Michael J. Oâ€™Dette, a big man with a big heart, passed away Nov. 1, 2010, at the University of New Mexico Medical Center. He was born to Herbert and Evelyn Oâ€™Dette on July 10, 1950, in Providence, R.I.
He is survived by his parents; his loving wife, Jerry M. (Witt-Bates) Oâ€™Dette; sister, Patti, and her husband, Dan Lein; niece, Amy Little, and her daughter, Hanna, all of Connecticut; stepdaughters, Gaylie Corens and Sevie D. Bates; mother- in-law, Helen Witt; and many dear friends including his ex-wife, Kathy Oâ€™Dette. A very special thanks to Sharon and Joe Valdez, who are dear friends and were always there in his time of need. Michael was a member of the Single Action Shooting Society, the Antique Tractor Club and Pecos Valley Agriculture Assn. Michael moved here from Connecticut because of his love for this state and all things Western.
He was an aircraft mechanic by trade and was employed by Aersale. Michaelâ€™s favorite charity was the Humane Society. A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel. Michael was cremated according to his wishes. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory.
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