael. He was too cool then, and obviously made huge impact on the lives of so many since! God bless--you and your family will be in our prayers!
Ruth Theodore Schreiner
June 27, 2012
Thank you Mike for the great spirit you brought to the wrestling room at Highland. My son Colton really liked you and will miss having you there.
You have impacted so many kids lives for good. I hope your family will find comfort knowing you are watching over them until you can be together again!
Shelly Goates
June 27, 2012
Mike, I am going to miss you!!!! Highland will not be the same with you gone. You have been such a vibrant and key player.
John Caldwell
June 27, 2012
Debbie, I am glad we have gotten to know your sweet family in our ward the last year. So many people love you! I pray for you every night! My family is here for you! Please call day or night!YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!
Andrea Smith
June 26, 2012
20 Year Reunion (Aug 2011)
I also went to Highland with Mike, and have thoes 20 year old memories of him. It was a pleasure to catch up with him at the reunion, he was a true highlight. My deepest sympathy for his family and friends.
James Barron
June 26, 2012
I was sad to hear about Mike's passing. I worked with Mike at Highland several years ago. I often saw him around Sugar House were he would show me pictures of his wonderful family. He was a proud father and a great friend. He will be missed.
Sarah Hill
June 26, 2012
Mike was a personable coach and we appreciated all the time he spent coaching the Highland Rams wrestlers especially our son Hayden Smith. I met Debbie at the year end wrestling banquet and told Mike he married "up"...he got a big grin and said "I sure did!" He was very proud of his famly. He will be missed by the whole Highland community.
Lori Smith
June 26, 2012
I'm glad to know you got seal in the temple, it comforts me to know that, because i know you will always be with your wife and kids through all the eternity! I cant believe you're gone but i know you're in a better place now. May Heavenly Father be with your family and feel his love and yours as well.
Pamela Perla
June 26, 2012
Coach,
It has been 17 years since I have seen you, but the work ethic and integrity that you taught me through football and wrestling have guided me through my years. You will be missed.
Russ Morrow
June 26, 2012
Debbie, Kyrsten, and Nathan,
Words cannot express the sadness we feel with the tragic passing of Michael. We are heartsick for you and the kids and know that Michael's love for you was great. He was a true friend to both of us, and Highland High School will not be the same. May you find peace in the knowledge of Eternal Families. You are in our prayers.
Paul and Carolee Tate
June 26, 2012
Thank you for the memories coach.

-Tato
June 26, 2012
Dear Gallegos Family,
In the early 1980's Cathy,Gil, Michael and Christina were our neighbors on Roosevelt Avenue. When my son was born Cathy had Michael give him many of his toys as she said he had out grown them. Cathy was always having Michael and Christina do things for my son. I have never forgotten the Gallegos Family and their kindness towards my family and have wondered about them throughout the years. I am very sorry to read of Michael's passing. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.
Linda Auwerda
June 26, 2012
Families are Forever! At this time of great loss I know you will see him again! He will be missed but never forgotten! Mike always had a smile for everyone! This is a tragic loss, but I know you will all be together again!
Amanda Johnson
June 26, 2012
Can't think of my days at Highland without thinking of Mike! What a great coach! So glad the H rock was painted as an M, I bet that made him smile. Praying for you Gallegos family!
-Jenny (Highland softball 1998-2000)
Jenny Stout
June 26, 2012
Such a sad thing to happen to a wonderful family. Prayers and condolences go out to you Debbie and your kids. I still remember how happy you were when you two met. I know it doesn't change the pain and sadness but you all will be together again one day and it will be forever.
Brigieta Smith
June 26, 2012
To the Gallegos Family,

