Michael Ybanez went home to the Lord Friday, Jan. 20, in Pagosa Springs. He was 62 years old.
Michael was born Oct. 23, 1954, to Adolpho G. and Ingrid Franciska (Abstreiter) Ybanez in Colorado Springs. Growing up, he lived in Kentucky, Texas and Colorado and at a young age, he served in the U.S. Army. Michael was a master woodcrafter and woodworker. He and Kristi moved to Pagosa and built the home of their dreams and she preceded him in death after 20 years of marriage.
Michael loved all outdoor activities and especially hiking with his family. In addition to his amazing woodworking and carpentry, he was a gifted landscaper, loved to play guitar and worship with his church family.
He is remembered by son Chris (Teresa) Lee; his daughter, Mellane (West) Davies; grandchildren: Katriel, Evan and Avianna Davies, and Alex Lee; brothers Edward (Sue) and George (Kathleen) Ybanez; sister Ramona (Jeff) Singleterry; numerous nephews, nieces, extended family and many friends.
He is reunited in death by his wife, Kristi; his parents; and a brother, Richard Ybanez.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society.