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Michael Dolby Obituary
Michael Wright Dolby "Coach"
February 11, 1939 - August 23, 2014
Michael Wright Dolby, AKA "Coach," died August 23, 2014, in Boise, Idaho; he was 75. Mike was one of five children born to Frank and Bernice Dolby in Olympia, Washington.
Growing up in Hoquiam, Washington, he excelled in football, earning a scholarship to Oregon State University in Corvallis. While at OSU he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and graduated with a degree in Industrial Arts and a Masters in Teaching. He was the recipient of the 1961 OSU Beavers Attitude and Scholarship Award.
Following graduation, The Eugene Bombers, part of the Continental Football League, recruited Dolby as a player. He later joined their coaching staff, beginning a 35-year career devoted to teaching and coaching football. His successful career took him to his alma mater OSU, where he was assistant coach, defensive line coach, and defensive coordinator. He later coordinated the defense at San Jose State University, Northern Arizona University, and University of Nevada Reno. He then moved to The Oakland Invaders as their defensive line coach. He culminated his coaching career as head coach of The Humboldt State University Lumberjacks.
After retiring from HSU, Mike entered the world of business sales. Fred Anderson, the owner of Pacific Coast Building Materials, was considering Mike for the head coaching position of a new league in Sacramento, CA. When it was determined that a team was not going to develop, he decided that he would find a different position to utilize the unique talents he saw in Mike Dolby.
He selected Dolby to develop a new team to sell Basalite Landscape Products in Northern California. Ultimately, through Dolby's success, sales spread into Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Mike was a class act, always seeking better ways to represent the product and increase sales. He used his coaching ability to develop a quality team that reached levels that have never been matched in the United States or the global market. Mike had a saying, "It only takes a little more to go first class." He always contributed well beyond what was expected of him in anything he tackled.
Often called a Renaissance Man, Mike was a gifted artist - his creativity extended to metalwork, woodworking, jewelry and stained glass, in addition to building five custom homes and carving a full-sized carousel horse. His myriad talents were extraordinary and diverse.
A loving husband and father, Mike and his wife Judie, were married 35 years. He leaves six children and 19 grandchildren. He was a wonderful father who gave of himself in many ways. He passed on his convictions, strengths, and most of all his ability to express and show his love. They will be forever blessed and changed by having had him in their lives. He will be greatly missed by his family, his loyal pup, Oliver, and the many of us whose lives he has touched.
A vigil service will be held 5:30 pm, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at St. John's Cathedral. The funeral mass will be celebrated 10:30 am on Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. John's Cathedral. Burial will follow at the Pioneer Cemetery.
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Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 31, 2014
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