Peter Dan Vasilovich
1946 - 2020
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Peter Dan Vasilovich

Peter Dan Vasilovich was born September 5, 1946, in Fresno, California. His grandparents immigrated to America from Montenegro in 1914. He grew up in Reedley, California on his family's farm. He attended rural elementary schools, and Reedley High School where he served as student body president and Boys' State representative. He attended Fresno State College, then enrolled at UCLA and graduated in 1970. During the Vietnam Era, he served honorably in the California Air Force National Guard in Fresno. From 1985 to 1990 in Fresno, he served as administrative assistant to Senator Rose Ann Vuich. He then located in Claremont, California, to attend Claremont Graduate University where he earned a master's degree in international studies and a doctorate in political science. In Central California, he pursued a career in electoral political campaign directing and consulting. In Southern California, he pursued careers in marketing, sales management and hospitality services. He traveled to South America, the Soviet Union, and Europe. He enjoyed playing classical piano, collecting carvings of exotic wood objets d'art, playing chess, and gazing in awe and wonderment of the Giant Sequoia redwood trees of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. Forever the student, he engaged the American philosophy of autonomy and life with in-depth consideration of the human agenda. In so doing, he lived a principled life with an emancipated mind. He was kind and compassionate in his concern for the freedom and well-being of others. When evaluating his life, he often referenced a poem by Robert Frost: "The Road Not Taken"; the ending lines of which, revealed the nature of his autonomy: '… Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference'. In 2020, Peter Dan Vasilovich retired to his family's farm in Reedley where he lived in appreciation and acceptance of the finitude of his days. He is survived by his sister Debra Vasilovich, and his brother Robert Vasilovich and his family.

A private family service was held at Belmont Memorial Park. Remembrances may be made to donor's favorite charity.




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Published in Visalia Times-Delta & Tulare Advance-Register from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31, 2020.
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November 7, 2020
I have known "Dan" since 1974. He was Dan to all of us at Grad School. He was a close, good friend to me, my daughter, and our friends. The Obit did not mention that Senator Vuich was his Aunt. Dan spoke of her admirably on several occasions when she was still living. The Obit also did not mention his career in wine marketing and education. He was an expert and well-versed. I had encouraged him to become a Sommelier which he did and he was quite proud of this. He served his mission with aplomb. His doctorate was in International Relations. The Chair of the department was very fond of Dan and especially his ability to speak Serbo-Croatian as well as his insight into his "homeland" and international relations accordingly. In his waning days, he continued to be ever-optimistic. He was one of the most gentle people i have ever known. I knew him well. I miss him already.



dr. sharon douglas
Friend
November 4, 2020
Peter and I spend 30+ years as fellow students of the life philosophy, "Autonomy and Life." He was a friend and a unique human being. He will be missed and was loved by many. Arlene Kaplan, San Diego
November 2, 2020
Bobby --

I saw Danny's obituary in Sunday's Bee. I'm sorry.

You and your Sister are in my prayers.

God Bless You.


Lynn
Lynn Burnett
Served In Military Together
October 31, 2020
I knew Peter as we served at the same time in the California Air National Guard. He was a good soul then, and it appears he remained so.

Steve Nahigian
Served In Military Together
October 29, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
October 27, 2020
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