Dec. 23, 1942 – April 1, 2018
A memorial Mass for Michael “Mike” Hosie, 75, of Coos Bay will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 28 at St. Monica Catholic Church, 357 S. 6th St. in Coos Bay, with father Henry Rufo, officiating. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mike’s life.
Michael “Mike” Hosie was born Dec. 23, 1942 in Tillamook. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at Bay Area Hospital April 1, 2018.
Michael graduated from Oregon State University with two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in fisheries and one in wildlife management in 1968 and a Master of Science degree in biology. He worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, as a fisheries scientist until his retirement in 1998, after 30 years. He knew from a young age, when he dug a large pond on his grandparent’s property and filled it with trout, and working as a commercial fisherman, that he wanted to be a marine biologist.
Michael was deeply committed to public service. As a member of the Coos Bay Port Commission, he helped get a bond measure passed to expand the Charleston docks for 76 more boats. He was secretary for the Coos County Democratic Central Committee for 9 years. As a Coos County Estuary Task Force member, he helped to zone properties touching the Coos Bay Estuary. He helped write portions of the original 1976 Fishery Conversation and Management Act, creating a 200-mile fisheries conservation zone off the U.S. coasts; as well as the 1978 Free Trade Market Access amendment which gave China most favored nation status. He helped set up the Charleston Food Bank. The largest drift bottle study ever conducted he worked on with Oregon State University School of Oceanography and Newport High School Oceanography class. Mike helped establish the Charleston Seafood Festival and even dressed up as Charlie the Tuna. He was president of the Coos Bay – Choshi, Japan Sister City Association from 1989-1992 and helped establish the Japanese Garden at Mingus Park. When visiting Japan through the Sister City Association, he climbed Mount Fuji. Recently he helped establish Oregon Oyster Week the last week of April. He was also a proud founder of the Charleston Fisherman’s memorial for which he was the committee president. On Martin Luther King Jr. day this year, he received the Human Rights Advocates of Coos County Human Dignity Award for all of his incredible service to Coos County and beyond.
As a Rotarian, he also received the highest honor of Service Above Self International Award in Feb. 2015. He made seven trips to Honduras doing numerous humanitarian projects through rotary from building schools, sending numerous containers of medical and school supplies, fire trucks, boats. Mike received the international honor of international godfather at the De Copan Ruinas Rotary Club as well as the key to the city of Trujillo, Honduras for this work as well as establishing a firefighting training project, two new Honduran rotary clubs. He began the Seeds of Hope Project, as chair of the Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary District Health and Hunger Committee, to organize garden seed companies to send seeds to Coos Bay to distribute them all over the Pacific Northwest, Honduras and other counties. He traveled to six other countries on rotary projects and shipped various supplies and equipment to fifteen additional countries benefiting so many in need.
Michael is survived by his wife, Erlinda; his children, son, David Hosie and daughter-in-law, Kristen Hosie of Canby; son, Doug Hosie and daughter-in-law, Kate Hosie of Clackamas, and daughter, Michelle Hosie Rundle and son-in-law,Tyler Rundle of Puyallup, Wash.; his grandchildren, Rosemary, Elizabeth, Ryan, and Sean Hosie; and brother, Robert Hosie of Coos Bay.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Claude and Winnie Sherwood; and parents, Bob and Shirlee Hosie.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Charleston Fisherman's Memorial, PO Box 5882, Charleston, OR, 97420
Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.