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Michael Hoyle

May 25, 1948 — September 25, 2014

Michael Blaine Hoyle, 66, passed away at home in Driggs, ID on September 25, 2014 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Mike was born on May 25, 1948 in Idaho Falls, ID, the eldest child of Blaine and Rita Hoffman Hoyle. Mike attended Idaho Falls High School. He was drafted into the Army and married in 1968. He was later divorced. From this union, his daughter, Shaun, was born. Mike served in Viet Nam from 1969-1970, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. After his discharge, Mike worked in and around Idaho Falls and Jackson, WY where he met his loving wife, Colleen. They were married November 1973 in Basin, WY and Mike became dad to Colleen’s sons, Ron and Sean Brinkerhoff and he has loved them as his own. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. After their marriage, Mike and Colleen lived in Jackson, WY and Victor, ID then moved to live and work on cattle ranches in Montana and Wyoming, where they enjoyed the ranch life to the fullest. These opportunities allowed Mike to fulfill his life-long dream of being a cowboy, and he loved every minute of it. Their son, Tatum Blaine Hoyle, was born in Sheridan, WY. After returning to the Valley, Mike worked as a plumber. He enlisted in the Idaho Army National Guard and was selected to fill a full time position in the 938th Engineer Detachment in Driggs. Mike served as the unit’s full time training non-commissioned officer and First Sergeant. Mike retired from active duty in 1999 as a Sergeant First Class. After his retirement, Mike and Colleen heard the open ranges calling again, and went to work on a ranch near St. Xavier, MT. In the spring of 2004, they returned to Driggs where Mike went to work for the Teton County Fire District, first as Fire Marshall, before becoming District Fire Chief. Mike served as the Chief for several years before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and had to retire due to his deteriorating health. He was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which he fought valiantly for almost 2 years. Mike was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fly fishing and snow skiing. He was a skilled horseman, a brave and loyal soldier, and he served his country and community well. Mike was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and faithfully served in many callings throughout his life. Mike is survived by his wife, Colleen, sons Ron Brinkerhoff (Kristen), San Diego, CA, Sean Brinkerhoff (Lana), Layton, UT, Tate Hoyle, Tetonia, ID; his daughter, Shaun Mulberry, Idaho Falls; his grandchildren; Airyauna and Gage Hoyle; Blake, Dylan, and Jordan Brinkerhoff; Ava Brinkerhoff, Tavin Perry; Ashley and Amber Mulberry; mother, Rita Hoyle, Idaho Falls; siblings Shannon (Wade) Nielsen, Meridian; Tim, Kelly, Danny, and Devin (Tina) Hoyle all of Idaho Falls. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Blaine Hoyle, and his grandparents.


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