Don Lee Boze died Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Grass Valley. He was 81.
Mr. Boze was born Nov. 5, 1921, in Flint, Mich. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II. While attending Anderson College in Indiana, he became an outstanding athlete, receiving numerous medals and trophies in track, cross-country and basketball.
After obtaining a master’s degree, he began a 33-year career as a teacher, principal, athletic coach and outdoor education coordinator for elementary, junior high and high school students. He taught for 26 years at the Walnut Heights School in Walnut Creek.
In 1985 he retired and moved to Grass Valley. He was a Scout leader and Explorer advisor for the Boys Scouts of America, was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and earned the coveted Wood Badge ward. He was president of the Children’s Unicycle Club of Concord and enjoyed camping, gardening, photography and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Von de Porten Boze; sister and brother-in-law, Bea and Alton Chew of Chula Vista; sister, Erma Jean Bittner of Flint, Mich.; son and fiancee, Bill and Mary of Oakland; daughters and sons-in-law Jeanne and Glen Cowan of Paradise and Marianne and Eric Hecox of Redmond, Ore.; son, Don of Eureka; son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Sheri of Grass Valley; daughter-in-law, Cindy of Moraga; grandchildren Sarah, Todd, Peter, Talina, Heather, Jason, Beth, Tiffany, Michelle, Jamie, Erin and Elesha; great-grandchildren Desi and Robbi; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Fay and Dale Bearup; and brother-in-law, Bernard Bittner.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chape
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