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Michael Birch

1945 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Michael Birch Obituary

Michael James Birch, 68, of Blackfoot, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, while fishing on the Snake River.

He was born Nov. 11, 1945, in St. Anthony to Lowell Edgar and Rayola Rudd Birch. He was raised inSt. Anthony and attended school there, graduating from South Fremont High School. He excelled in baseball while in high school. He attended Ricks College for two years, then moved to Pocatello to attend ISU, where he earned a B.S. in political science. He moved to Blackfoot in 1976 and has resided here since.

On Aug. 29, 1969, he married Jackie Faller in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple.

Michael was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was currently serving as the Young Single Adult 2nd Ward clerk. He previously served a mission to the North England Mission, as a counselor in a bishopric, high counselor, Young Men's adviser and home teacher. His favorite callings were working in the Young Men's program, ordinance worker in the Idaho Falls Temple, and he was currently working on the Wednesday evening shift.

Michael was a driver for Meals on Wheels and a CASA advocate with his wife.

As a young man, he worked for various local farmers and worked on the railroad near West Yellowstone.

He started working for the Forest Service, and that evolved into a career. He worked in various capacities -- firefighter, equipment operator, law enforcement officer and snow ranger. He initiated the Inter-Agency law enforcement program and worked with local sheriff's departments. The highlight of his career with the Forest Service was assisting with the 2002 Winter Olympics, where he patrolled the ski hills outside of Ogden.

Michael loved the outdoors and camping with his family. He liked to fish, but the big ones always seemed to elude him. He enjoyed introducing people to the outdoors, loved good practical jokes, and enjoyed horses and helping his children and grandchildren. He liked giving service to others, helping on Eagle Scout projects. Michael's greatest joy was his family and giving service.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie of Blackfoot; his children, Tobyn (Maryellen) Birch of Pocatello, Tiffany (Jason) Ormond of Chubbuck, Dara (Brian) Alexander of Pocatello and Andrea Birch of Blackfoot; his mother, Rayola Birch of St. Anthony; brothers, David (Toni) Birch of Montpelier, Idaho, Kenneth (Francisca) Birch of Escondido, Calif., Dennis Birch of Sugar City and Ronald (MariAnne) Birch of St. Anthony; sister, Celinda Birch of St. Anthony; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lowell Birch, and a brother, Shane.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Blackfoot East LDS Stake Center. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot, and Thursday for one hour prior to services at the church. Interment will be in Grove City Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at con dolences@hawkerfuneral home.com.

Published in Post Register on Mar. 4, 2014
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