Mitch Felchle (1948 – 2015) obituary

An obituary for a 2nd cousin; once removed.


Mitch Felchle died on January 1, 2015 in Cork, Ireland while on holiday with his wife Dawn. Mitch was born leap year of 1948, on February 29 in Mankato, Minnesota to Linda & Floyd Felchle and spent his childhood in Devils Lake, North Dakota.

After graduating valedictorian from Devils Lake High School, Mitch received his B.A. degree in History from NDSU (Fargo, ND) which he attended on a basketball scholarship, and his J.D. law degree from the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis.  His 25+ years spent with Lutheran Brotherhood/Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 company, included leading 5 startup operations, serving as President of 2 subsidiary companies, and he was a senior officer for 20 years.

Mitch and Lorraine Baumgartner (deceased) had one son, Brody, who Mitch was most proud of and was the driving force behind his life decisions. Brody works on Wall Street and is married to Heather Gaus, an architect.

After living more than 30 years in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mitch moved to Driggs, Idaho in 2005, where he had a home for 33 years and became an “Idahoan by choice”. The Tetons and Yellowstone National Park were Mitch’s siren’s song. In his younger days Mitch ran up and down Table Mountain and he never tired of going to Yellowstone, especially in the winter.

In Idaho Mitch began working immediately in the non-profit world by providing expertise in the areas of fund raising and development.  But it was the healthcare industry that captured his mind and spirit. Mitch was a Trustee on the Teton Valley Health Care Board, and Interim CEO of the hospital from March 2009 until June 2010.  He went on to work for Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot Idaho as the Director of Outreach. Over a 3 ½ year period, he and his staff conducted clinical research trials, led all graduate medical education programs and created the first Idaho-based internal medicine residency program. Mitch retired at the end of 2013.

In 2014 Mitch joined the non-profit boards of Family Safety Network and Seniors West of the Tetons. Not one to live in the past, Mitch looked for ways to give back to his family, friends and community and looked towards a bright future.

In recent years, Mitch battled cancer on multiple fronts and had come back stronger than ever from three total joint replacements. He was looking forward to hiking and snowshoeing in the Tetons. Though an athlete and avid runner (11 marathons), it was not his sports accomplishments that defined Mitch. His legacy is in the many lives he touched by giving of his time and being a mentor. He had the ability to find a person’s true talents, and then give them the strength to be true to themselves. Mitch loved the challenge of starting something new and bold and then letting it go. Improving the mind and the body was a lifetime commitment for Mitch.

Mitch’s love of music was his true joy. He appreciated and respected the discipline and hard work it takes to get up on a stage and play a song and change someone’s life through words. A very private person himself, music gave Mitch a voice and a smile. He was the Boss.

As a son, brother, father, husband and friend, Mitch will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife of 26 years Dawn Donovan Felchle; son Brody (Heather) Felchle, New York, NY; mother Linda Felchle, Devils Lake, ND; brother Vince (Genie Price) Felchle, Dallas, TX; sister Kathy Felchle, Dickinson, ND; sister Merrilee (John) Glover, Belgrade, MT and many nieces and nephews who loved and adored their Uncle.

It was Mitch’s desire to not have a formal service. Memorials may be sent to Teton Valley Health Care, 120 East Howard Ave., Driggs, ID 83422, Music on Main-Teton Valley Foundation, PO Box 50, Victor, ID 83455 or the charity of your choice.