Matthew J. Mikulich (of Buena Vista)

Born: Fri., Mar. 27, 1942
Died: Wed., Oct. 19, 2016

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Fri., Oct. 28, 2016
Location: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Oct. 29, 2016
Location: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

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Matthew J. Mikulich "Matt" of Buena Vista, CO.  March 27, 1942--October 19, 2016.  Born Matthew Jonathan Mikulicic in Joliet, IL to Matthew A. Mikulicic and Pauline Anna (Jancik/Yanchick) Mikulicic.

Survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Donalyn, son Aaron (Katie) Mikulich and, daughter Sarah (Matt) Sherwood and grandchildren Olivia, Ogden, Miranda, Brietta, and Daisy; siblings Lawrence (Pam) Mikulich of Seneca, IL, Susan (Gerald) Housman of Joliet, IL, Michael (Nancy) Mikulich of Danville, CA, Richard (Darlene) Mikulich of Appleton, WI, sister-in-law Marcella Enos of Fair Oaks, CA, his Uncle Stan Mikulich of Crest Hill, IL, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Gerald and Jerome Mikulich.

Matt received his BS in Physics and Math from St Procopius College (now Benedictine University), Lisle, IL, his MS in Physics from DePaul University, Chicago, IL, and his Ph. D. in Geophysics from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.  While attending the U of U, he met and married Donalyn Wilson in Bountiful, Utah on June 21, 1969.  

He went to work for Chevron Corp in Bakersfield, CA in 1971 with several moves through the years to other company offices across the US.   Matt traveled extensively all over the world for Chevron.  He was Chevron Corporation Chief Geophysicist, Chief Earth Scientist and Principal Technical Advisor when he retired in 1999.  

In retirement, he dedicated more time to being a woodworker, building guitars and eventually became a wood carver.  Before moving to Buena Vista in 2003, he designed his full log home, BORZAMOK.  After moving, he helped to complete the house and did extensive work on the inside. He began carving wood and hand carved several pieces for St Rose of Lima including the Altar and Ambo/Lectern.  

Matt served in a variety of ways at St. Rose of Lima and in the community.  He served as an Acolyte for the church, he served on numerous committees, he brought communion for the sick, and he cooked and served at Rose’s Diner.  He was well loved by the parishioners and Father Steve.
Matt and Donalyn loved to travel, visiting many European countries.  Matt's favorite destination was Croatia, land of his paternal grandparents.  They also enjoyed travel within the US proper.  Matt had been in nearly every state.  Just last May they took a 6,000 mile road trip to the East Coast.  They found relatives and made friends nearly everywhere they went.

He researched and learned about mining and mining communities teaching people about rocks, mining gear, how miners lived, and the tools they used.  He did shows singing mining songs and teaching in festivals in Buena Vista, Leadville, retirement communities in Chaffee County, and for young students at Avery Parsons Elementary School in Buena Vista and in Aurora at Regis Jesuit High School.

Matt worked like glue in the family.  He had brothers and a sister scattered in Illinois and California.  Whenever Chevron moved him close to family members, he always made arrangements to see and spend time with them.  Something that kept people together was a shared love of board games.  Surrounding family would come to visit and play sometimes all day on Saturdays.  He was always looking to make the connection with family near and far.
Matt fought lung cancer long and hard for nearly 8 years.  

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your favorite charity or to St Rose of Lima Church in Buena Vista, CO.


Rosary:  7 pm  Friday October 28 St Rose of Lima Church - Mass of Christian Burial:  10 am Saturday October 29 St Rose of Lima Church with Interment at Mt Olivet Cemetery Luncheon following in the St Rose of Lima Church Hall.
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Scott Adams
   Posted Wed October 26, 2016
Deepest sympathies to Donalyn and to the entire Mikulich family for the loss of Matt. He was a long time colleague at Chevron and a loyal friend with whom I had much in common, and we shared many rewarding and memorable experiences. Matt was a great inspiration in many ways and I will truly miss him.

Scott Adams
Salida, CO

Don Lewis
   Posted Fri October 28, 2016
So sorry, Donalyn. Matt was one of a kind, creative, active, outgoing, superintelligent and an ace geophysicist. I always learned from him, whether it be technical, Colorado mining, or Jaguars. He was fun to be around, even as he was living on borrowed time these last years. The world will be a lesser place without him.

Luca and Ilaria
   Posted Fri October 28, 2016
Condolences. We are very sorry for the loss of your loved Matthew. We send you a big hug.
By Luca and Ilaria from Italy

Roberta Casey
   Posted Fri October 28, 2016

PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Roberta .

It is with great sorrow that we noted Matt's passing. It was always a pleasure to be in the company of Donalyn, Matt, Aaron and Sarah. All are in our prayers. With heartfelt sympathy, Roberta & Don Casey Walnut Creek, CA

The Kales. Mike, Mary, Chris & Nicole
   Posted Fri October 28, 2016
Donalyn and family, Our Love, our Prayers and Deepest Sympathy to you at this time!! Everyone dearly Loved Matt!!! He was just amazing! He inspired us all!! and now, he is at Home in Peace and Comfort of our Lord! He is gazing down upon you and praying for you always until you are all together again!! You will receive Many Blessings from Matt!! In Christ, Mike, Mary, Chris & Nicole

Marcy Munson
   Posted Fri October 28, 2016
So sorry to hear this sad news! Matt was so full of life and so enthusiastic about his work and so many other interests. It is hard to process that he is gone. He was a good guy and I so enjoyed working with him at the corporate offices in San Francisco. Peace to you, Donalyn and family, as you face the future without him.

Scott & Susan Wood
   Posted Sat October 29, 2016
Our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Victor Yanchick
   Posted Sun October 30, 2016
My condolences go to the Mikulich family on Matthew's passing. I remember him growing up in the Forest Park area of Joliet, Illinois when I would ride my bike up to his house.
He also did a lot of work in tracing the family history of the Jancik/Yanchick family for which I am so grateful.

Vic and Donna Yanchick

nick zdunich
   Posted Tue November 01, 2016
Matt was a great friend in grammar and high school - bright, lively, engaging, always looking to see what was new. He was the friend who sticks closer than a brother. Your loss is great as Matt was great. God bless you all in comfort and surely in wonderful memories.

Ray Rene
   Posted Wed November 23, 2016
Matt, you have been a good and brave friend. I’ll miss your emails and treasure especially the last one written from the quiet of your great room as Donalyn slept in a chair beside you. Thanh Hai and I will miss you. As our parents and grandparents live within us, may your family have the pleasure to honor and respect you for many, many year to come. Ray

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