Deacon Martin Bozulich, 78, died March 25 in Morristown, New Jersey, after a brave and hard-fought battle with cancer. He had recently relocated from Reedsport to be near his daughter, Jenifer, while undergoing medical treatment. Martin served the church as a deacon in Reedsport, Florence, and North Bend. There was a funeral Mass at St. John the Apostle Church in Reedsport.
Deacon Bozulich was born Oct. 19, 1938, to Anton and Mary (Ivison) Bozulich in Portland. Martin married Dorothy Woodward May 26, 1962. They lived briefly in Salem and Portland before settling in Reedsport. Deacon Bozulich worked as an accountant with International Paper Company from 1964 until the closure of the Gardiner plant in 1998. He then worked as a controller for Georgia-Pacific in Coos Bay until retiring in October 2000. Shortly thereafter he began studying to become a deacon. As part of his studies, Deacon Bozulich received a master’s degree in theology from the University of Portland in 2006. Archbishop John Vlazny ordained him a deacon in December 2006 at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland. Deacon Bozulich was devoted to serving the church as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothy.
Deacon Bozulich is survived by his daughter, Jenifer Dicker; son-in-law, Brian Dicker; grandsons, Danny and Andy Dicker; daughter, Martha Robinson; son-in-law, Laron Robinson; son, Matthew Bozulich; daughter-in-law, Virginia Bozulich; and granddaughters, Anna and Elena Bozulich.
Interment was at the Reedsport Masonic Cemetery.