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.

Please share memories of Nasut at his memory book above.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was about 14 years old at the time, and I was coming along with my mother on our weekly visits to see Cicianne and Nasut Dede. I was excited for two reasons. The first one was that Cicianne would make her hallmark ice cream: huge mounds of chocolate ice cream covered in all sorts of wonderful toppings almonds, cookies, bananas, cherries, raspberries form the garden, self-made jams and preserves. It was a treat every weak.

But secondly, I was eager to show Nasut Dede a painting I made. I bashfully opened up the watercolor book and showed him the still life of an eggplant. Good, he said. Now being a teacher of gentle patience, Nasut Dede was also very economical with his words: but your lines for the table are crooked. Draw a line for me.

I drew a line for him across the page. It wasn't straight, and I thought I could just use a ruler.

You don't need a ruler, he said. When you draw a straight line, you always look to where the line is going to be. Not where your line currently is.

So I took the pencil again and this time stared ahead of the line and let my hand lead itself in the right direction. The line was now straight.

There are a few people in my life that I will never forget and never wish to see leave this world. I miss both Nasut Dede and Cicianne dearly and am reminded of them nearly every day. Their impressions live on in my memories, as clear as when I was with them, and I have been forever grateful to have know them.

Posted by Erol Ahmed - San Francisco, CA - Family member   June 12, 2015

All of us at DFI Bridge Corporation & Don Facciobene, Inc. extend our sympathy and prayers to the Uzman family in the loss of their father. Each of you will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless you all.

Posted by DFI Bridge Corporation/Don Facciobene, Inc. - PALM BAY, FL - Business Client of Zeyn Uzman   May 28, 2015

Death is inevitable but the news still stings just the same. Our elder generation of loved ones are slowly departing, leaving us with a void that cannot be filled. He was a great role model and his legacy will live on through all that those he touched, especially his sons Akif and Zeyn. From the age of 12 until today, 49 years later, I always felt welcome in your home. You will forever have our respect. Your company, as also Ayten teyzes, was much enjoyed and will be dearly missed.
May you rest in peace.
Love Nilgun and Namik Mandal

Posted by Nilgun Mandal - Trooy, MI - long time family friend   May 27, 2015

As a friend and colleague of Zeyn, we were lucky enough to have met his Dad when he visited Pennsylvania. We could tell he was a man of sincerity and genuineness by the way he spoke, and the stories he told. Even the last ones from his hospital bed before he died, were a testament to his sense of humor, and his love of people.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his brother, to Zeyn and Debbie, his brother and family, and to all of those who had the good fortune to meet and know Zeyn Nasut Uzman.

May he find peace in Heaven with his wife.

In their Memory,

Scott and Delphine

Posted by Scott and Delphine - Malvern, PA - Friend of Zeyn   May 26, 2015

Mr. Uzman was such a kind, generous, intelligent, patient, driven and giving man. My mother, Linda, and I cleaned his house together, bi-weekly, for years. We enjoyed listening to Zeyn's wife, Ayten, tell us stories from their past and talk about their children, grandchildren, and pet cats. They'd always share food with us, too. Mr. and Mrs. Uzman were beautiful people, inside and out! They'll always be remembered fondly, and never forgotten. Bless their dear souls!

Posted by Dianna Fry - MI - friend   May 26, 2015

Dear Uzman Family, I would like to express my condolences for the loss of your beloved father. I wish I had known him before, still I feel myself luck to get to meet him in his last days, and have a chance to chat with him. After seeing him recovering at his ICU bed, it was quite shocking to hear that his heart could not work anymore and stopped next day. Even during this short period, it was obviously noticeable that he is a warm, loving, friendly person.
May he rest in peace!


Posted by Nilufer Esen-Bilgin    May 26, 2015

Mr. Uzman's son, Zeyn, is my best friend since our college days at UM. I accompanied Zeyn on several occasions to visit his parents when we were in college. His parents were so warm and caring towards me, treating me like their own son. Mrs. Uzman was gregarious. Mr. Uzman had a quiet, composed demeanor, soft spoken and always smiling. He loved to tell stories and he was very good at it. If Norman Rockwell did a painting of him, it would be fitting for it to be Mr. Uzman sitting in a rocking chair surrounded by kids earnestly and attentively listening to him. He loved life and lived it to the fullest, and he had such a positive attitude towards everything. I can only hope to grow old as he did with so much dignity, grace and positivity. He will always be in my family's thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Fernando del Rosario - Greenville, DE - friend, friend of his son, Zeyn   May 26, 2015

My condolences to the family and friends of Nasut. I will always remember his warm and generous nature with everyone. He was well informed on many topics both current and historical and ready to discuss them. A modest man with a firm and welcoming handshake. I will miss him.

Posted by Ferid Ahmed - Shelby Township, MI - friend   May 25, 2015

Whenever I think of "Mr. Uzman" as he was to me as a child, I remember him coming home from work and then coming outside to sit in the garden area with his wife to catch up on the day and get ready for dinner. Many times I remember him grilling in the yard and laughing at the silly things Zeyn and I would be doing. I also remember him downstairs working at his desk or tending to his stamp collection. I remember Zeyn and I started stamp collections of our own because he made it interesting. He was a busy man but always had time to chat with us. Always smiling. Always kind. A gentle soul. I will remember both Ayten and Nasut all my life.

Posted by Karen Tyree McDougall - Cedarburg, WI - Neighbor and Friend   May 25, 2015

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