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Mike Bozeman
April 5, 1944 - June 2, 2014

 

a loyal friend! Mike was just a phone call away for anyone in need of a helping hand, and he will be fondly remembered for his generosity, compassion, and sparkling smile. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesheraldonline/obituary.aspx?n=jay-bozeman&pid=171260587&fhid=3134#sthash.UIEotRsf.dpuf
a loyal friend! Mike was just a phone call away for anyone in need of a helping hand, and he will be fondly remembered for his generosity, compassion, and sparkling smile. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesheraldonline/obituary.aspx?n=jay-bozeman&pid=171260587&fhid=3134#sthash.UIEotRsf.dpuf
a loyal friend! Mike was just a phone call away for anyone in need of a helping hand, and he will be fondly remembered for his generosity, compassion, and sparkling smile. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesheraldonline/obituary.aspx?n=jay-bozeman&pid=171260587&fhid=3134#sthash.UIEotRsf.dpuf

   Farewell to Mike
    Mike Bozeman was born on April 5, 1944 in Vallejo, California to Jay and Ethel Bozeman, rounding out their family of four. His sister, Sharon, was born the previous year.
    Mike and Sharon attended St. Basil’s Grammar School. Don King recalls that despite his height in grammar school, Mike was a good athlete, playing on the school’s basketball team.
    Ethel, Mike’s mother, was a stay-at-home mom. When you entered their house, you were greeted with wonderful aromas from their kitchen. “She always had a pot of something delicious cooking on the stove,” remembers Carol Mortara King.
    Mike’s dad had an unusual profession. He owned Bozeman’s Billiards’ parlor in downtown Vallejo and he was a professional billiards’ player. As a matter of fact, he was a world champion. So it was understandable that Mike spent a lot of time watching his dad play. Mike too was reportedly an accomplished player.
    St. Vincent’s High was the school of choice for Mike. He attended the school from 9th through 11th grade, transferring to Vallejo Senior High for his senior year. After graduation, in 1962, Mike enlisted in the Air Force and served for four years. When he returned home, he was selected to attend Denny’s school of management. For several years he managed the Denny’s Restaurant on Fairgrounds Drive in Vallejo.
    Roofing was his next career. Mike worked for several Vallejo roofing companies in sales and installation. Eventually he worked independently.
    Among Mike’s favorite pass times were hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Arnold Ranch Duck Club in Suisun, where his father was a founding member. He also belonged to the Bungle Deer Club at Lake Berryessa, where his father also hunted. Of course, this sport included more than hunting. There they enjoyed large meals, drinking, playing cards and swapping “fish” tales. Mike relished the camaraderie with his hunting friends such as Joe Mortara, Sr., Joe Mortara, Jr. Al Dahme, Nick Arvis, Bill Harrison, Phil Avelar, Bryon Craighead, Ralph Harris, among others.
    “Just a couple of weeks prior to his death, Mike was turkey hunting at the Bungle Deer Club,” said Joe Mortara, Jr. “He was a real trooper to the end,” he said.
     Rich DiMaggio reports that he talked with Mike via telephone a few weeks before his passing. “We exchanged memories and stories. One of our favorite stories was when we broke into his grandmother’s house the night of the Vallejo High School graduation party. We brought our dates to the house and consumed a lot of his grandma’s booze. We really thought we were big shots that night. We had a great time,” said Rich.
    Mike always had a mischievous side to his personality. He will be remembered for his winning smile, warm personality, his great sense of humor and a willingness to help his friends whenever needed.
    Mike died at his Vallejo home on June 2, 2014 following a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Patsy Medeiros Bozeman; his son Jeffery (Jami) McDermott; his daughters Jessica (Sean) Grech and Pamela (Tim) Stephens; grandsons Charles Grech and Colin Grech; sister Sharon (Jeffrey) Nunn; mother-in-law Rose Medeiros,  among others. 

 
 

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