Michael Douglas Shinkle
Michael Douglas Shinkle, of Prineville, was born May 22, 1968, in Reedsport to Jim and Jody Shinkle. He passed away Dec. 29, 2018, in Missoula, Montana, at the age of 50.
Mike lived in Reedsport until the age of five when his parents relocated to Prineville. Mike grew up in Prineville, where he enjoyed sports, the outdoors and horses. He was part of the 1984 state championship football team and was a decorated sprinter and wrestler.
Mike's passion for athletics continued when he attended the University of Montana Western on wrestling and rodeo scholarships. As a wrestler, he was awarded NAIA wrestler of the week as a freshman. When the wrestling program was cut his sophomore year, Mike decided to walk-on to the football team "for something to do." He was awarded a roster spot and eventually became the team's starting nose guard, while also earning a scholarship. He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in secondary education.
On June 10, 1995, he married Carrie Jozovich. They had three sons, Jake, Ryder and Grey Shinkle. Once married, Mike held teaching and coaching positions in Salmon, Idaho, and Helena, Montana. In Idaho, Mike had the opportunity to coach the Idaho High School National Wrestling Team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This solidified his love and worth within education and the sport of wrestling.
While each stop had many successes and memories made, Mike was able to raise a family and make his lasting impact in Prineville. While in Oregon, Mike earned a master's degree from Concordia University. In 17 years of service in Prineville, he amassed multiple state wrestling trophies, coach of the year awards, successful football teams, and an overall lasting impact on his hometown community. He had the privilege of coaching more National Teams in the state of Oregon, and was also an integral part of the Crook County High School team that holds the national record for points scored at a state wrestling tournament. Overall, Mike's impact on youth is unmatched in both teaching and athletics.
Mike is survived by Carrie (Jozovich) Shinkle and their three sons, Jake and Sarah (Crofcheck) Shinkle, of Prineville, Ryder Shinkle and Kirsten, of Boise, Idaho, and Grey Shinkle, of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. He is also survived by his sisters, Deeanna and Jim Cook, of Redmond, and Joanne and Pat Keys, of Twickenham; nieces and nephews, Harley, Trampas, Zack and Emmalee; and his extended family, Betsy and Ed Fenwick, of Caldwell, Idaho, and Fred Jozovich, of Butte, Montana.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Jody Shinkle; niece, Heather Smith; and extended family, William C. Tarrant.
A service will be held Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at Crook County High School, with a reception to follow at Prineville Golf Club.