Michael Thomas O ‘Loughlin, “The Artist”, of Garden Valley, Idaho passed away on Sunday, April 30th, 2017, at his home of natural causes. He was 65.
He was born to James Rex and Bette Jean (Vincent) O’Loughlin on December 15th, 1951, in Boise, Idaho. He was the second six children. He was raised in Boise and graduated from Boise High School.
Michael was an amazing artist, from simple hand drawings to large-scale oil paintings, and even his models or of work of art. Michael was born with the art bug and it’s all he ever wanted to do. As years went on the work became hard and the son of the works with the way over time. If you know Michael you know the amount of research he put into any piece of artwork he did. He spent a lot of time studying before he even started a painting. He would purchase clothing and other pieces as props to feel and touch for the right shading and texture captured on canvas.
Michael was born a 150 years too late. He loved being in the mountains and living the quiet life. He truly looked the part of the Mountain Man and could live off the land if he had to, and he did a few different times in his life. He had an affinity with Native Americans and often painted their stories. Michael will truly be missed by his family and his dear friends that knew him well.
Michael was a husband father, brother, uncle, and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents James Rex and Bette Jean O’Loughlin, his brothers Steven Rex, Kindle Patrick, and a stepson Joseph Schaffer. He is survived by his children and stepchildren; Margot Shon, Rafe O’Loughlin, Misty O’Loughlin, Barbra Beck, and Shanna Perez; his brothers Scott James, and Timothy Ryan; his sister Tamara Jean; other extended family members and friendships lasting 40 years or more.
A memorial service will be held on Memorial Day, May 29th at 1 2: 00 noon. To celebrate Mike’s life, please bring your favorite potluck dish, Beverages and memories of Mike to 212 Lightning Creek in Garden Valley, 7.5 miles up the Middle Fork Road from Crouch.
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24