F. Michael Busch M.D.
1933 - 2021
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F. Michael Busch, MD

San Diego, CA

A longtime resident of San Diego, CA, F. Michael "Mike" Busch, MD, Captain USN Retired, passed peacefully into eternal life with God on January 4, 2021 at the age of 87. Born on July 5, 1933 in Lewiston, ID, Mike attended Gonzaga University (BA) and Georgetown University School of Medicine (MD). A pioneering urologist, Mike was a physician in the US Navy and Naval Reserves, and in private practice in San Diego. Mike was an active member of several medical associations, including the American Medical Association, California Medical Association, and past president of the San Diego County Medical Society. A longtime member of the San Diego Yacht Club and winner of the Lipton Cup, Mike competed with his family in numerous regattas, completed many long-distance offshore races including the Transpacific Yacht Race, and enjoyed pleasure cruising with his wife Jo Ann and their many friends. Mike is survived by his loving family, including his wife Jo Ann Shears Busch; sister Betze Counsell and brother Joseph Busch (Mary Ann); children John Busch (Cheri), Gretchen Busch Matheson, Chris Busch (Sarah), Karen Busch Mitchell (Ben), and Michael Busch (Cathy) from his previous marriage to Judith Cavalier Hamilton; stepdaughter Karla Smith-Jones (Terry) and stepson Gregory Smith (Nancy); and 15 grandchildren. Mike was the eldest child of Nicholas and Elizabeth Busch and was preceded in death by his brother Peter Busch. Funeral services will be private and a memorial service celebrating Mike's life will be held at a future date. For those who wish to make a memorial contribution, the family suggests a charitable donation in Mike's memory to the San Diego Yacht Club Sailing Foundation (sdycsf.org). July 5, 1933 - January 4, 2021

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 8, 2021.
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February 27, 2021
Gretchen,Karen,John,and Michael ,we were saddened to see that your Dad had passed away. Barb and I had so many fond memories of the Bush family. Prayers and sympathy to all of you.
Marlene Avona
January 8, 2021
I was very saddened to learn today of Mike’s passing. We shared some very enjoyable times together, including a bareboat charter to the Virgin Islands. Mike was always friendly and fun to be around, especially on the water, which was his happy place. He will be missed by all of his friends and family
Ken Perilli
January 8, 2021
Dear Karen, Chris and family of Mike Busch, All of us from the SDYC family will miss Mike a lot. He was a wonderful member of the club and a great competitor and cruiser on the water. Kathy and I send our sympathy to the extended Busch family with you loss. Sandy Purdon
Sandy Purdon
January 8, 2021
My condolences to Mike's family and friends. Mike was very helpful and supportive to me when I arrived in San Diego 45 years ago. I will miss him. Joseph D. Schmidt,M.D., UCSD Dept. of Urology
Joseph D Schmidt
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