Michael Ryan Ortega (Anetâheveoo’e “Stands Different”) was called home suddenly in the early morning hours on August 30 2012 in a one car accident north of Colstrip.
Michael Ryan Ortega was born prematurely to Damson and Stella Ortega on May 19, 1986 in Denver, Colorado weighing in at a whopping 1lb 13oz. Despite his small demeanor growing up Mikey had a personality that could light up a room. Mikey was raised in Denver Colorado where he attended elementary school at Valley View, middle school at John Dewey and graduated from Skyview High school in 2005. He participated in pee wee football, tae kwon do, and little league baseball during his elementary years and played football during his middle school years. He also enjoyed fishing with his dad and brother whenever he could. Every summer Mikey and his family would make the seven hour drive to visit their Montana family for a couple weeks. He would stay with his Gramma Mokee and Grampa Charles. He loved to spend time with his Uncle Pascal with whom he shared many of the same interests. Mikey also had adventures hunting with his little brother Dominic and uncles Eric, Ivey, and Clayton. He enjoyed getting into trouble with his brother Dominic and cousins Kitty and Wonky in Gramma’s backyard. Family get togethers were always a good time for him to show off his dance moves with his auntie Janelle, many of which were played out at Grampa Emmett’s house.
After graduating Mikey worked a variety of odd jobs, his most recent, being a spotter for the Greenfield Logistics Company in Los Alamos NM with his dad and brother. He was a hard worker and enjoyed keeping busy in life. Mikey was very close to his mom, Stella who he loved spoiling along with his little sister Chloe in his spare time. Mikey was a very handsome young man and embraced it by “sculpting his guns” as he called it and shopping for clothes. He enjoyed fast cars and driving anywhere, even if it was only uptown.
Mikey was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 21, but he never let that stop him from enjoying good spicy food. You wouldn’t know it by his appearance but Mikey loved to eat, especially home cooked meals by his mom and auntie Brenda. He loved to bbq and would use any excuse for the family to get together and have a meal. Mikey loved being the center of attention and always enjoyed making everybody laugh whether by teasing or telling stories. You never knew what to expect when Mikey was around, he could bust out singing at any moment, and in any style he wished without notice. He was a remarkable and likeable young man and wasn’t afraid to say ‘I love you’. Mikey had an easygoing personality and always made time to visit and see what you were up to. He loved his family and friends very much and never hesitated to help out. He loved to be a big brother to his siblings and cousins especially baby Cedar, whom he taught numerous ninja and cool dance moves this summer. Mikey was very genuine and made a positive impact on whomever he came in contact with. He was proud of his Northern Cheyenne heritage and respected the traditional ways of our people.
He was very memorable to everyone he met and will be greatly missed.
Michael was preceded in death by his Grandma and Grandpa Ortega, his auntie gummy Katherine Shoulderblade, uncle Maynard Timber and aunties Raquel Timber, Vincynthia Shoulderblade, and younger cousin Natalie Rose all welcomed him home. Mikey leaves behind his mother Stella, and father Damson, younger sister Chloe and younger brother Dominic Ortega all of Colstrip MT, older brothers Damson Ortega III and Mario Ortega of Denver CO. Maternal grandparents Marcelline and Charles Littleoldman of Lame Deer, Emmett and Maybelline Timber of Muddy Cluster. Uncles Eric(Brenda) Timber, Ivey (Barb) Timber, Park(Sheri) Timber,Pascal Shoulderblade, Clayton Whiteman, Michael Ortega of Denver… Aunties Janelle(Brian) Jones, Misty Timber, Maria Shoulderblade, Tina Littleoldman, Charlene Littleoldman, and Lori; his best friends Lucas Gomez, Tyler Hamm…He is also survived by several aunties, uncles, cousins and friends too numerous to name.