Michael Emory Ireland, 75, of Crouch, Idaho, passed away on April 10, 2022 after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Mike was born on November 14, 1946 to Emory and Kathleen Ireland in Caldwell, Idaho. After graduating from Caldwell High School, he went on to study Education at Lewis Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. While there Mike met his first wife, Judy, and went on to receive his Bachelors of Science degree. Mike and Judy moved to Caldwell where they had two children, Shawna and Thomas. Mike decided education was not the career for him and instead began work for Amerigas Propane and then went to work for Intermountain Gas Company in 1993. They lived in the Treasure Valley raising their children and loving life in the Idaho outdoors.
Mike reconnected with Loretta Kay Cummings in 2001 and they married in 2003. After 41 years in the gas industry, he retired in 2009 and was able to spend his days golfing, riding UTV, camping, hiking, and hunting. Mike and Kay bought a cabin in Crouch and ended up loving the slower pace and surroundings so much they moved there permanently.
He was preceded in death by his parents Emory and Kathleen, his wife Kay Ireland, and his first wife Judith Laird Ireland. He is survived by his children Shawna (Manny) Villalvazo, Tom (Jenni) Ireland, sister Helen (Dennis) Lammey, brother Dick (Mary) Ireland, brother Dan (Sherry) Ireland, sister Susan (Steve) Simmons, step-son Michael Bishop, grandson Ira Che Lassen, granddaughters Lilliana Ireland, Cecelia Ireland and Jasmine (Josh) Nelson, step granddaughter Jena Hacker, and great grandson Jude Nelson.
The family requests that all flowers and notes be sent to Flahiff Funeral Chapel. Donations can be made to the Garden Valley Fire Department. There will be a memorial service on May 6 at 11 AM at Flahiff Funeral Chapel.