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Michael Carraher

October 1, 1946 — April 18, 2024

Post Falls

Michael Carraher

Dr. Michael James Carraher, longtime local physician, passed away Thursday morning, April 18, 2024. Dr. Mike, as he liked to be called, was an internist who took very good care of his patients. He made sure that his charges received the best of care. His patients appreciated his kind and gracious manner and respect he showed all. Dr. Carraher was admired and appreciated by his colleagues and fellow healthcare professionals. He enjoyed serving and helping people of all ages and backgrounds. Dr. Mike considered his profession to be a ‘calling’ of sorts and he continued to serve as a physician until age 70.
Mike was born October 1, 1946, in Anaconda, Montana, the first of five children to Eugene and Carol Carraher. The family moved to Richland Washington in 1954 where he attended Christ the King grade school, Chief Joseph Junior High, and Columbia High School. Following his high school graduation, he attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He pursued engineering but put his education on pause in order to join the military.
While in the US Army Mike became a Special Forces Green Beret attaining the rank of Sergeant. During this time Mike was accepted into the MEDEX Program and was a graduate of MEDEX Class 1 in 1969. Mike was one of fourteen military veterans selected by MEDEX founder Dr. Richard Smith.
Upon honorable discharge from service Mike continued his education at University of Washington Medical School where he earned his degree becoming a Doctor of Medicine in 1975. Upon graduation he completed residency in Hawaii,1976-1977. Dr. Carraher also completed residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington (1980-1984) and Spokane Teaching Health Center (1984-1987).
Mike met his loving wife, Annette Bauman in 1979, while attending his patients at St. Joseph Hospital in Lewiston Idaho. At the time Mike served the Nez Perce people from a clinic near Lapawi, a neighboring town. Mike and Annette married October 12, 1985 and moved to Phoenix Arizona. Here, while working at the National Institute of Health, Mike researched diabetes and cared for Pima Indian Tribal members. From Arizona Mike and Annette then moved to Spokane Washington and ultimately on to Post Falls, Idaho.
Together they both raised Mike’s children from a previous marriage, Patrick and Malia. Mike was the love of Annette’s life and Annette was the love of Mike’s life. Together they shared every joy and challenge that life had to offer. Mike had many talents and interests. He liked to be involved in his children’s lives, often taking an active role as a Boy Scout father.
He was an avid sailing enthusiast and often included family and friends in his sailing adventures. He earned an advanced degree in Public Health and also attained several speciality certificates within the field of medicine. Mike enjoyed learning and challenging his mind. He even earned an MBA from Gonzaga University. Mike liked to travel and in doing so chose to learn to speak French to better connect with the local folks. He and Annette then traveled to France and enjoyed a Viking Cruise. Sailing, hot rods, hiking, hot tubbing, and worshiping our Lord through service and attending St. Georges Catholic Church in Post Falls occupied much of his ‘free time’. Mike was an adventurous soul who was kind, gentle and loving to his friends and family. He was a great role model and beloved member of our family and the community he served.
Mike is survived by his wife Annette, his son Patrick (Camilla) and their children Haakon, Tessa, Kate, Trigg & Ella, and daughter Malia (Tony) and their children Leo and Domonic . He leaves behind his sisters Kathleen and Kerry (Jim), and his brother Terrance and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and another sister, Margaret. Mike is also survived by, on wife Annette’s side, brothers- and sisters-in-law: Maryann Bauman Nogle Cruickshank, Gene (Sandy) Bauman, Regina Dunroven, Susan Beck, John (Marcy) Bauman and William (Laura) Bauman and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Mike was preceded in death by in-law parents James and Loretta Bauman, brothers-in-law Robert Bauman, James J Bauman and Randy Beck.
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