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Obituary: Michael Paul Hockel

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Michael Paul Hockel, a youthful 70, died October 5, 2015 near his home in Bozeman, Montana when his car was hit by a train and he sustained insurmountable internal injuries.  

Mike was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 29, 1945, the fourth child of John Hockel and Marion Cress Hockel. He graduated from Mora Catholic High School in 1963 and gained his AA in dental technology at Diablo Valley College. He continued his education under the tutelage of Dr. Peter K. Thomas and was, at one time, the finest dental technician in Northern California.

In 1965 he married Jeannette Diermier in Brentwood, California. They eventually parted ways and remained friends. Their marriage produced two beloved daughters who survive him, Stephanie Hockel Borash (Craig) and their sons, Andrew and Paul, of West Yellowstone, and Suzie Hockel and her daughter, Morgan, of Bozeman.  Mike was married a second time, to Mary Leeder, who passed away in 2008.

He is also predeceased by his parents, John and Marion Cress Hockel of Watsonville, California, and his sister and brother-in-law, Peter and Mary Beth Varcados of Capitola, California.

Mike is survived by his brother, Dr. Jack Hockel (Judie) of Walnut Creek, California; his sisters, Suzanne Hockel of San Francisco and Margaret Alvidrez of Watsonville, California; and many nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Mike.

From a young age, Mike beamed with ingenuity, precision, humor and skill. His talent and vision was evidenced in so many areas of his life including the little cabin he built overlooking the family’s cabin in Tahoe, the jewelry masterpieces he created, every tooth he crafted, the beautiful dollhouse he built for his granddaughter, the Lincoln Log cabins he built for his grandsons and most notably the many model cars and boats he built and won awards for. He loved his family, hot rods and cars of all types, his projects and hobbies, and his dog, Becker. He had a wide circle of friends in Bozeman and touched the lives of many more than he ever realized. His soul was alive and free at the family cabin in Fallen Leaf Lake, CA, which he helped build, maintain and envisioned all it could be. He lived with intention every moment. He will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have him in their lives. Mike’s life will continue to inspire our lives with his lessons (one of which could be seen on the license plate on his iconic 1969 Continental…PLANAHE…he always did plan ahead) and his acceptance of others. We will miss you “Tooth Fairy”!

A Memorial Mass will be held at 6:30 PM on October 19 at St. Albert’s Priory in Berkeley, California. A celebration of life will be held in Bozeman at a date to be determined.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.  www.dokkennelson.com

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