The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Edward Coburn, SGS, OSJ, loving son, friend, and priest, died of complications due to Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome on April 7, 1991.
The Coburn family and his friends would like to thank the medical staff at the V.A. Medical Center for their extraordinary care and kindness.Born July 27, 1945 to Edward and Helen Coburn in Salt Lake City. Michael enjoyed a life rich in service to all. A graduate of Judge Memorial High School, he entered the Order of the Most Holy Trinity in Garrison, Maryland. After receiving a Papal dispensation, he served 4 years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. As a chaplain's assistant, he earned a citation for combat support on the U.S.S. Guadalupe. He also served under the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. Later, he was employed by the S.L.C. Fire Department. In Aurora, Colorado, he supervised the implementation of an emergency response system for the city fire department. In the 1970's, Michael became a doctor of acupuncture, homeopathy, and biological medicine and in recent years taught medical seminars around the world.
A leading figure in the Western Orthodox Church in America, Bishop Michael was named a Prelate of Honour in the Ancient and Sovereign Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Knights of Malta). Michael considered practical and pastoral care of the sick and dying his highest calling in life. He participated in the development of interfaith pastoral care to people with AIDS in Salt Lake City.
Michael is survived by his mother, Helen Carter Coburn; his aunt and uncle Margaret and Phil Seal, Salt Lake City; and numerous other relations bother near and far. He is preceded in death by his father.
Prayer vigil with rosary will be held at the Holy Cross Hospital Chapel at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10th. The Solemn Western Orthodox Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. by Fr. Christopher Fitzpatrick, SGS, OSJ.
Bishop Michael had requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Utah AIDS Foundation at 450 So. 900 East, S.L.C., Utah 84102. in memory of his ministry and to continue his work.
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