Matthew Francis Burazin, 91, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017 from congestive heart failure. He was born in St. Francis, Wisconsin on October 25, 1925, the oldest of four children of immigrant parents from Croatia. Croatian was his first language. Matt’s dad played the concertina. A quick learner, young Matt became proficient playing the concertina. He was drafted into the Army at age 19 and stationed in Okinawa, Japan as a construction foreman during the Occupation of Japan. His concertina and one suitcase accompanied him. Music was a big part of his life and he loved to play, whether for personal enjoyment or his “gigs” at private parties and clubs. Almost everyone who knows Matt has heard him play. Shortly after marrying Violet in 1949, Matt started a construction company in Milwaukee, successfully supporting his family of six in a very competitive market. Tired of the Wisconsin winters, in 1987 Matt and Violet retired and moved to Sun Lakes, trading in a snow blower for a golf cart. They were always grateful for the sun, fun, and friendships. Violet passed away peacefully in 2010 after 61 years of their marriage. Matt was an avid golfer and charter member of St. Stevens, a Eucharistic Minister, and active in Respect Life. A member of the Knights of Columbus since 1955, and Fourth Degree since 1957, Matt was one of the founders of the local KC Council. He attended VFW events and took a WWII Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2014 with his good buddy, Deacon Lou Pardini. After Violet’s passing, Matt attended New Beginnings and was blessed to develop a close relationship with Helene Reade (Frenchy), an honorary Croatian as they traveled to several Croatian events. Matt and Helene enjoyed each other’s company and danced often until Matt’s condition couldn’t handle it any longer. Matt is survived by his sister, Josephine; his daughters: Violet (Patrick), Gloria (Bob), Margie, and Fran; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday, February 17, 2017 with a visitation at 9:00am followed by the service at 10:00am St. Stevens Catholic Church 24827 S. Dobson Rd. Sun Lakes, AZ 85248