Obituary - James Michael "Mickey" Dotts


Last updated 9/16/2021 at 11:52am

James Dotts

James Michael "Mickey" Dotts, high school art teacher's aide, passed away Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at his residence.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2021, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.

Please visit Mickey's online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at .

Mickey was born July 13, 1942, on a dryland farm outside of Sterling, Oklahoma. He attended elementary and junior high school in Medicine Park and graduated from Elgin High School in Elgin, Oklahoma. Upon graduation, Mickey entered the U.S. Army Reserves for eight years at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He served his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and then returned to Fort Sill for his artillery training. He was then transferred to Fort Carson, Colorado.

Mickey moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1960, training as a police cadet, and participating in rodeo bull riding and drag racing He also worked various positions as an auto dealer mechanic until 1967. Mikey then moved to California and started an apprenticeship for automatic fire sprinkler suppression systems, working for six years to obtain his journeyman's license in 1981. In 1982, he moved to Box Elder, Montana, to work in the education system there.

Mickey enjoyed bow hunting elk, deer, and various game. He liked fly fishing and all outdoor sportsman challenges. He held a deep affection for his Native American beliefs, and enjoyed powwows and gatherings.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Faron C. Dotts; and adopted son, Kevin Caplette.

Mickey is survived by Isabell, his wife of 43 years; son Derek S. (Liz) Scharen of Virginia; daughters, Tracey Rosenthal of Wisconsin, and Crystal (Ron) Chandler of Box Elder; and 10 grandchildren.


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