David Carl Bullock

MARQUETTE, MI. – David Carl Bullock, age, 70, of Marquette, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, April 30, at his home, in the loving, comforting care of his family and UP Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty Services. Dave struggled for more than 13 years with a degenerative neurological disease.

Dave was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 13, 1943 but as the T-shirt says, “I wasn’t born in the U.P. but got here as soon as I could.” At two weeks old he crossed the Mackinac Bridge and became a Yooper; he loved the Upper Peninsula. He would come home on vacation from Massachusetts, Texas or California and walk along Lake Superior clearing his thoughts and relaxing.

His father was Carl Bullock; his mother, Doris Seavoy Bullock. He is survived by his sister, Mary Beth Bullock, of Marquette, brother Robert (Bob) and his wife Linda (Long) of Milwaukee, WI., his nephew, Michael of Milwaukee, his niece Erin and her husband William Russell, his grand-nephew, Will Russell and grand-niece, Hera Russell, all of Gurnee, Illinois. Friend Janet Hruska, of Marquette was the only friend he would accept during the last three years of his life. Many cousins and their families also survive him.

Dave’s class of 1961 from Graveraet High School was very important to him throughout his life until his disease caused him to isolate himself socially about ten years ago. I’m sure friends were hurt and didn’t understand his actions but he was not in control of his behavior.

Dave received a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Solid State Physics Material Science specializing in Magnetism. He spent his professional life at MIT, Texas Instruments in Dallas, TX and IBM in San Jose, CA developing memory systems for computers. Ironic, thinking of how he lost his own memory. At one time he was considered to be one of the top 10 scientists in his field in the world. Years after he “retired” in 1992, he said, “I had to quit, I was starting to make mistakes.”

During his high school years he excelled in academics, tennis (winning the UP championship in singles), football and basketball and loved activities with friends. At one time, his friends Dan Balmes, Jim Beckman and Dave were called the “Killer B’s” (complete with costumes) because of their athletic skills. In later years he became addicted to golf and going to basketball and hockey games with friends followed by socializing with them at the Landmark Inn. Years later, he said, “I don’t see the point of socializing.”

We would like to extend a special thanks and hugs to all the Private Duty aides and Hospice nurses who cared for Dave in kind, caring and patient ways 24 hours a day for 37 months. He was a very challenging client. We would also like to extend thanks and appreciation to Dr. David Shahbazi and Dr. Catherine Kroll for their competent and compassionate attention to Dave.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael Church, Monday, May 12 with Rev. Larry Van Damme officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Mass will begin at 11:00 am with a luncheon in the parish center following the mass. Pallbearers will be Scott Seavoy, Clarence (Duke) Seavoy, Tom Bullock, Dan Balmes, Ed Fletcher and Sonny Longtine. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Bystrom, John DeYonke, and Ray Schwemin. Interment will be in the Park Cemetery following the luncheon.

Memorials may be directed to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (www.lbda.org), 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 or U.P. Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty Services, 510 Mather Avenue, Ishpeming, MI 49849.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral home.com