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[The Mayor establishes a day of official mourning for the death of Don Migiel Ortuño Palao, Official Chronicler of Yecla (18/12/2020)

Miguel Ortuño Palao.

In memoriam "I want tomorrow to be increasingly fair, beautiful and supportive." Miguel Ortuño Palao left his wish written in the foreword to his book Yecla, d aad a (1991).

A wish that he has kept active until he is more than 19 years old.

Today, Don Miguel has died in Yecla, his hometown and the place where all his books were forged.

The place of his masterful teaching, of his research inspiration and of his friendly gatherings.

Meritorious professor, renowned writer and excellent speaker, Miguel Ortuño Palao has been a distinguished academic numerary of the Real de Alfonso X el Sabio, whose admission took place in Yecla in 1981, being the first time that the Academy left Murcia to carry out the assembly of the appointment.

The biography of the priest-bishop Antonio Ib ñez Galiano focused his admission speech at the aforementioned academy.

An exceptional study republished in November 2019 as part of the collection of commemorative publications of the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the basilica of La Pur sima de Yecla.

A work that can be considered the last of the assignments to which he dedicated his investigative tasks, together with the reports he made on the new image of the Shield of the city of Yecla, recently officially presented.

Such was the respect and dedication of Miguel Ortuño to the academic institution that attended, for the last time, the ordinary session of the Plenary of the Academy, held on June 5, 2018.

Likewise , Miguel Ortuño Palao was appointed Official Chronicler of the City of Yecla by the Plenary of the City Council in 1982, which also awarded him the Gold Medal, the highest municipal honor granted by the Yecla consistory for the first time in its history.

Rooted in the Catholic faith and defender of public institutions and the Spanish State, Miguel Ortuño was characterized by being avid reader, honest historian and notable scholar.

He is considered one of the best connoisseurs of the history of Yecla and the 14 books published and the hundreds of articles, conferences, lectures and collaborations of a literary, historical and biographical nature account for this.

all his bibliography.

Yecla's cultural trajectory over the last 75 years is linked to Miguel Ortuño Palao, who was the first director of the Municipal House of Culture and professor of Spanish Language and Literature and teacher of more than 5,000 Secondary Education students.

and Baccalaureate at the Azor n Institute of Yecla.

A consequence of his great intellectual and educational projection is that a school and a street in Yecla are labeled with his name, thus recognizing his contribution to the teaching and historical research of his native town.


His full collaboration and dedication in the social and cultural development of the city does not go unnoticed among the minutes and summaries, taking part in commissions related to the Municipal Library and the Historical Archive, the Patron Saint Festivities of the Virgen del Castillo and other entities such as the Savings Bank, the Piarist Fathers, the parish of San José Artesano or the congregation of Conceptionist nuns that remained from 1875 to 2016 in the cloistered monastery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Yecla.

Yecla always If Miguel Ortuño has devoted himself to researching the historical origins and traditions of the city of Yecla, loyalty to his family and admiration for his friends and colleagues has been just as important for him.

He always boasted of having been born in the house of "Cruz de la Matona", in Quevedo street, in the heart of the medieval street of the city.

That house that illustrates the cover of the book The names of the streets of Yecla (2003), which Miguel Ortuño published together with Carmen Ort n Marco, his wife and life, teaching and research partner.

Both also published the Dictionary of Speech of Yecla (1999).

And they raised and educated their five children, Miguel, Fernando, Mari Paz, Ignacio and Inma.

Because family has been fundamental for Miguel Ortuño.

He has dedicated time, effort and love to the family, his wife, his five children and his eight grandchildren.

They remember how Don Miguel taught them the curiosities of the Spanish language after dinner, and they learned to conjugate irregular verbs, and to know the meaning of strange words and suggestive synonyms, and the rarity of Spanish gentilic.

Miguel Ortuño was also passionate about travel.

Although he never had a driving license, he visited all the provinces of the Iberian Peninsula, especially each of its capitals, studying their history and investigating possible relationships with the city of Yecla.

Because Miguel Ortuño has been precise, meticulous and disciplined in his work as a historian and as a chronicler, with fidelity to the sources and with true affection for his people.

Until his last days, Miguel Ortuño cultivated that very Spanish habit of socializing and coffee with friends.

Long talks focused on any current political, religious, social, literary, artistic, festive topic of everything and with everyone he spoke.

And to those who wanted to contrast data for their research, expand the bibliography for their studies, know the genealogy of their surnames, request a presentation or a prologue for a publication, or consult any other matter, to them Don Miguel also received and attended in the amazing study room and library of his family home, with simplicity and kindness; with a courtesy almost unknown in our days and an endearing treatment worthy of admiration.

For all this, hundreds of grateful yeclanos will always remember him.

And so the intense and long life of Miguel Ortuño Palao has passed, between devotion, enthusiasm, rigor, admiration and knowledge; between books, classrooms, archives, temples, desks, classrooms and gatherings.

An illustrious and illustrated character.

A yeclano by birth and by conviction.

Sit terra levis.

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Source: Ayuntamiento de Yecla

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