On July 20, 2019, Michael Joseph Doka, a loving husband, father, and grandfather went home to the Lord at the age of 67. Known to his family and friends as Mike, he was born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on November 24th, 1951. He was the only child born to Michael Doka and Caroline Trinclisti.
Mike received his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University in 1972, where later in life he was honored with an award for being a Distinguished Alumni. He began his career in 1971 at Rehrig Pacific Company. He received a promotion to Plant Manager and was transferred to Los Angeles in 1977 and continued growing with the company until 1982 when he had the opportunity to attend Stanford University. He received his Master’s from Stanford University in Business in 1983 and was promoted to General Manager in Freemont, California. In 1990 he was promoted to President of Rehrig Pacific Company and came back to the Los Angeles Plant until 2005 where he then continued as Chairman of the Board. He worked for Rehrig for 47 years to help lead, support, and maintain a work environment that is much more of a family environment.
Mike married Ella Mary Pisarcik on January 8, 1972 after convincing her to give him a chance and went on to have three beautiful children; Charity, Michael, and Elizabeth. Mike created a beautiful life for his family full of love, laughter, and adventures with God always being at the center. Mike had a passion for life and for his family. From his trips to Israel and Africa to backyard barbeques with family and friends, Mike always made sure to put God and his family first. He enjoyed golfing with his wife and friends, vacations in Hawaii, and finding ways to laugh with those around him.
Mike was preceded in death by his father Michael, his mother Caroline, and his son Michael. He is survived by his wife Ella; his daughters, Charity and Elizabeth; his sons-in-law, Kevin and Steve; his granddaughter, Taylor; and his grandsons, Kevin, Curtis, and James.