Adger Michael Noteman, (aka Mike or Adge), passed away at 06:22 on 06/22/2022. He was able to choose to remain home with his family, informally adopted neighborhood kids, and friends for his last three weeks. This extra time gave us time to let him know what a difference he has made in our lives.
Mike was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1947. He grew up in Plain City attending Jonathan ALder High School. There he developed his lifelong friendships through his involvement as captain of the football and wrestling teams.
He lived with his grandparents on their farm, where he learned his work ethics, and that his grandmother’s goose was something to keep an eye on and I seem to remember there was a rooster that didn’t take very kindly to him either.
When he graduated high school the Beach Boys were planting dreams of California and surfing, so he picked up and followed his dreams. He landed in Pasadena and managed the tire department of Firestone Tires. That is where he met Laurali Markham.
Mike and Laurali dated for 10 months when he was drafted in 1966 into the army spending 13 months serving in Thailand/Viet Nam building air strips and roads. They were married while he was home on leave in 1967 and began their lives together after he fulfilled his military commitments.
The couple moved to Kanab, Utah in 1974 with their 4-year-old son Duke. In 1977 came Rhett the middle child and in 1980 their daughter Ryan was born. Mike loved his kids and passed along a work ethic that has served them well. He loved going to wrestling matches and football games. Where on occasion he could be found with Mike Walker announcing the game.
In 1978/79 Mike joined the Kanab Fire Department. The Department and the men and families became his extended family. Our family life revolved around the department, the dedication he gave and the team he worked with clicked into and an extraordinary group of people. To a man and women, they made it their goal to make training a priority, to make sure they were as safe as possible with life-saving equipment. They served as a team taking pride in every aspect of the job. He retired from the department in late 1994.
As he had more free time, he and Laurali and the kids would spend it enjoying as much time out of doors exploring and camping as work would allow. As life progressed Mike and Laurali began horse packing into remote areas of southern Utah and Northern Az. They switched over to quads and then on to a side by side always enjoying the open spaces and quiet surroundings.
He was fortunate enough to be taught the mastery of cabinet making by Lowell Johnson. He and son Rhett worked the cabinet shop, and for a time Ryan worked along with them, creating cabinets and furniture throughout Kane County. Much of his work can be seen in our public buildings and well as private homes. He was a true master in his trade. Mike retired from building cabinets in 2021 but continued to make Hope Chests which he gifted to those young people in his life that had faced a struggle or touched his heart, then downsized to jewelry boxes that he gave to the special women in his life.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents Dale Otis Noteman and Nina Virginia Torbert and his granddaughter Charlee Jane Noteman. He is survived by his wife Laurali, son Duke (Danielle) Noteman, of Lehi, Utah, Rhett (Jill Kennedy) Kanab, Utah and daughter Ryan Noteman Fredonia Az., his grandchildren, Wyatt and Jesee Noteman, Mckay and Lincoln Phillips, Riley Noteman, Allee, Cody, Brooklyn and Wyatt Kennedy.
There will be a Celebration of Life on July 2 at the Kanab Fire Station #1, beginning at 11:00 AM with the American Legion doing Military Honors, and then moving inside for light refreshments a meet and mingle to share short and light- hearted stories. The Celebration will be concluded with a Last Call presented by Kanab Fire Department at 1:00 PM. The Fire Department members, past and present will be honoring Fire Chief Noteman further by placing his ashes in the lead fire truck during the July Fourth parade with his grandchildren riding with him. The Department has also made arrangements, for the Chief to be sent off with one of the larger fireworks that evening giving him a truly magnificent send off.
Mike’s family would like to offer a thank you to Dr. Ashton and his outstanding and caring staff, Dr. Lin with her follow-up calls to make sure I was doing alright, and her staff, all of the infusion nurses at the cancer clinic for their empathy and care. To Zion’s Way for helping with his final days. A great and heartfelt thank you to our own Emergency Department, who held my hand, consoled me and gave me comfort. Thank you to all of the friends and family who have been here to help and support us. A special note of thanks to our children and grandchildren who have taken every step of this arduous journey with us. And to all of the young people who were able to stop by and tell Adge what a difference he made in their lives. To the Mosdells for helping us create a ceremony that Mike would be comfortable with and would bring back into focus what a truly unselfish and honest man can do to make a change. Also, thank you to our volunteer as well as paid fire fighters and EMTs who so willingly accepted our requests with the enthusiasm of brothers in arms.
This is your cousin Danny. I am heart broken. There are no words to express our sorrow. We will always cherish the short time we spent together recently. Joni and I were given apart of Mike’s humble love while we were there visiting. The trip out to the canyon and the special cinnamon rolls and breakfast made for a king. I love reading about Mike’s life! Of course, we have been prayin for you and Mike, but the Lord made a special place and plans for Mike. He suffers no more. He is in a solemn place now. I can’t wait to see him when I arrive. We join with you in your grieving. My heart goes out to all the kids and grandkids that you have blessed through the years. Let me know if you want to talk or just listen.
Love you cousin,
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives Mike was always stern but honest you wouldn’t ask a question that you wouldn’t be ready for a honest and experienced awnser I truly learned so much about a man’s character watching him even as a young stupid kid you are a dying breed sir and the world is at a loss love you mike
Laurali…my heart ❤️ just hurts. You were my first Kanab friend. Mike was a gentle Giant among us.I am in Europe but my heart will be with you. Hugs and love to you and yours
This is Josh Burrows sorry to hear, he was a big part of my childhood
Laurali, I am sorry for your loss. Mike was an amazing guy. Or prayers are with you.
Had great respect for Mike, we were high school team mates. He was a very talented athlete. Haven’t seen him in years but I am truly sadden at his passing. RIP my friend, God bless.
Mike was my “first love” back in high school. He was a good guy then and apparently grew to become a very good man. My condolences, I understand the empty space left when you lose someone. Trish Vermes (Pat Hedrick)
Deepest condolences to you and your children Laurali. God Bless all of you and God Rest Mike’s soul
Laurali, I’m so sorry for your families loss. Mike was truly an amazing man and his legacy will always be remembered.
So sorry laurelie we lovedMike and you and your family.
I am very sorry for your loss. I remember the celebration of his 70th bday. We went camping and he gave me a bottle of tequila to translate the spanish message. When I finished we turned the box and there was the same message in English. We all laugh so much. To this day I don’t know if he was trying to prank or was just a funny moment. Like you said, he was a reserved person. My sincere condolences.
Laurali and Family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Mike’s passing, probably just coincidence that a friend of mine was in Kanab recently and somehow heard about it and sent me an email. It is strange that I can remember Mike from the days in Pasadena to his days in Kanab, seems like he never changed! He always had a “Great Outlook on Life” and a positive “Go Get EM” attitude. I was also always amazed at the knowledge and skills he possessed in so many different areas, seemed like he had an answer for everything! I really enjoyed spending time with you and Mike on my trips through Kanab in the past, he was a real character and a joy to know, I will miss him also. YOU and Mike have done an exceptional job with your children and grandchildren and I know they will provide you with comfort and support during this most terrible time. God Bless You Laurali, I will be praying for you.