Robert Michael "Mike" Roberts
1942 - 2016
Summers Funeral Home, Ustick Chapel - Meridian
3629 East Ustick Road
Meridian, ID
Robert Michael "Mike" Roberts
1942 ~ 2016
Robert Michael "Mike" Roberts died February 12, 2016 at his home in Boise.
Mike was born October 11, 1942 in Pocatello, ID. to Horace Roberts and Helen Morrison Roberts. His father was a rancher, miner, prospector, and teamster who lived most of his life in Lemhi County. Mike's mother Helen, was a stay at home mother of many talents. She was a seamstress, great cook, kept house and raised two children. Mike was raised in Salmon, and was a graduate of Salmon High, class of '61. His young life was significantly impacted by a number of friends, among them Elmer Keith, Billy Lewis, Jim Egge, and Buck Santos; all gentlemen of an old school who believed in honesty, integrity, and responsibility.
After graduating high school, Mike attended the University of Idaho in Moscow. In 1964, he decided to go to Alaska, beginning his training for a career in law enforcement. He worked as a Deputy Game Warden for the Alaska Fish and Game Department. In the fall of 1965, Mike returned to Salmon Idaho where he worked a number of jobs, including butchering, ranching, bartending, and as a powder monkey hauling dynamite in and around the Grand Canyon. In 1968 Mike became a Patrolman for the City of Salmon Police Department. He worked in that capacity until he left to become a Patrolman for the Ada County Sheriff's Department in December 1971. He worked for three succeeding Sheriffs for a total of seventeen years. During that time Mike became a Polygraph Examiner, was a Detective, Scuba Diver, and Deputy Coroner. He rose to the rank of Captain and graduated the FBI National Academy 120th session. In 1987, Mike went to work for the Ada County Commissioners, where he worked an additional seventeen years as Director of Risk Management, Director of Welfare, Director of Mental Health, and finally as Director of EMS. He retired from Ada County in August, 2004.
Mike was married in 1975 and from that union, two children were born; James Donald Roberts in 1979; and Cassie Nicole Roberts, born 1982. He was later divorced.
After his retirement, Mike had to learn how to play. Along with several old cop friends he began riding ATV's and would go riding at the drop of a hat. He was a great story teller and could spin a yarn of his youth from when he was a Deputy Sheriff, of his grand kids, or any of his many adventures to anyone that would listen. He had a story for everything. He was a man dedicated to his work and took great pride in a job well done. He believed in what he did. He had a great sense of humor, and found joy in laughing at the situations and people he came into contact with, but almost all of his favorite stories involved laughing at himself. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him.
Mike is survived by a sister, Rose Lewis of Spokane, WA.; son J.D; daughter Cassie and five grandchildren. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was a man who deeply loved his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 3:00 pm at Summers Funeral Home, Ustick Chapel in Meridian, ID.
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Published by Idaho Statesman on Feb. 17, 2016.
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Mike was a strong dedicated man who worked hard for the citizens of Ada County. The last time I saw him he was eating lunch with his family and very proud of his grandchildren. Thank you Mike for all the things that you taught me.
Barbara Burkett
March 31, 2016
Michael reached out to my kids when they were little and we lived next door to him. He showed them his guns and talked to them about gun safety. This was a great learning opportunity from a wonderful neighbor and friend. I ran into Michael around Christmas last year - didn't see him, but heard his giggle and then we chatted for quite awhile. He was so proud of his kids and adored his grandkids. Our family is blessed to have known this amazing man. He will truly be missed. My deepest condolences to JD and Cassie and families. Will keep you in my prayers. Love to all of you. Spackman, Mescher & Hoogland families
Pamela Hoogland
February 18, 2016
For Mike-

On this tragic occasion I just want to express my grief and sorry over the loss of a friend and mentor of more than thirty years.

Mike hired me to work in the jail for him in 1984. He was instrumental in my development me as a young officer and I learned a great deal from him. He gave me my start in law enforcement which set me on my life's path.

After leaving the jail, Mike and I developed a friendship which was always important to me. We eventually became roommates and I'll never forget all of the conversations and joke cracking. We talked about everything from the serious to pure bologna. Even though I didn't work for him anymore, I couldn't shake the feeling of him still being
Captain Roberts and me the subordinate (even though he never acted like that.

Mike was a tremendous public servant with the
many hats that he wore - he effected the lives of many.

I wish to offer my condolences to J D and Cassie and pray for the blessings of the Lord to grant them peace.
Steve Nelson
February 18, 2016
My memory of meeting Mike was on a Forest Service road on Boise National Forest when he was riding with some his "cop" friends. I was looking for wolves and met Mike while he was eating peaches out of a can using a big, long blade hunting knife. When he found out what I was doing he gave me a rough time and ever since that day we have been best of friends and shared breakfast stories at Eddies. He was a wonderful man and my wife, Jenny, and I were blessed to get to know him.
- Carter Niemeyer
February 18, 2016
I appreciated the job he did and the dedication he showed.
Janice Peterman
February 18, 2016
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February 17, 2016
Mike, was a great guy he helped many of us as young teenager, he would always take the time to talk to us about staying out of trouble while growing up in Salmon. Ran into him a couple of years ago at a couple auctions, it was great to visit with him again. He will always be remembered as a funny guy.
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February 17, 2016
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