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Michael Donald Goetz

October 17, 1950 ~ May 23, 2021 (age 70)


Michael Donald Goetz - A respected police brother to hundreds, a mentor to many, and a friend to all - died May 23, 2021 surrounded by his family.

 Michael was born October 17, 1950 in Moscow Idaho and grew up on the family farm in Viola Idaho which was homestead in 1879.

Michael enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with his father Donald Goetz and his brother Daniel Goetz, who both preceded him in passing.

He attended Moscow schools and excelled in football. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and spent time serving with the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marines in Vietnam. He attained the rank of Sergeant. While still 19 years old he was honorably discharged in 1971.

 He attended Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Shortly after Michael joined the Latah County Sheriff's Department in 1973 and was elected and served as Sheriff for two terms in 1976 and 1980.

In 1981 he joined the Tacoma Washington Police Department where he served in vice, narcotics, special investigations, and the SWAT team. He retired in 2005 after 24 years with the department. Once retired he continued to serve the community of Tacoma teaching drivers training at the 911 driving school for 5 years. In 2011 Michael returned to the family farm in Viola, ID.

 Michael is survived by his daughters Rachel Goetz, Kellie Standing Warrior (Goetz), Kendra Goetz, and son Beau Goetz, granddaughters Amber, Ashlie, Cassidy, and Sydney.

Michael will be remembered for his teasing jokes, his entertaining stories, and his devotion to protect and serve both his country and his community.

 Friends and family are invited to celebrate Michael’s life July 8, 2021 at 10:30 A.M. with services at Shorts Funeral Chapel in Moscow, burial will be at the Viola Cemetery with a celebration of life following at the Viola Community Center.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Viola Community Center, American Legion Post 6 Moscow, Idaho or Cure P.S.P.

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Funeral Service
July 8, 2021

10:30 AM
Short's Funeral Chapel
1225 East 6th Street
Moscow, ID 83843
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