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.