Mitchell Kasovac D.O.
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Kasovac, Mitchell D.O.
76, of Phoenix, AZ passed April 5, 2014. He is survived by wife of 51 years, Martha Ann (Tonti) Kasovac, 5 children, 9 grandchildren, sister Peggy Meyendorff. He attended Wayne State Univ. and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He married in Detroit, MI 1962, settled in Phoenix where he practiced Family Medicine for 17 years and became DME at Phoenix General Hospital. Dr. Kasovac held several administrative positions including President of the American Osteopathic Association from 1990-1991. He concluded his career as Dean at Western Univ. of Health Sciences/COMP whereupon he retired back to Phx. He then acquired the position of Dir. Osteo. Grad. Med. Ed. Dev. for the A.O.A.; assisted with accreditation at A.T. Still University (ATSU), then professor of Family Med. His skills and knowledge of the Osteo. profession were highly valued and respected nationally. Dr. Kasovac accomplished his goals practicing medicine, being an educator, including his position as Dean. Many times he stated how fortunate he was to have acquired everything he hoped to do in his professional life. Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 PM Sun., April 13, 2014 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 4436 E. McKinley St., Phx, AZ 85008 with Requiem service at 5:00 PM. Funeral will be at 10:00 AM Mon., April 14, 2014 at St. Sava Church, followed by graveside service at Tempe Double Buttes Cemetery, 2505 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe. In lieu of flowers: American Osteopathic Foundation/Mitchell Kasovac Scholarship Fund, 142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611 (800) 621-1773 or St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church (602) 275-7360. Please visit for online condolences.

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 9, 2014.
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January 22, 2020
I have often wondered about Mitch & Marti ❣ It has been many years since we have last seen each other. I found an old Christmas letter from 2012 and reread it with a smile- such beautiful people.

I remember Mitch as a friendly and loving mentor to me when we were on the AOA Board of Trustees together. He taught me much simply by his superlative example of being honest, caring, dedicated to the profession, and kindness to all that he met.

I did not know of his passing until tonight, wondering how I might contact him & reignite our friendship. So sorry to learn of his passing so many years ago. My heart goes out to my fellow Serb and his family. I love them all.

Tim Coleridge, DO
May 5, 2014
When I was a medical student rotating through Phoenix General Hospital, Dr.Kasovac was a good influence. When my mother's involvement with the ladies guild at my parent's parish in Sun City led to a significant donation to the care of indigent patients in Phoenix, he remembered that years later when we met again in Oklahoma. I will always remember him as a caring and good person!
Anne Williams, D.O.
May 4, 2014
Marti and family, Mitch will be missed for being a compassionate doctor, a good father and husband, and a great professional resource for the AOA and his community. May God bless you all.
Chuck Ross
May 4, 2014
He will be missed and loved as a great person and mentor! God Bless & God Speed! Dan Callan DO/MPH
May 3, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Kasovac's passing. He will be very missed. Many years ago, I worked as a labor/del. nurse at the old PGH. He was always professional, caring and his patients loved him. You are in our thoughts & prayers. Martha and Steve Brack from Puyallup, WA.
May 2, 2014
Dear kasovac Family,I met Mitch at Wayne University in 1955 in a pre-med course and found him to be friendly,engaging,and outgoing.Although our paths deviated significantly and I did not run into him for another 25 yrs.,he remained just as friendly when I renewed our acquaintance on multiple occasions over the past 30 years.We shared not only our D.O. degrees but our ethnicity as well.He was a remarkable representative of our profession as well a servant leader.God bless him and your family.Sincerely,Harvey A.Drapkin,DO
May 2, 2014
Thank you Mitch and Marty. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Janet and John Bodell
May 2, 2014
He was the consummate gentleman and a good friend. I loved chatting with him. We had a great camaraderie.
May 2, 2014
Marti, So many memories of really good times way back when. Those of us who know him, studied with him and did all the other good stuff will treasure those times and such good feelings. I am so personally indebted to him for the tremendous support during some hard times. Best to you. Know it's a rough time. Hugs, Terry Dierdorff
May 2, 2014
What a great leader of the Osteopathic Family!! I will always remember the first time I met Mitchell and his wife Marty in Las Vegas at a convention in the early 70's. He has always been a wonderful physician and leader of both the state of Arizona and the American Osteopathic Association. He will be missed.
My condolences to his family.
O.W. Shelksohn,D.O.,FACOS
May 2, 2014
Dear Marti and all the Kasovac family,
How sad Royce and I are to learn that we have lost Mitch. Our profession has lost a very special leader, and we have lost a very special friend. Mitch exhibited bravery beyond compare--we cannot imagine your feelings of bereavement. Until we all meet again one day, we send to all of you our love, our prayers, and our hearts. God's Peace be with you. Elva Keilers
May 2, 2014
To the entire Kasovac Family,
Mitch is a gentil soul. He cared deeply. He loved. A gentle,caring and loving man. What a wonderful combination that he shared with us all. What a role modela! God rest his soul. My love to all of your family
Steve kamajian
April 24, 2014
Our deepest sympathies go out to the entire Kasovac family. I enjoyed working with Mitch over the past 25 years.

