Dr. Dauchy Migel

November 5, 1913December 11, 2012

Dr. Dauchy Migel, a local surgeon passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11th at Fairwinds Retirement Home in Idaho Falls, Idaho at the age of 99. He was born on Nov. 5, 1913 in Brooklyn, New York to Julius A. and Margaret Dauchy Migel. At age 3 he moved with his family to Pelham, New York. He attended public school until age fourteen when he was enrolled in Hotchkiss Prep School. He next attended Colgate College for three years then was accepted at Harvard Medical School when he graduated in 1938. After six months abroad he spent a year and a half in an internship in Springfield, Massachusetts, followed by a three year residency in surgery. Following his formal training there, he was inducted into the Army at Fort Dixon, New Jersey and served from 1943 to 1946. He served in New Guinea, Mindanao, and Leyte, as part of the 60th General Hospital before being discharged with the rank of Major. After the war Dauchy chose to return to the western states where he set up his practice in Idaho Falls as the first specialist in that town, an abdominal surgeon. He practiced medicine in Idaho Falls until 1989 at his office at 544 4th Street, and at the two hospitals, The Sacred Heart Hospital, and the LDS Hospital. During this time he also visited the surrounding areas and helped doctors in Arco, Driggs and Salmon, Idaho. He was known as a skilled surgeon with a compassionate bedside manner. Dauchy also enjoyed life. He was an avid fly fisherman, tying his own flies and building his own fishing rods. He loved to fish the North Fork and South Fork of the Snake River in an inflatable rubber raft. He also enjoyed chess, tennis, hunting ducks and pheasants and sailing. He spent time with his family skiing, fishing, camping and traveling. Soon after arriving in Idaho Falls he met Frances Poitevin. They were married on August 24th, 1949. Franny was a perfect complement to Dauchy and supported him in all of his pursuits. Together they had a home built on Park Road, and raised four children there. Survivors include his wife Frances Migel of Idaho Falls; a daughter, Ada (Steve) Ritchie of Idaho Falls; three sons, Tom (Vione) Migel of Rexburg, Jim (Carol) Migel of Idaho Falls, and Mackey (Nek’ka) of Boise; a sister, Kathrine Aycrigg of ?; fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Hamilton and Robert, and a sister Margaret Goss. A memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th Street in Idaho Falls. A visitation for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday. The family suggest donation be given to the Nature Conservancy, 151 N Ridge Ave, Ste 110, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.


  • Visitation Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • Memorial Services Saturday, December 15, 2012

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January 29, 2013

The Hotchkiss School has just learned of Dr. Migel's death, and we send our condolences to his family and friends. He was the School's oldest living alumnus.

Kathy Taylor

December 22, 2012

Ada, I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. May you find comfort and peace at this time.

Tom Migel

December 22, 2012

Thank you for your kind words and support during this time.

December 20, 2012

Thank you all for your writings. Its a blessing and honor to hear praise and thanks about ones father. God bless.
Jim Migel

December 20, 2012

Enjoying all of the family at the cabin next door on Hebgan Lake is always a wonderful memory of mine. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Holly Andrew Cook

Lexie French

December 18, 2012

We are so sorry to hear about Dauchy.

December 18, 2012

Sorry to hear of Uncle Dauchy's passing. My memories of Uncle Dauchy are when our family was in Rhode Island and Dauchy and Aunt Fran coming with the cousins and staying in the Rutter Grange. Boy did Uncle Dauchy make the best blueberry pancakes. Uncle Dauchy pierced my ears when I was thirteen in Rhode Island. Of course there were other visits by the Idaho Clan coming to Rhode Island. Then when I was 22, my friend and I went out west to visit and stayed with Fran and Dauchy, and they let us take their car and visit Yellowstone. My husband Mark and my Mom traveled to Idaho Falls for Fran and Dauchy's 50th wedding anniversary, which my husband will never forget. Mark says he will always remember the fishing trip on the Snake River that Dauchy took him on, the best ever. I would like to encourage my daughter and son-in-law(KIm and Chris) to visit my relatives out west someday, and maybe I will be able to go in the next two years or so. Just wanted to say hello to all Ada, and family, Jim and family, Tom and family, and Mac and family and Aunt Fran. Hello to all, and lots of love. Megan, Mark, Matt, Gondek, and Kim and Chris Fox

Steve Carr

December 17, 2012

Some of my best and earliest memories include Dr. and Mrs. Migel and playing in your home with Mackay, and Mackay's brothers Tom and Jim and sister Ada. Dr. Migel was a compassionate surgeon, a kind and wise example to me and I'm sure many others. My sympathies. Thank you for the memories.

John Freund

December 17, 2012

I remember Dr.Migel as a dedicated family man. He always had time to talk. I'm very sorry for your loss.

December 16, 2012

Dr. Migel saved my life in November 1952 when he operated on a seriously ill 3 day old baby girl at Sacred Heart Hospital. I later became a nurse. My thanks and prayers to out for him and his family. Jane Walls Golden