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Former Steam Plant Manager Michael Lyngholm Dies

January 11, 2017

MISSOULA, Mont. – Michael James Lyngholm launched his next great adventure on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. Raised in Iowa by loving parents who taught him to work hard, enjoy life and appreciate his family, he was the eldest of nine children. He loved his parents and his sisters and brothers, and remained close to them his entire life.

As a young man, Mike moved west to study forestry at the University of Montana in 1970. In the rugged mountains of central Idaho, he met a beautiful red haired Montana girl who shared his passion for the outdoors. After graduation, Mickey and Mike married, started a family in rural Montana, and raised two boys to be good men and good fathers. The love Mickey and Mike shared lasts.

Mike had an accomplished career as a forester with F.H. Stoltze Land and Lumber Co. that included managing sawmills in Dillon, Darby and Columbia Falls. Later, he managed a wood-fired boiler plant that provided heat and cooling for the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho, which he found incredibly rewarding. He retired to Missoula in January 2014.

Mike loved life. He was a certified blaster, and enjoyed the challenge of removing difficult obstacles with a well-placed charge. He was happiest in the outdoors, exploring the hidden canyons of the Tendoys with his lion hounds or camping and fishing with his family and friends. He had many fine days flying Cessna 4 Alpha Mike out of the Dillon Airport and sailing on Flathead Lake. He loved to track elk after a fresh snow and fish for winter steelhead on the Clearwater. He loved the lift ride up Big Mountain after a good run. He especially loved his grandchildren.

Mike is survived by his wife Mickey; sons Jeff (Jennifer) and Wayne (Sarah), and grandchildren, Neila, Olive and Silas Lyngholm; his parents, brothers, and sisters; his sisters and brothers-in-law and their families. He will be missed.
We thank the many friends and family who reached out with the gift of their presence, ran errands, and supported us in so many other ways during his illness. No services are planned at this time.

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