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John P. Dooley, 51

John Patrick Dooley, age 51 of Lakeland, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, in Newcastle, Wyo., as a result of a motorcycle accident.

John was born March 15, 1953, in Austin to John Francis and Grace Margaret (Gleason) Dooley.

He graduated from Pacelli High School in 1971 and was the all school president. John then went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota and earned a doctor of laws degree (J.D.) from Hamline University.

He was an active community leader in city office, local charities, charitable fund-raising and numerous other organizations. He was also Chief Legal Council for the Minnesota League of Townships.

John’s love and friendship touched people from all walks of life. He had a passion for the law, people and motorcycles, and loved the outdoors and hunting with his dog, Maverick.

He was also involved in national, state and local politics. John Dooley was the DFL endorsed candidate for state auditor in 1986, where he ran a strong, but unsuccessful race against incumbent Arnie Carlson. At the time, John was a 33-year-old law student who was virtually unknown, even in his own party.

John was unexpectedly drafted to run for state auditor at the 1986 DFL convention when candidate Paul Wellstone withdrew from the race to deal with an illness in his family.

John’s community involvement included a long-standing commitment to the needs of young people. In addition to having served as a volunteer adolescent chemical dependency counselor and supervisor for youths performing public service, he was a past president of the Grafitti Teen Center in Stillwater.

Survivors include his mother, Grace Dooley, of Austin; siblings: Mike Dooley of St. Paul, Mary Dooley Burns of Minneapolis, Dan (Colleen) Dooley of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Jean (Kevin) Johnson of Hutchinson, Joe (Kris) Dooley of Maple Grove, and Maggie (John) Haldeman of St. Paul; 19 nieces and nephews, a great niece and three great nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, John Francis Dooley; and his brother, James Dooley.

A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Fr. Dale Tupper officiating. Friends called at Mayer Funeral Home Friday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., and also from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday. There was a 6 p.m. rosary on Friday. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements were by the Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

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