Michael Anthony Mestas was born in Boulder, Colorado and passed away June 28, in Grand Junction, Colorado at the age of 70. Michael joined the United States Navy at the age of 17, serving four years during the Vietnam War. He was a previous commander for the VFW Post #2841 in Brighton, Colorado. He had a special place in his heart for POW/MIA, Vietnam veterans, and community outreach. Michael loved all kinds of music. He started playing the saxophone at an early age, continuing to play during his service in the Navy and in a band for many years later. He enjoyed his family, friends, and fishing. He spent his retirement working with wild horses, looking for arrowheads, listening to the oldies, and creating art. His favorite spot was his backyard where he and Carol spent their best times. Michael is survived by his companion, Carol Barefoot; his children, Angela Siefken, Christopher Mestas, and Maya Weir, and eight grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will take place August 3, 2019, at the Grand Junction VFW, 1403 Ute Avenue, from 12 - 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Colorado Make-A-Wish Foundation .