Dr. Michael “Mickey” Don Vaclav, 74, of Amarillo, TX died on Friday, July 23, 2021. We will not have services at this time due to COVID.
Mickey was born on June 17, 1947, in Pueblo, CO to John and Juanita Vaclav. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1965. He attended West Texas State University (A&M). He received his D.D.S. From Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. He served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. He has practiced dentistry in Amarillo since 1975.
Mickey married Marilyn Bangsund in Amarillo, Texas on July 19, 1968. They raised three kids, Leigh Ann, Michael, and Jonathan.
He loved many things: spending time with his grandchildren, traveling the world with his wife, golfing, fishing, cooking, playing craps in Vegas with friends, listening to music on the porch, drinking wine, planning family get-togethers, coached basketball for his children, taught Sunday School and so many more things. Mickey loved life and lived it large. We loved his big heart. Mickey was passionate about dentistry. He was a Past President of the Panhandle District Dental Association and Texas Dental Association. He was a Fellow in the American College of Dentists and a Fellow in the International College of Dentists. He was past chair of the Council on Dental Benefits Programs for the American Dental Association. He was given the Gold Medal for Distinguished Services for Texas Dental Association. He was President of Financial Services Incorporated (FSI) for Texas Dental Association. He was Chair of the Medical Care Advisory Committee for the Department of Health and Human Services for the State of Texas. He volunteered with Heal the City.
Mickey was preceded in death by his parents, John and Juanita Vaclav of Amarillo, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Bangsund; daughter, Leigh Ann Allison and three children, Cade, Zane, and Libby of Pearland, Texas; son, Michael Vaclav and wife Alison and five children, Elia, Austin, Emerson, Hannah, and Hazel of Austin, Texas; son, Jonathan “J” Vaclav and wife Jana and two children, Marik and Maggie of Durham, North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to Heal the City.