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Adan Wayne Mitchem-Sanchez

Adan Wayne Mitchem-Sanchez, age 42, of Peoria, Arizona, passed away on May 22nd 2020. Adan was born on February 14th 1978 to Amanda Mitchem and Tommy Sanchez. Adan grew up in Safford, Arizona, where he graduated from Safford High School.

Adan was a “yes person” he was always ready for adventure. Whether it was going sky diving, taking out the jet skis to see how fast he could go, or jumping into the freezing water at Yosemite Falls on a dare, Adan was always ready for the adventure. He had a sarcastic sense of humor that drove his dad wild with his eye rolls, “really?” and “seriously?” comments. He was, also, full of love and saw the best in everyone. He was always the first to forgive and had unlimited patience for those he loved. Adan was both the rock and the glue for those in his life. If something went wrong or you needed help, Adan was the person to call.

In 1999 Adan met Michael Mueller at Nu Towne Saloon and they quickly fell in love. Adan was the yin to Michael’s Yang. Adan had a balancing quality to his personality. He brought a sense of patience, love, and order into the lives of those he loved. He was a planner and a dreamer and was always trying to help those he loved grow. Adan and Michael could often be found cruising on central or down Scottsdale with the top down blasting their music in one of Adan’s many “toys”. Casada or John Wayne were a staple during their drives.

He loved to learn and was never without a new project. He loved to learn and stay busy. He loved working on his cars, crafting, building gardens, and dressing up his dog Brody. Adan had a Tik Tok and made sure that for every comment, like or follower he got he checked in with them. He used his platform for good. He spread kindness, love, and joy to others at every chance he got.

Adan is survived by his partner of 21 years Michael Muller, his father Tommy Sanchez, sister Samantha Sanchez, niece Willow Sanchez, nephew Mateo Carl Martinez- Sanchez and dog Brody. A public viewing will be held on June 1st 2020 at Thompsons Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Adan’s name with the Ryan White Foundation.

18 Comments on “Adan Wayne Mitchem-Sanchez

  1. Adan, you will be greatly missed. I will always cherish the times we spent together. You were always just a phone call away.

  2. Adan every once in awhile you would pop into my mind and wonder what you were doing

  3. It has been an honor to serve your family during this difficult time. May your memories of Adan bring you peace.

  4. Adan, you & your family accepted me into your family right away. You always showed me kindness & I always knew if I ever needed you that it wouldn’t matter when or where you would be there. You were instrumental in helping me with the loss of your Uncle Ralph. You could certainly make me laugh! It was a joy watching you grow & find love. Your heart was huge & you were larger than life. Thank you for being a part of my life. Your family & friends have you in heaven & all of us who are still on earth who knew you have you in our hearts
    Always, Aunt Cindy

  5. Adan I will always remember you and your fun and loving personality. It was always just fun being being around you. It’s true you were always ready for adventure. You left behind many who love you including Michael and your dad who are finding your passing especially difficult. May they find peace in every memory of you. You may be out of sight but never forgotten. Love you Adan

  6. To the Sanchez family,
    It broke my heart to this today… to Tom and Sam… it been too long and you all are in my prayers. Love you guys….

    Curtis Peralta

  7. Adan tended bar for me for a bit when he got out of the Coast Guard. Fun loving guy with lots of confidence! I’m sorry Mr. Sanchez. My condolences to his family.

  8. I hadn’t seen you in a very long time but I thought if you all the time. I have a lot of fun happy memories if you. It made me really sad when ur Mom Cindy told me, I was actually shocked. Still hard to believe your gone, but You will not b forgotten. God Bless Tom and the rest of the Sanchez family and be with them I this time is sorrow 🙏😘🦋Love to you my Dear Friend.! Virginia Romero

  9. Adan you were such a great person and friend I’m so very glad I got to meet you and you free spirit. Mr Sanchez and family we are so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ryan and Damian Vizcarra Lisa Herrera

  10. You were a great person and always had that glowing smile. It’s sad to hear that your gone now. We have all grown and got separated from each other. But now more than ever, I will carry on with your smile from heaven. May you be joyous with all the angels up there 💔

  11. Tom, Aiden’s death breaks my heart. I remember Aiden as a sweet and loving boy who I was fortunate to have in my Cub Scout den. He was a caring boy. Aiden’s loss is so poignant to me. I lost Dan when he was 42years old. May light perpetual shine upon Aiden. Dollie Moir

  12. Dear Tom and family,
    I think the last time I talked to Adan was when he was about to join the Coast Guard. He was always such a handsome and friendly young man. He was a familiar face around Lafe Nelson and liked by everyone. I am so terribly sorry for your loss.

  13. Adan, you were a ray of sunshine, with an occasional cloud, every time you came to our classrooms. I watched you grow from a baby to graduating from high school. I’m so glad you found love and a happy life. God bless you.

  14. Tom, So sorry to hear about Adan. Prayers and hugs at this painful time. Diane and Steve Junion

  15. Tom, James and I are so sorry to hear about your loss of Adan. Praying for comfort for your family.

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