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Catonsville Landscaper Dies on the Job in Howard County

Michael Dingle owned Natural Way Design and Landscaping.

The owner of a Catonsville landscaping company died Tuesday when he fell along with the tree he was cutting down, according to Howard County Police.

Police found Michael Joseph Dingle, 40, unconscious and not breathing just after 10 a.m. when they responded to the 8500 block of Reservoir Road in Clarksville. 

According to police, Dingle, owner of Natural Way Design and Landscaping, was working in a tree with all of the rigging attached. Police say Dingle and his employee removed the top 15 to 20 feet of the tree; it went as planned.

After removing the top of the tree, however, the trunk uprooted, according to police. Dingle fell about 50 feet while still attached to the tree.

When police and EMS arrived, they were unable to resuscitate Dingle, according to police. He was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital shortly after 11 a.m. 

According to the Natural Way website, Dingle was born and raised in Catonsville, starting his own business after having worked with another local landscaping business.

He was interested in using native plants and organic materials, according to the website, and made house calls to help customers create natural, organic habitats.

Jennifer January 31, 2013 at 11:55 AM
I went to school with Michael and he had certainly survived many hard times. He was a great guy. Always smiling when I ran into him at the 7-11 on Edmondson Ave. I am sure he will be missed by many. May his memory be eternal!!
joanne himes January 31, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Michael was a great friend and climber. We had many good times rock climbing together and I know he loved his trees. He will be truly missed.
Maureen Sweeney Smith January 31, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Catonsville Rails To Trails (CRTT) was shocked and saddened by Mike's death. Mike frequently volunteered his tree services on the #8 Streetcar Path and the Short Line Railroad Trail. He was very skilled, professional and experienced. He was amazing. Mike had a friendly personality and so many people considered him a friend. He would attend Catonsville events, usually holding his young daughter, the light of his life. I can not imagine the grief that is felt by his close family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know you will miss him. CRTT certainly will!
Chris Snyder February 08, 2013 at 07:01 PM
From all the great comments this man was honest, hardworking, and determined. My heart was in shock after hearing a tree man is down and I am so sad to hear the community lost such a great honest man. We are running out of them. May the Lord be with everyone so deeply hurt by the accident. Arbor Excellence

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