Husband, father and retired elementary school teacher, Michael D. Alldredge returned to the presence of his loving father in Heaven on the morning of March 21, 2023 at the age of 70 at Friendship Village Inpatient Care Home, Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, Arizona.
Mike was born on November 02, 1952 and was the first of four children to parents David Evans Alldredge and Marlene Hamblin in Mesa, Arizona. Mike was raised in the heart of Mesa and graduated from McClintock High School in 1971. Mike grew up and was a very devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He had a very personal and deep relationship with his Savior, Jesus Christ and he loved in his spare time studying and writing notes about the gospel and scriptures. His family would often comment and joke about the length and depth of Mike’s family prayers, but each and every prayer that Mike gave was heartfelt and personal to him. Mike served a two year mission for the church in the Texas North mission based in Dallas. Mike loved his mission- he loved teaching and sharing the knowledge he had of the gospel.
After serving his mission, Mike lived the bachelor life for several years playing sports (baseball and football), spending time and making life-long memories with family and friends. He finally made the decision that he needed to find a companion and was introduced to his church home teaching companion’s sister, Tana Nielson. Mike and Tana were married on December 09, 1989 and were blessed with 2 daughters, Alicia and Amy.
Mike worked in the construction field, plastering pools for years until he made the decision to go to college to complete a degree. Mike earned his education degree at ASU in May of 1996 and completed his Masters at NAU in December of 2002. Mike began his teaching career teaching junior high on the Indian reservation in Sacaton, Arizona. He loved the students and staff he worked with in Sacaton and often spoke of the love he had for the people there. Mike began teaching in the Gilbert, Arizona school district in 2001 teaching 6th grade and that is where he remained for the entirety of his career. Mike was the best version of himself in the classroom and was a very devoted teacher. On one occasion that his daughters often reminded him about, Mike’s two daughters went to his classroom on his birthday during the school day to take donuts to his class. When they walked into the classroom, Mike grabbed a chair, stood on top of it and led his class in singing while he also belted out the happy birthday song to himself. This was a side of their dad his daughters had not seen before and did not let him forget.
Not many people knew because it wasn’t something that Mike shared other than at home or on certain occasions, but he had an incredible singing voice and loved to aggravate his daughters first thing in the morning with his loud, cheerful singing. The things that Mike’s closest family and friends love and remember most about Mike are his homemade bean burritos, biscuits & gravy, and his love and passion for discussing politics and religion, his jeep rides, his gardening, his love and knowledge of proper gun handling, and his love of movies and food.
Mike was preceded in death by his beloved Grandma Thora, whom he often spoke of and deeply loved, and was also preceded by both his parents. Mike is survived by his wife- Tana, his two daughters- Alicia and Amy, his son-in-law- Jourdan, his three grandchildren- Lily, Parker and Dawson, and his three younger siblings- Dennis, Leigh ann, and Leslie.
Mike’s memorial service visitation will begin at 9:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints located at 1345 E University Dr. in Mesa, Az 85203 and will be followed by a funeral service beginning at 10:00 AM. Mike will then be placed to rest at the City of Mesa Cemetery following the funeral service.
Special thanks to the nurses and caretakers at Friendship Village Inpatient Care Home for taking special care of Mike, and his wife, and making Mike’s final moments in this life a peaceful and spiritual experience.
Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.
Our children were so sad to hear of the passing of your husband, father and brother. Our boys referred to him as BIG MIKE. Mike came to visit us in Texas, and left a lasting impression on our children. Our love to Tanna , the girls and family.
I worked with Mike for 2 years at Highland Park Elementary. We taught 6th grade together. He made me laugh and had a fun sense of humor!
My deepest condolences to Michael’s wife and daughters. May he rest with our Lord. May God bless and comfort his family.
I love this obituary. It made me see and understand more a very loving and tender cousin. May Tana and family feel great comfort and peace from our Heavenly Father.
so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He is my cousin and I have spent many-a-year w/ his family as we grew up. Leigh Ann and I had many fun times together.
I first met Mike when I came to Carol Rae Ranch in 2004 as the Dean of Students. Two years later Mike opened Highland Park with me. Mike cared so much about his students and coworkers. I knew I could always count on Mike and am blessed to have had Mike at Highland Park for nine years. My condolences to Tana and the family.
I opened Highland Park with Mike and was lucky enough to be his teammate for five of the 7 years that I worked there. I LOVED how passionate he was for Carolina’s tortillas and his bean burritos. Mike was very “father-like” to his team. He offered advice, told stories about his younger days and checked in with us to make sure we were all taken care of. Mike had a very soft demeanor, and very little seemed to bother him. I am so sorry for the loss of Mike and hope that his family finds comfort in all of the wonderful memories they have of Mike.
We were so sad to hear about Mike’s passing. We have faint but fond memories of family reunions and other family gatherings with Mike and family. We pray that Tana, the children and grandchildren will be able to hold onto wonderulf memories of Mike’s life and carry those with them when we all are able to gather together again on the other side of the veil. Our deepest condolences and love to your family.