Dr. Michael F. Alvord passed away on Friday, July 31, 2015. Mike died from complications of colon cancer and left us far too early and unexpectedly. Mike was born on Oct. 4, 1946, in Helena, Montana. He lived a very full and rich life and will be deeply missed by the hundreds of lives that he touched.
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Mike graduated from Helena High School (1965), Montana State University (1969), and Creighton Dental School in Omaha, Nebraska (1973). Mike married Pamela Boughn in Helena in 1969 and they moved to Omaha shortly thereafter for dental school. Mike and Pam lived in Stuttgart, Germany for three years after dental school where Mike served in the Army as an officer and dentist. They returned to Bozeman in 1976 where Mike started a thriving dental practice. Mike continued to practice dentistry until 2011 when he retired.
Mike and Pam have two amazing sons, Nathan and Joshua. Nathan lives in Portland with his wife, Kate, and children, Delaney and Max. Joshua lives in San Diego. All of the Alvord family spent much time together, sharing vacations and visits whenever possible. For the past 30 years Mike and his family vacationed in Hawaii for several weeks every spring, making incredible, adventuresome memories.
Mike was a beloved husband, father, brother-in-law, and Bozeman community member. He was a huge supporter of the MSU Bobcats, an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman, Harley rider, skier, and most recently, a paddleboard enthusiast. Mike lived life to the fullest, always appreciating and cherishing his family, friends and nature. His enthusiasm for life was contagious to all those who surrounded him. We are certain there has never been a single person who didn't like Mike. He was incredibly generous, loving, and supportive. Nothing made him happier than to be surrounded by immediate and extended family. He had a deep abiding friendship with the many others who loved him so.
Mike is survived by his 94 year-old father-in-law, Kent Boughn, and his loving extended family – sister-in-law, Debbe Tucker (Steve) and their children, Tyler and Seth; sister-in-law, Sandy Ameel (Tim) and their children, Britta and Kristen; brother-in-law, Jay Boughn (Jen) and their children, Cami (Dave) and Levi. In December 2014, Mike joyfully found his four half-brothers, Lonnie Kelly (Pam); Terry Kelly, deceased (Ginny); Tim Kelly (Sheree); and Rod Kelly (Deb); and his half-sister, Karen Kelly Pearson.
His parents, Bill and Gladys Alvord, and his mother-in-law, Joyce Boughn, preceded Mike in death.
Mike loved to build gigantic bonfires, symbolic of the manner in which he affected others and how he lived his life. And now, those bonfires will burn forever in the hearts of those who loved and adored him.
A memorial service has already taken place.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 7, 2015