John Michael McCanlies
1934 - 2020
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Dr. John Michael "Mike" McCanlies, 85, died March 1, 2020 in Austin, Texas. He was born September 30, 1934 in Overton, Texas to Elroy and Ida McCanlies of Austin, TX. He attended high school in Jourdanton, Texas, and college at University of Texas in Austin, Texas, receiving his Dental degree specializing in orthodontics In 1958. He started his first Orthodontic practice in Farmington, NM in 1960.

Mike married Louise Melton on December 23, 1962 in Farmington, NM. After moving to Durango in 1968, he continued his orthodontic practice, which he sold upon retirement in 1996.

Mike loved Durango and all it had to offer. His passions and hobbies included fishing, skiing, biking, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

Mike is survived by his sister, Linda Sykes (her husband Norman and 1 niece and 3 nephews) of Houston, TX; his wife Louise McCanlies of Austin, TX; son Mike McCanlies Jr. (his wife Laura and daughter Alex) of Austin; TX; his daughter Monica Gaskamp (her husband Robert and daughter Sierra) of Casper, WY; his daughter Erin MCanlies (her husband Fred Frasch and son Sam Frasch) of Morgantown, WV; and son Mick McCanlies (his wife Karen) of Temple, TX.

Memorial contributions can be made to Alzheimer's Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL.17 Chicago, IL 60601.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Mar. 3, 2020.
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March 22, 2020
Dr. McCanlies was my orthondontist and also gave me my smile in 1966. I remember going to his office in Farmington once a month to get adjusted. He was a very kind man and we were so happy when he moved to Durango. My sympathy goes out to his family.
Carol Allan
March 5, 2020
I loved Mike and his infectious laugh as he and my father conspired about something. I hope they are enjoying a beer together again. I will always have my memories of summer at Lake Electra, smoked trout, fishing, and more. I send my love to Louise, Monica, Erin, Mickey, Mile Jr and their families. I hope you are all comforted by your memories of happy times.
Monica Mullen
March 5, 2020
Mike was a fine orthodontist, a friend and mentor. He took me fishing at Electra lake which resulted in my joining Electra Sporting Club where he was a leader. He treated his patients well.
Carl Johnson
March 3, 2020
Dr. McCanlies gave me the smile I've enjoyed since 1960. Condolences, peace & love to his family.
S. A. Smith
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