Mike E Coz, 87, of Visalia peacefully released his last breath Monday August 26, 2013. He was proud to be a native Visalian born to Miguel and Lupe Coz.
When WWII broke out in the Pacific he rushed to duty as a Navy Armed Guard gunner on Merchant Marine ship SS Exchange. After the war he married his childhood sweetheart Alice, moved back to Visalia and started as a Photographer’s Apprentice at Albert’s Studio. From there he became manager of the Photo Department at Main Drug Store for over 30 years. Then in 1977 he started his own business, Mike’s Quality Cameras, which he operated until he retired in 1987. Mike was always very active in the Downtown Visalia business community.
Mike and Alice loved to travel both in the USA and abroad. While raising a family they all often camped in the Sierra or Central Coast. Or they would spend weekends boating and water skiing in his homemade power boat. During their empty nest years they traveled abroad to Europe, Asia and Mexico. After retirement they then explored the American Southwest in their fifth wheel and reconnected with extended family along the way.
He will be remembered for the warmth of his smile, his gentle manner and kindness.
He is survived by his wife Alice, daughter Pam Coz-Hill and her husband Del, son Robert Coz, Grandson Morgan Coz, great granddaughter Addison Coz, in-laws, and numerous nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Valley Oak SPCA.