Zeyn Nasut Uzman

  • Born: July 16, 1927
  • Died: May 24, 2015
  • Location: Warren, Michigan

D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home

30009 Hoover Road
Warren, MI 48093

Tel. (586) 751-0444

Tribute & Message From The Family


Zeyn Nasut Uzman, age 87. Beloved husband of Ayten, who proceeded him in death, He is survived by his brother Culmut; sons Akif (Amy) Uzman and Zeyn (Debra) Uzman; grandchildren, Jacob and Seth Uzman; and his precious feline companion, Rascal. Nasut was born July 16, 1927 in Istanbul, Turkey. Nasut was one of five children of Mazhar and Saadat Uzman. His father started the first Psychiatric Hospital in Turkey. From his father, he learned to respect and honor people from all walks of life. He could make anyone from the cashier at the local market to a CEO of a large engineering firm feel valued.

He earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Roberts College in Istanbul. During College, he developed an interest in the Cello, taking lesson from the sister of Ayten, his future wife. Ayten and Nasut immigrated to the United States in 1951 and married in Detroit, Michigan. They were happily married for the next 60 years. Nasut received his Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1952. Shortly thereafter, he began working at Smith, Hinchman and Grylls (SH&G) in Detroit. He was a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. During his 40 year career with SH&G, Nasut was a well-respected structural and foundation engineer, consulting on many projects around the world, including the Renaissance Center and Michigan Consolidated Gas Building in Detroit, the underground laboratory in Houston, where moon rocks were examined during the Apollo space program, and the Corvette assembly building in Kentucky. He also was one of the first engineers to be certified to design fallout shelters during the 1960s. In the 1970s, he became a professor at Lawrence Institute of Technology. After retiring from SH&G, he began his own consulting business and practiced engineering for another 20 years until his 84th birthday.

When he was not working, Nasut loved to paint landscapes, work on his extensive stamp collection, and raise vegetables in his garden. He was also a supporter of the Detroit Symphony, Detroit Opera House, and Detroit Ballet, which he enjoyed attending with Ayten. He could often be seen in Warren, riding his bicycle to the store. Nasut was a proud and loving father to his sons, and mentor to his grandsons. He will be missed by all his friends and family.

Visitation for Nasut will take place on Wednesday, May 27th from 6-9 p.m., with a 7:30 pm Eulogy Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Road) in Warren. Closing Prayers will be held on Thursday, 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with burial immediately afterwards at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Memorial donations are welcomed to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201.

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