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Mehmet Ali Dogruyusever
December 30, 1941 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Mehmet Ali Doğruyusever, 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Lafayette, Colorado on January 16, 2024 after a long battle with Multiple Myeloma and stomach cancer.
Mehmet Ali was born December 30, 1941 in Ankara, Türkiye. He came to the United States in 1967, after serving as a lieutenant in the Turkish commandos and working for the Turkish government as a soil scientist. He attended graduate classes in agronomy at Iowa State University, where he met his future wife, Sherry Lynne Durgin Doğruyusever. Ali became a US citizen in the 1980s.
Mehmet Ali, known by many as Ali, was an avid bridge player, reaching the rank of Diamond Life Master before a stroke in 2012 took away his ability to play. Ali loved working out, visiting his siblings, relatives and friends in Türkiye, and was a wonderful father who was devoted to his children and grandchildren.
Following his stroke, Ali, along with Sherry, moved from Urbandale, Iowa, to Lafayette, Colorado, to be closer to family, which made Ali happy as family was incredibly important to him.
Mehmet Ali was preceded in death by his father, Hasan, his mother, Zülfiye, and his eldest brother, Günaydın. Mehmet Ali is survived by a brother, Gündoğdu, a sister, Güneș, his wife of 50 years, Sherry, his son Ali Aydin and his daughter Dilek, his grandsons Finn, Evan, and Lachlan, his former son-in-law, Mathew Eccles, and his future son-in-law, David Kaufman. Mehmet Ali would also want his family to acknowledge and recognize his caregiver of more than eight years, Marissa Prickett-Bolin, whose devotion and support were invaluable to him and his family.
The family will be celebrating and honoring Ali’s life privately. Anyone wanting to make a donation in Ali’s memory is encouraged to donate to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.