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Apr 25, 2013 - Staff
Dan Bozanic, a former Lander resident who spent 37 years traveling the world as a petroleum geologist, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, in Perth, Australia. He was 86 years old.
He was born July 30, 1926, in Hudson, the son of Bob and Mary Bozanic. The family moved to Lander in 1935.
Mr. Bozanic was a popular all-around Lander Valley High School student who excelled in sports and academics. After graduating in 1944, he joined the Army and served two years with the military police in Rome and Naples.
Following World War II, he went on to the University of Wyoming where he earned a bachelor's degree in geology in 1951 and a master's degree in 1952.
In 2004, he and his brother, Milt "Bob," founded the annual Bozanic Scholarship, which awards a four-year scholarship to a Lander Valley High School graduate attending the University of Wyoming.
He described himself as a Rocky Mountain rock hound who traveled dozens of countries in five continents, while contracted to Chevron oil. Assignments took him to Ecuador, Guatemala, Trinidad, Libya, Australia and Indonesia. He ended his career as the chief geologist, responsible for 111 fields and a large staff of geologists and geophysicists in Sumatra.
His family said that at one point early in his career when oil prices began to rise, he commented that "At this rate, oil could hit $5 a barrel."
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nurie, of Perth; brother Milton "Bob" Bozanic of Las Vegas; nephew Robert Bozanic; nieces Dana Coffin and Julie Larwood; sister-in-law Lynne Bozanic; grandniece Logan Coffin; and grandnephews Bobby Coffin, Daniel Bozanic and Joey Larwood, all of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother George; and sisters Mildred and Mileva, who died in infancy.