Mike Barovich, the man who invented the hook shot, passed away Nov. 15, 2010.
Mike was born in Chaitanya, Montenegro, on Dec. 18, 1915, to Simo and Mileva Barovich. He was inducted into the Rocky Mountain College (Polytechnic) Hall of Fame in 2001. He excelled in every sport he played, basketball, football, baseball, bowling and golf. He won the Seniors Championship at Lake Hills five years in a row, and he was still golfing up until August of this year.
He met the love of his life, Kathryn, while at the Poly and they had 67 wonderful years together. Mike served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. After the war, he and Kathryn moved to McQueen in Butte in 1946 and his fondest memories were of Butte and all his good friends and good times that he had there.
In the fall of 1958, Mike moved the family to Billings. He was a salesman for Western Life Insurance Company. He then became the manager of the American Legion Club for five years before he retired. He spent five years as a volunteer driver for the DAV Transportation Network, taking patients to and from Miles City; Helena; Sheridan, Wyo.; and Salt Lake City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Simo in the 1943 Smith Mine Disaster, and Mileva in 1932; his beloved wife, Kathryn; his son, Jay; his son-in-law, Jerry; brothers John and Louis; and his sister ,Martha. He is survived by his son, Sam (Shirli), his daughter Kathy, sisters Margaret (Bob) and Luba; brother Nick; his nieces and nephews; six grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
We would like to thank the staff of Rocky Mountain Hospice for their loving care and compassion for our father.
Memorial service 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov 23, at Smith's West Chapel, 304 34th St. West. Military honors and reception to follow.
Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Hospice.