I want to express my deepest condolences to you at this difficult time. I've known Michael since our days at South and Highland and have fond memories of him. I was so shocked to learn of his death. He will be greatly missed by all.
Lisa Fukushima
June 26, 2012
Dear Debbie, Kyrsten, and Nathan I am so sorry about the loss of your husband and father. Mike was an important part of Highland High and will never be forgotten. I will miss him.
Susan Wrathall
June 26, 2012
Mike, what a great friend and assistant you were to Ted. I enjoyed getting to know you and Debbie over the past 6 years. Debbie, I am so heartbroken over your loss. Mike was a wonderful man and coach and will be deeply missed in the Highland wrestling room. Please let Ted or me know if we can do anything for you.
Stacey Sierer
June 26, 2012
Though most of us were never blessed to have met this man. We are saddend by his passing. We wish his family the comfort of his memories be as strong as his love wa for you all. God bless, and please; don't drink and drive.
Copper Hills Football Team
June 26, 2012
Mike sure going to miss you, friends forever robb anderson
robert Anderson
June 26, 2012
Debbie-I was brokenhearted to hear about Michael's passing. I'm so sorry. Our prayers are with you and your kids.
Alecia and Mike Malmrose (from Wandamere)
Alecia Malmrose
June 26, 2012
The H Rock is now dedicated to Coach Michael Gallegos
Coach, You were a great friend to us all, and a great coach. In your honor, most Highland SBO's and I have painted the H rock to an M. You will be greatly missed. From me and the whole Student Body of Highland High.
Taylor Munroe
June 26, 2012
Mike. I'll never forget the times we all went dancing at the Ritz. You will be dearly missed.
Lisa Anderson
June 26, 2012
Mike, sometimes you just went far and beyond what a friend is. May you rest in peace. As you always were there to meet the needs of others. May your family have the faith till you meet again.
June 26, 2012
Mike You will be greatly missed
I am so sorry for your loss Debbie
but you and mike have come a long way just remember in your heart you will be together in heaven and forever It was a pleasure getting to know you and Mike. and If there is anything that I can do for you and your family Please do not hesitate to call.
Scott Thomas
June 26, 2012
Mike and I played football together and even though we lost touch I considered him a friend. Always made me laugh and made the game fun to play. Mike you will be missed! Hopefully God has a football team!
David Webb
June 26, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you Debbie.
Charee Peck
June 26, 2012
You will be deeply missed. You was such a great friend with such a BIG heart. My families prayers are with your family.
~LPS~
June 26, 2012
My deepest sympathy to all who knew Mr.Gallegos.I knew him thru highland highschool where my daughters graduated,had a few conversations,n always very respectful.God bless you n may our lord jesus christ embrace mikes family always.En espanol,baya con dios.
Marsha Pollock
June 26, 2012
Thanks for all the great memories and the great energy/enthusiasm that you brought to those that you served. My condolences to the family and may his memory be everlasting.
Keeko Georgelas
June 26, 2012
Mike-I will forever remember the "Lep" days and you chewing on plastic swords. You were always there for me & Dave! I can't believe this has happened. It's not fair. We miss you!! AK & Dave
June 26, 2012
I am so sorry to hear this. I knew Mike from Highland and spent some good time talking to him at our Reunion in August. What a neat guy. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and kids. Mike, Rest In Peace, until we meet again.
Kevin Kopaunik
June 26, 2012
To the Gallegos family,
We are truely sorry for the loss of your husband and father.There is never a good time to have someone taken from you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your little ones at this tragic time. May peace be with you.
The Bonella Family
June 26, 2012
I was so sorry to hear about this tragic loss. I worked with Mike at Highland and he was always helpful and kind. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. Mike will be greatly missed by many.
Lori Kopasz
June 26, 2012
You were a great man, thank you for the many years of teaching the game of football. You will be greatly missed.. R.I.P. Coach
-Cottonwood Football Boys
June 26, 2012
Just wanted to tell Mike's family how sorry I am to hear of his untimely passing. I went to Highland High with Mike and we graduated in 1991. I will always remember how good of a friend Mike was to me. May the Lord be with his family during this very difficult time. May peace be with you.
Kelly Moran
June 26, 2012
I don't know you here brother but i know you from the pre exsistence world you look so familiar but rest in peace your'e with the best man.(GOD)we pray for your dear wife and the children until we meet again:)The Maka family
June 26, 2012
Debbie, Kyrsten, and Nathan,

Words cannot express how sorry we feel for your loss and that Mike was taken so tragically and soon. We send our deepest condolences.

Mike was a great man and will be deeply missed by many including the Highland High School community and especially my father.

May the Lord bless and comfort you during this difficult time and forever.
Taylor and Alison (Tate) Poore
June 26, 2012
Mike,
You will be missed bro, peace be your journey until we meet again Brother. May our Heavenly Father comfort and bless your family during this time of grief. One Love Bro! I remember back in the days coaching at EAST High.

