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Dr. R. Michael Canjar

September 12, 1953 ~ May 7, 2012 (age 58)
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Uncle Milt and Aunt Maxine

Dear Elaine, We are so sorry to hear of Mikes passing,wish we could be there for the funeral for support. Wish we lived closer we would for sure make it but time wise its impossible to make . Our prayers go out to you. Love Milt and Maxine

Al Rogers

Mike will be deeply missed by his many friends at BJ21.


I wish I'd have known him better. A great man who will be missed by many.

Jim Drebach

Sorry to see you pass, an Electrical Engineer classmate. I fondly recall your dad inviting all the new incoming engineers over to your dads house. As we began our Engineering education.


I loved Mike's posts on They were incredibly informative, easy to read, and very personable. I learned so much just following his conversations and trying to adopt his approach to the game and his outlook on life. I wish I had met him. My condolences to his family.

Dr. Jon A. Lacey

Elaine, please accept our fondest wishes for you during these difficult days. I was priveleged to baptize Mike and to share with him his wit and wisdom. Please don't be a stranger.

Stanford Wong

Mike Canjar was affectionately known in the blackjack community as MathProf. He was highly respected for his wisdom, and for his ability to communicate that wisdom. He was beloved for being so willing to share his insights with others. His words live on, and through them he will be remembered for a long time.

One blackjack website Mike frequented was It awards a $100 prize each month for that month's best post, as selected by the membership. Mike won Post of the Month an astounding 16 times. To put that in perspective, nobody else has won BJ21's Post of the Month more than six times.

Mike's friends on BJ21 remember him for more than his ability with mathematics and logic. Attorney Bob Loeb wrote: "Mike was a student of music and a poet. He was politically savvy, and knew more gambling law than even some of the lawyers here. And we will all miss his math analyses, couched in his own creative spelling."

Wisereyes wrote: "Mike had a real zest for life. When I picture Mike even today, that's how I picture him. Engaging, interesting and interested, and juggling a lot of balls. Mike had an active mind which he could scarcely contain, going from one thing to the next. I always felt that Mike a" though he was interested and engaged in the conversation or topic of the moment a" was ready to dash on to the next activity, as if he didn't want to miss out on anything. He had a passion for life and a passion for living. Mike's teaching style was engaging and compelling, filled with stories, and a lot of humor."

Other members of the BJ21 community describe Mike with the adjectives gracious, calm, polite, kind, warm, and generous, and note that Mike donated his blackjack winnings to charity.

To me, Mike was such a good friend that he seemed like family. I miss him.

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