HOLLAND — Michael Lozon, a beloved regional author and photographer, died Friday, July 2, at the age of 72 just after a five-thirty day period struggle with most cancers.
Lozon was born in 1948 in Grand Haven, but used most of his childhood in Alpena. Following going to West Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Central Michigan University and commenced his profession as a author.
Lozon was the business enterprise editor at The Sentinel from 1987-1990. He also worked as a business writer at The Grand Rapids Press, a freelance author and editor for Holland Hospital and a team facilitator at Herrick District Library.
In 1994, Lozon released The Publish Way, which targeted on the publication of historic files and tales about nonprofit companies, governmental organizations and organizations.
Lozon’s very first guide, “Eyesight on Main Road: Downtown Holland’s Resurgence as the Coronary heart of the Local community,” opened his eyes to extended-form producing. The e-book centered on the historical past and revitalization of downtown Holland, with aid from Prince Corp. founder Edgar Prince and his spouse, Elsa.
Even soon after leaving The Sentinel, Lozon continued to freelance for the paper. Sooner or later, he turned a columnist and member of the paper’s Reader Advisory Board.
“Mike was a consummate experienced and a hell of a journalist,” claimed Sarah Leach, govt editor of Gannett’s Holland and Petoskey newspaper teams. “He cared deeply for the Holland neighborhood, by volunteering his time for several community functions, including lending his visible acumen for Tulip Time picture strolling tours.
“He was a relaxed and regular voice, lending his insights and experiences to The Sentinel’s Reader Advisory Board. He despatched me story thoughts, suggestions, even an encouraging word from time to time. I will skip him tremendously.”
Lozon’s enthusiasm for pictures arrived afterwards in daily life, when he spent hrs documenting happenings at area parks and gatherings.
In total, Lozon authored 12 historical publications. According to his family members, he most appreciated his do the job capturing the heritage, life and spirit of the Holland Farmers Market place for his guide, “Where Metropolis and State Connect: How the Holland Farmers Market Grew from a Couple Distributors to a Neighborhood Treasure”.
Lozon leaves powering a wife and daughter. In lieu of flowers, items or cards, his household asks that community users check out a library and “decide on up any e-book on local history and read it in his honor.” Donations can be produced to Hospice of Holland.