Michael was born December 1, 1946 in Lewiston to Cornelius and Clara Kaufmann Doherty. The family moved to Walla Walla, WA, then California, before settling in Moscow. Michael graduated from Moscow High School in 1964, and then attended the University of Idaho before being drafted into the Army, serving in Germany. Following his discharge, he returned to Moscow and went to work for North American Van Lines.
Michael enrolled at Lewis-Clark State College and earned his Associates Degree in Consumer Electronics. In 1978 he began his career with GTE, later Verizon, retiring as operation manager of network services in 2004.
Michael was an avid reader, enjoying family history and historical novels. He was a baseball fan, loved the outdoors; boating, camping and fishing. He volunteered for the American Red Cross, and particularly enjoyed spending time with his family.
Michael and Janice May were married in Moscow on October 25, 1968. She survives at their Troy home. Also surviving are his children, Jennifer (Mike) Gray of Bonney Lake, WA; Anne (James) Abbott of Lake Stevens, WA and James (Hallie Garrett) Doherty of Austin, TX. He also leaves his grandchildren, Colin Gray, Erin Gray, Rowan Abbott, Virginia Abbott and Sabine Doherty; his mother, Clara Dockter of Moscow; Brothers, Jaren (Nancy) Doherty of New Bern, NC; Greg (Janette) Doherty of St. Maries, ID; Vince (Janis) Doherty of Mesquite, NV; Pat (Camille) Doherty of Juliaetta, ID, and special mention his uncle Neil Kaufmann of Lewiston, ID, his in-laws, Dell and Bev May of Troy, ID and JoAnn and Lyle Eacker of Lewiston, ID as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father in 2003.
A Celebration of Life and potluck will be held at Michael and Janice’s Home, 1660 Randall Flat Road, Troy, ID 83871 on Tuesday, August 4th, beginning at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers memorials/donations may be made to the American Red Cross or American Cancer Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.