Obituary for Michael Dmochowski (2021) – Lansing, MI
DMOCHOWSKI, Michael “Mike” George
76, from Tucson, AZ, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 with his wife, Pat, by his side. Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Ida Grace Dmochowski and Michael John Dmochowski of Williamston, MI. He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 27, Pat Dmochowski, of Tucson, AZ; Sister Ida Jo Mahaney of Perry, MI; Brother John Dmochowski of Challis, ID; Brother Charles Dmochowski of Minnetonka, MN; Daughter Laura Primak and son-in-law Dan of Lakewood, CO, and their children Becca, Julia, Savannah, and John; Son Michael Dmochowski and daughter-in-law Lisa from Roanoke, VA, and their children Emma, Eric, and Eliza; Stepdaughter Shannon Hines from Portland, OR and lots of great dogs. Mike was born in Lansing, MI in 1944 and grew up in Williamston, MI. He attended and graduated from Michigan State University and has always been proud to be a Spartan. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and proudly served his country as a lieutenant colonel for 23 years. Mike was a devoted, loving father who raised Michael and Laura as a single father and instilled a love of travel, camping and a great sense of humor! Mike was a devoted husband to Pat and they went on many adventures together, even buying an RV and traveling the country for a couple of years. In the early 2000s, they took up the camp host position at RV Park at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, and liked Tucson so much that they settled there not long after. He loved his seven grandchildren and asked them to describe him as “grumpy” to demonstrate his unique sense of humor. Determined to bring the family together in Michigan every summer, even a year in Hawaii, he was so proud to see everyone laugh, connect, and share stories. Mike was a friend to many and a master of storytelling himself, often embellishing these stories (for the amusement of his family). He loved mentoring and teaching valuable life lessons that would be accepted and passed down to future generations. He leaves a wonderful, indelible legacy of love, kindness, and memories to his family and those who have been blessed to know him. The sky is brighter and much more fun with its amazing soul. The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and workers at Tucson Medical Center, the Tucson Center, and Cornerstone Hospital who have cared for Mike over the past five months. Instead of flowers, you can donate to two of Mike’s favorite charities on his behalf: Good Samaritan Family Services in Ellsworth, MI (www.thegoodsam.com) or Gospel Rescue Mission in Tucson, AZ (www.grmtucson.com). A memorial service is planned at a later date. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL.
Published by Arizona Daily Star on May 9, 2021.