Longtime local educator Deane Bozeman has died. Her granddaughter says she passed away last night after battling a long illness.
Mrs. Bozeman served on the Bay County School Board for 28-years, longer than any other person is the board's history. She worked with 7-different Superintendents, and had a reputation as a compassionate person, who took a no-nonscence approach to running the school district.
But she wasn't just content holding the office. Friday current School Superintendent Bill Husfelt called Bozeman the prototype for the modern school board member. She was a parent, active in P-T-A, when she decided to run for school board in 1986. So education was already her full-time passion.
She often visited schools, talking with administrators, teachers, support workers, even the students to get their thoughts on how to improve. She volunteered almost daily at Rutherford High School, and manned the switchboard 2-day a week after she retired.
In September 2000 Deane was there to cut the ribbon on the new school that still bears her name, Deane Bozeman Learning Center in the Sandhills. From then-on, she was a regular fixture at the school, as well as Callaway Methodist Church.
Deane Bozeman was 84-years old. The Bozeman family is still finalizing funeral arrangement.