Michael Lee Hunter, 64, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Oct. 15, 2012, in his Middleton home.
Mike was born on Nov. 29, 1947, in Rexburg. He lived with his parents, Versal and Donna Hunter in Firth and was soon big brother to five siblings.
He served in Vietnam in 1966.
He married Shawna Moon in 1968 and together they had two children, Michelle Lee and Michael Todd, the family lived in St. Anthony.
On June 25, 1974 Mike survived a diving accident which left his body paralyzed, but spurred his spirit. Following the accident, he relocated to the Treasure Valley where he eventually settled in Middleton and lived for more than 30 years. Throughout his life he worked in many trades, including car sales, truck driving, construction, rodeoing, hunterâ€™s education instruction and auctioneering.
To those who knew him he was truly one of the most driven men ever known. Though he lost the use of his legs and hands for most of his life, he remained independent - hunting, fishing, and traveling. He was honored by the Safari Club International and went to Johannesburg, South Africa to hunt; he returned with five trophies, which are proudly displayed in his home.
Mike is survived by his first wife, Shawna (Pat) Murray of Coeur d' Alene; children, Michelle (Phil) White of Meridian, and Todd (Angi) Hunter of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Rabecca (Shorty) Morton, Dylan White, Gavin, Lennon, and Cash Hunter; great-granddaughters, Tabitha and Desiree Morton; mother, Donna Hunter of Firth-/Spanish Fork, Utah; siblings, Kent (Linda) Hunter of Spanish Fork, Utah; Ann (Leo) Montie of Idaho Falls; Jim of San Jose, Calif.; and Susan of Provo, Utah. He leaves numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members; many dear friends and his beloved dog, Earl.
He was preceded in death by dad Versal, brother David, and many pets, though none as special to him as George, his little canine companion.
There will be a memorial service on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Middleton 7th Ward LDS Church, 309 West Main Street, Middleton. Arrangements are being conducted by Zeyer Funeral Home. It is Mikeâ€™s wishes to have his ashes distributed in some of his favorite places, including Kilgore and on CJ Strike Reservoir during our maiden fishing voyage in the spring. Thank you to all his caregivers and neighbors over the years - words cannot begin to express how he appreciated you and your time!