Michael James "Mike" LaMotte, 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 10, 2018


Michael James “Mike” LaMotte, of Choctaw, Oklahoma, passed away March 5, 2018, at the age of 68.  He was born June 1, 1949, in Pendleton, Oregon, to Al & Lucile (Milner) LaMotte. 

Mike, or “Big Mike” as he was referred to by friends and family, enjoyed riding his motorcycle, traveling with Cheryl and pulling their RV.  They especially enjoyed going to Colorado and taking their 4-wheelers and spending time with Adam, Melanie, and the kids.  Mike and Cheryl also enjoyed going to Burnsville, North Carolina and spending time with Miki and Jeremy and their families.  Mike enjoyed restoring old cars and he and Cheryl bought a ‘37 Ford Coupe and a ’58 Chevy Pickup that he was currently restoring.  Mike and Cheryl were members of the Flash Back Car Club in Guthrie, and enjoyed going to car shows.  Mike grew up in Idaho, where he enjoyed working with his dad, who was a lumberjack.  He also lived in Las Vegas and then he moved to Alaska, where he took flying lessons and built his own airplane. 

Mike heard his country’s call and served in the United States Army, where he received the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal and an Honorable Discharge for services rendered to his country when called upon to do so.Mike also lived in Plainview, Texas, when he worked for Walmart and retired after 25 years of service, and received his 2-Million Mile Award for perfect driving and safety. 

Mike and Cheryl enjoyed going to Oklahoma City Thunder games and he was also an Oklahoma Sooner fan.Mike enjoyed watching “Alaska the Last Frontier” and he enjoyed watching car shows and especially, “Chasing Classic Cars.”  Mike was always active and tinkering with something.  He enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s ball games and to deer woods camping and cooking out.  Adam said the he and Mike spent more time eating and visiting than they did hunting. 

Mike was a sweet, kind, loving man who was easygoing, easy to talk to and he loved people.  Mike knew a little bit about everything, that’s why he was so easy to talk to.Cheryl’s brother, Larry described Mike as a person just full of life and he enjoyed family get-togethers.  His first love was his Lord and Savior, being with the love of his life, Cheryl for the last 23 years, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandson.  After being diagnosed with cancer, Cheryl and Mike just thank the Lord for bringing them together, because they felt it truly has been a honeymoon and a blessing that the Lord brought them together. 

Mike is survived by his beloved wife, Cheryl, of the home, in Choctaw; daughter, Miki Pontorno & husband, Joey, of Burnsville, North Carolina; son, Jeremy “JJ” LaMotte & wife, Crystal, of Burnsville, North Carolina; step-sons, Adam Emerson & wife, Melanie, of Choctaw, and Michael Emerson, of Tulsa; 8 grandchildren, Jolena and Maddy Pontorno, Ava and Alara LaMotte, Zack Emerson & wife, Hailey, Rylee Flowers, William and Molly Emerson; 1 great-grandson, Steven Michael Emerson; 2 sisters, Yvonne “Bunny” Gilson & husband, Bob, of Sanction, Texas, and Trish Robinette & husband, Russ, of Bow, Washington; brother, Ronnie LaMotte, of Wenatchee, Washington.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Al & Lucile LaMotte; and sister, Denise Wilkerson. 

Visitation will be at the John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel, located at 120 South Broadway, in Moore, Oklahoma, from 12pm-9pm, on Thursday, March 8th, and from 9am-9pm, Friday, March 9th.  Funeral Services for Mike will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, March 10, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Choctaw, located at 2700 Main Street, Choctaw, Oklahoma, with Pastor Ray Sikes officiating.  Interment will be held at 4:00 pm, at Ellis Chapel Cemetery, in Wister, Oklahoma.  Services are under the direction of the John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel.





Elaine Bowie commented on 08-Mar-2018 08:56 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Don Burnes commented on 08-Mar-2018 10:29 AM
Cheryl.....Suzie and I loved you and Mike. We offer prayers of love for you and your entire family. Miss you so much in Lake City!
Don Milner (Uncle Don) commented on 09-Mar-2018 01:25 PM
Wish I could be there, especially to meet some of the family I've never had the privilege to know. Time and distance has kept us apart, but I will always remember my nephew with fondness and love. I know that he was so special, to his family and friends, and will be greatly missed. Remember the good times, and be forever thankful that you were a very important part of his life.


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