Mom’s The Word: Alpine’s Colleen Bozung carries many titles

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One of Colleen Bozung’s favorite things about her Alpine home is the creek running through the backyard. “I also love that I can hear the city building bell ringing every half hour from my house,” Colleen says. “My grandkids love it.”

One of Colleen Bozung’s favorite things about her Alpine home is the creek running through the backyard. “I also love that I can hear the city building bell ringing every half hour from my house,” Colleen says. “My grandkids love it.”

Ten years ago, I moved to Alpine and I absolutely love it. I lived in Murray before, and every time I came over the Point of the Mountain into Utah County I thought there was such a beautiful rural feel to it. I live in the older part of town and there is tons of variety — little tiny homes are next to expensive mansions.

My husband, Gary, brought me to Alpine. We had both been divorced after 18-year marriages when we met at a cabin party. When he asked for my number, he assured me he would remember it without writing it down. I gave it to him but didn’t hear from him. Two months later we saw each other at an LDS singles dance and when he asked for my number again, I told him, “I gave it out once. If you didn’t remember it, I must not be that important.”

A few days later, I was packing for a trip and my son was out front mowing the lawn. When I heard the lawn mower stop and the basketball hoop swishing, I went out to tell my son to get back to work when I saw Gary shooting hoops with him. We talked for a bit and then I left on my trip as planned. When I returned home I found roses and treats from Gary on my doorstep. We’ve been together ever since and I’m pretty sure my kids love Gary more than they love me!

When Gary and I met, we both had teenage kids — we each had a 17-year-old, a 16-year-old, a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old. I also had my caboose, my 5-year-old son, Dane.

We’ve been extremely lucky that we didn’t have much animosity or drama. We all agreed — Gary, his ex-wife Susan and I — that we wanted things to be comfortable for the kids, and we made it that way. Susan and I are actually great friends and get along well. We’ve even been on vacation together with the whole family.

I work in the office at Lone Peak. When Dane started at the high school I walked into the office and asked if they were hiring. I worked at a bank before, but I wanted to be close to my kids. I’ve had a few different roles at the school, and right now I manage more than 100 substitute teachers. I also enforce the school’s parking rules. I get in a golf cart and give out tickets to students who are parked in faculty spots. The principal claims I’m the only one who can do this job because I give the kids tickets and they still like me. The kids call me “Boze,” and by Dane’s senior year I became cool enough that he wasn’t embarrassed to see me in the halls.

Another job I enjoyed in the past was being a JetBlue reservations agent. When my oldest daughter, Katie, moved to Las Vegas, I couldn’t stand being away from my grandkids. I did the JetBlue job solely so I could fly to see Katie’s family frequently. Now I have nine grandkids with one on the way.

In addition to being known as “Mom” and “Boze,” I’m also known as a yard sale queen. I love a good deal and I regularly scour KSL.com. My house is filled with items I’ve purchased at garage sales, and my friends often enlist me to find certain items. They say I’m “classy cheap,” and I get a kick out of it.

My other claim to fame is that I appeared on The Price Is Right and won the Showcase Showdown, which included a Rolex watch, a wine cooler, $1,000 cash and a new Pontiac Grand Prix.

I’m lucky, what can I say? I have an amazing family and a great life.

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Kate Lehnhof Nash first joined Bennett Communications as a summer intern in 2009. Now, as an associate editor, she writes for magazines including Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley Bride and Prosper. Kate lives in Springville with her husband Steve and enjoys running, reading, sushi and her french bulldog, Chief.

2 Comments

  1. Lana Dutson Reply

    What a blast from the past! So happy to see life is wonderful for you. I thought of you and looked to see if you were on Instagram, sad you were not. 🙁

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