Coach Vince
Vince Tauanuu
June 26, 2012
I remember Michael from Highland High School, I was Teachers Aide there. So sorry to hear about Michael passing away. He was a very nice person. My Sympathy and Condolences go out to all his family at this sad time. May you all be comforted.
Bruce Barton
June 26, 2012
I have been robbed of a great friend for over 25 years. Til we meet again old friend. Love you alway. Families are forever. Big Rob Lapuaho.
Rob Lapuaho
June 26, 2012
Mike, I will miss your sense of humor and working with you at Highland.
My deepest sympathy to Debbie and the kids! Know you are cared about and prayed for.
May the Lord bless you during this difficult time.
Claudia Bellamy
June 26, 2012
Mike please shine an angel upon your family, for your leaving has left them with many unsaid goodbyes. May you find peace and all the love one needs in heaven.
June 26, 2012
Rest in peace coach.
Bravo Boys/ Cottonwood Colts
June 26, 2012
Mike, I love you and I will miss you. I will see you again. Thanks for being such a great friend. You are the best.

Debbie, Kyrsten, and Nathan, I am so sorry for you loss. We are praying for you. Thank you for being such a blessing in Mike's life.
Greg Wunderlich
June 26, 2012
Mike, you will truely be missed. There are so few people like you that would go out of their way to help his family and friends. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family and children.
Peggy Pearson
June 26, 2012
I had a chance to coach with Mike at Highland back when we were both starting out and played alot of footballl with him in our flag league. So sad to hear about his passing and my prayers go out to the family. Mike gave so much to the community in all his years of volunteer work. An example to all of us how much volunteer work and efforts can make such a positive difference.

Gene Baron
June 26, 2012
Debbie,
our prayers, love and support are extended to you and your little ones. Our Heavenly Father's plan will be in full force for you and your little family. May the Lord bless and keep you thru this difficult time. Conrad, Melody, Miranda, Nathan and Samantha Campos
Campos Family
June 26, 2012
Dear Debbie, we are so sorry to hear of the tragedy about Mike, may you and your children be comforted. We thought a lot of you two and your children. Mike was an excellent librarian for us and you too at church. It was nice to sit by you often. Thank heavens you know you will be with him again someday.
Delon and Karen Curtis
June 26, 2012
Mike you will be greatly missed, all of us will miss your friendship, my heart goes out to his wife Debbie and his young children , his sister Christina.
DeeAnn Pullman
June 26, 2012
Micheal was a wonderful man. May his family be blessed in this time of need.
Sarah Chambers/Ah You
June 26, 2012
Debbie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I know that this is a hard time for you. I will keep you in my prayers. I didn't know your husband but from what I heard he sound like a wonderfull man. May the Lord watch over you and your childen and comfort you through this.
Landon White
June 26, 2012
Debbie: I've been so impressed with the strength that you've shown. You are an amazingly strong daughter of God. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We will have to restart family reunions so that we can support one another better.
Nancy Stanley
June 26, 2012
Debbie,

I'm deeply saddended by your loss. Mike spoke with great love for you and your children. What a great blessing it is that you are bound together eternally. I will always be grateful for Mike's friendship at Highland High and the time he dedicated to coaching softball with my daughter Jenny. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Kerry Hardy
June 26, 2012
I'll never forget the talks Mike and I had while he was manning the library at church. Sometimes about his golf game, sometimes about football, sometimes about the Utes. Always good conversations because we both loved sports.

Debbie, I hope you can feel God's arms wrapped around you. Mike will be watching over you and your sweet family. Thanks for your faith and positive attitude. It's been amazing to see your reaction, you have been an example to me and many others.
Ben Arkell
June 26, 2012
Debbie,
Much pain and sorrow came my way on hearing of your loss. Mike was a good and loyal friend. I will miss him. God bless you and your children.
Coach Douglas Bills
June 26, 2012
Debbie, we were so sad to hear of Mike's passing. We hope you feel the many, many prayers being offered in your behalf. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time. Your strength and faith are amazing.
Hillary & Brian McCormack
June 26, 2012
Debbie, my heart is aching for you and your sweet family. May our Heavenly Father bless all of you with peace and comfort during this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kathryn (Moir) Murray
June 26, 2012
To Debbie and Children, Michael will be highly missed from Highland High School and by many students and and family members, especially his sister Christina Gallegos. Micheal was a member of the AFT Union also and will be highly missed.
Barbara Rae Gallegos
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