Michael Dozette, 83, lifelong Alaska resident, died March 10, 2013, at Alaska Native Medical Center after a short bout with pneumonia. Mike was born in Nenana, on May 18, 1929, to Louis and Nina Dozet.
Along with his siblings, he attended school in Eklutna and Fairbanks. His family lived in Nenana and Healy. He enlisted in the Army in 1951, and for two years was stationed at Big Delta in the Army Test Branch. He was active reserve for five years after that.
He met and married the love of his life, Gloria, in 1957 in Fairbanks, and together had three children. They lived in Fairbanks until 1967, when the flood destroyed the family home and they then moved to Anchorage. They were married for more than 51 years.
He was one of the originators of the Yukon 800 Marathon boat race in Fairbanks. Along with five to eight of his friends, they planned an annual race starting in Circle and refueling in Tanana. Back then, they used 40 cc engines. They used to call them "Galloping Gerdies." They were the roughest of boats. Today, this race still runs every year on summer solstice in Fairbanks.
He also used to race hydro-boats at Lakeview Gravel pit and on the Chena River. Mike had many adventures throughout Alaska, owned his own construction company, worked for BIA as a project director, was an honorary member of the Teamsters Local 302 - with more than 50 years of membership - and operated a gold mine every summer for more than 20 years. The gold mine was the adventure of a lifetime for him and his friends. Mike had so many lifelong friends. Together, they had the best of times. He lived his life the way he wanted to live.
He is survived by his three children, Timothy Dozette, Teresa Ackers and Corinne (Richard) Jones; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his brother, William Dozette; his sister, Helen Dunlap; and many nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Nina; sisters, Laura, Dorothy and Debra; wife, Gloria; and grandson, Adrian Beaver.
A small family gathering is planned for 2 p.m. today, March 17, 2013, at the family home. There will be a celebration of life at 2 p.m. April 13, 2013, at the Time Out Lounge in Anchorage; and at 2 p.m., June 22, 2013, at the Boatel, in Fairbanks. A traditional potlatch will be planned for a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Cremation Society of Alaska.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 17, 2013