After a short illness, David Michael “Mike”, Dooley, aged 73, passed away in Dallas, Texas on March 29, 2022. Mike was born to Justin Dooley, a postal carrier, and Bernice Adams Dooley, a school librarian.
In 1974, he began his career in the irrigation industry. He then acquired King Lawn Sprinkler Company, which in 1986 increased its size and reputation until his retirement in 2000. King Lawn Sprinkler is still the leading irrigation company in Dallas, designing, installing and servicing residential and commercial systems throughout the Park Cities and beyond.
Mike, a lifelong rock music lover, opened his own nightclub in the late 1970s. “Dooley”‘s, located on Lemmon Avenue, Dallas was a popular spot for live music acts and touring acts such as The Guess Who. They also used the club as a place to unwind after local concerts. Although the nightclub closed down, Mike didn’t lose his love for live music and concerts.
Mike was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying and owning an aircraft. He generously donated his time and resources to Justin United Methodist Church, Justin Community Volunteer Fire Department, and Justin United Methodist Church. Mike’s other great love was his farm, just outside of Justin. It had been in his family since more than 100 years. On a sunny day, he couldn’t be happier riding his three-wheeler across the farm. Mike and the private airfield he built on the farm were key to the community’s historical struggle against the proposed landfill near Justin.
His parents, Terri Fletcher Dooley, and his brothers Charles Kenneth Dooley (and Robert Daniel Dooley) preceded Mike in death.
Many nieces and nephews are his survivors, as well as a number of long-lasting friends. Mike will be remembered for his generosity and devotion to his family and heritage.
On Monday, April 4, 2022, at 10:00 AM, a funeral service will be held at the Justin Methodist Church. The Justin Cemetery will be the place of interment.