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Michael "Mike" Thornton

Michael "Mike" Thornton



In the early hours of September 4, 2015, Michael “Mike” Thornton passed away in a local area hospital. He was 67 years old.

Born on November 26, 1947 in Encinitas, California, he grew up off the beaten path in Sawyer’s Bar, California. While still in high school, he met the love of his life, Patricia Pritchard and because he didn’t want to rob the cradle, they married the day after her 18 th birthday. Soon after, they moved to Seattle to begin their life, which was abruptly interrupted when he was drafted to serve in Vietnam. After being away from Pat and missing the birth of his first daughter Tricia, Mike returned home vowing to never spend another day apart from the woman he loved so much. A year later, their second daughter Michelle arrived and the young family loaded up their VW bus and moved to Boise, Idaho.

Because Boise needed a place for Volkswagen and buggy enthusiasts, Mike and Pat opened Bow Wow Auto Parts in 1972, where third generation car enthusiasts still shop today. Cars were a central part of Mike’s life and he enjoyed building and racing desert buggies with Pat running the show in the pits. They both loved the outdoors and were able to build their dream house in the mountains, moving there permanently in 1996. Even after Alzheimer’s changed their future plans, Pat and Mike were always together and because of Pat’s strength, they were able to live in their home until the day he died.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Pat; daughters Tricia Burns and Michelle Skogerson; son-in-law Mike Burns; grandchildren Jessica, Erika-Mychael, Brittnay, and Michael; sister-in-law Pam Stucker (and husband Dave); nephew Wylie Thornton; niece Karnam Pritchard; nephew David Hessler; grand-niece Cassie Weightman; siblings Ted and Carol “Teen”;  and numerous other family and friends scattered throughout the west, including his loving and supportive caregiver, Lisa Breeding.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at Alden Waggoner Funeral Chapel located at 5400 Fairview Avenue in Boise, on Tuesday, September 8 at 10:30 am.
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