Konrad C. Miskowicz-Retz, Ph.D., CAE
April 14, 2014
Rest in peace Dr. Kasovac. 45 years ago you helped deliver me into the world .. and subsequently 3 of my siblings. Peace and love to your family.
April 14, 2014
To the Kasovac family may you find comfort in your great memories of your love one I am blessed to have met Dr.Kasovac (Mitch)and thankful for the time my family spent with him over the years.
paula parham
April 13, 2014
He is fondly remembered through my career starting at PGH through sharing our small office together at AT Still.
I consider him a dear friend who I had tremendous respect for. What an icon in the osteopathic profession; admired and respected by so many. He will be missed by me and those whom he touched with his professionalism, guidance, and smile.
Ken Root D.O.
April 13, 2014
Our sincere condolences to you all. May the love of your husband, father, grandfather (Dada) be with each of you forever! Our prayers are with you!
Yolie and Maria
April 12, 2014
Our sincerest condolences to the entire Kasovac family.

Dr. Kasovac delivered our children and provided medical care to three generations of our family with compassion, understanding, and profound skill. He was truly a mainstay in our lives and an integral part of our family history. We were devastated when he gave up his office practice in 1979, but understood his desire to further develop and enhance his chosen profession.

In later years he asked us to just call him Mitch, but with respect and true admiration he was always Dr. Kasovac, or as our three-year-old daughter mispronounced it years ago, Doctor Kasa-rax-us.

He is so fondly remembered and we share in your grief at this very sad time. He will be greatly missed.

- The Hoopers. -
Elta Kay and Glenn
Mary Gayle
Matthew Hall
April 12, 2014
How sad it was to learn of Mitch's death. He fought an uphill battle and I believe he's found peace. I have many fine memories of my times with him and the stories about his activities with my brother are legendary. My sympathy and prayers for your major loss. From what I know of your lovely family you have a great deal of support. I'll be thinking of you and yours tomorrow as life's process continues. I enjoyed talking with you and him so much over the last several months. God speed.
Terry Stoncipher
April 11, 2014
The Osteopathic Profession lost an icon and I lost a dear friend.
Robert George
April 10, 2014
My deepest sympathies to the entire Kasovac Family during their time of great loss. You are all in my heart and my prayers. May he rest in peace and may your fond memories of him sustain you through your grief.

Roberta Lemaich
April 10, 2014
Dear Marti and family,
It is with profound sadness that I have learned of Mitch's passing. My family and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to you all. It is without denial that Mitch nobly served the medical profession, both through his clinical years in practice as well as his high level administrative positions held over the years. Concomitantly, he maintained his love and devotion to his family, and unselfishly served his church community. He was truly a wonderful and admirable person. While the years and miles have intervened in our lives, my memories of Mitch's genuine warmth,generosity, and friendship will always remain with me. May God provide a place for the repose of his soul in His heavenly kingdom, and may his memory be eternal.
Millard Golusin and family
Millard Golusin
April 9, 2014
Marti and family

Im am devastated that I will be out of town (at another memorial) and will not be able to pay my respects. You know that I love you both and that Mitch was very dear to me as a fellow employee at PGH, friend and a mentor. I have pictures from PGH that I just found that I will bring to you when I get back. He certainly fought the good fight and he will be sorely missed.
Sharon Cripe
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