D'Zurko, John Michael May 9, 1924 - March 4, 2012 John Michael DZurko: born May 9, 1924 and died March 4, 2012, of complications from lymphoma. He is survived by his younger brother William DZurko of Mountaintop PA; son Michael DZurko, of San Jose; and daughter Marla Mulkey (Mike) and two children Marisa and Matthew Mulkey, of Mountain View. A hero to his family, John was one of eight children orphaned at a young age. He worked hard and with integrity, attending college at UCLA, and Miami University in Ohio. He served in the Navy as a radioman in both WWII and the Korean War until honorably discharged in 1946 and 1951, respectively. He settled after in San Francisco where he met his bride to be, Mary Johnson. They enjoyed life together until her passing in 1989 in Southern California. Time together entailed raising two children Mike and Marla, rallying with college friends who supported each other through business ventures, local and world travel, bridge groups, charity affiliations, and much laughter through the years. John was a business and numbers guy who was an accountant for Shell Oil Co. for many years before starting a successful formal wear business with locations throughout Southern California. He retired in the late 1990's, moving to The Forum in Cupertino to live closer to his grown children. There he enjoyed wood shop, playing bocce, hosting family for holiday meals, and jetting out in his Prius to watch his grandchildren play in music recitals, many sporting events, and graduations. He always left thoughtful small items on the doorstep to make life joyful for his family, and lit up when his grandchildren were around. He is, and will continue to be, missed terribly. Services were held graveside in Fresno on Saturday, March 10, on a beautiful, crisp, clear afternoon under an oak tree. Each of his family paid tribute by a song, poem, or talk. The Honor Guard played Taps, and formally presented the flag. Services were led by his nephew, Pete Gavrilis, and he was buried next to his wife, Mary. Donations in his honor may be made to the
or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 9, 2012