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Dr. Marcellus L. Joslyn

July 8, 1928 — May 12, 2024

Bainbridge Island

We experienced as a planet an incredible geomagnetic cosmic event over the weekend of May 10th-12th, which brought the Aurora Borealis to many skies that it rarely graces; it began on Friday and it quietly waned on Sunday. It was a truly strange and beautiful event, which culminated in the passing of the great Dr. Marcellus LeFevre Joslyn peacefully in his home on Bainbridge Island on May 12, 2024. He was 95. It took a force of nature of cosmic proportions to remove him from this world in a beautiful wash of colors. 

Dr. Marc Joslyn was a mountain of a man, in personality, presence, and size. He was born on July 8, 1928, in Los Angeles, California to Lysbeth LeFevre and Marcellus Newell Joslyn. He had an incredible mind and contributed to the fields of psychology, philosophy, religion, and the arts. Dr. Joslyn became a student of Joshu Sasaki Roshi in 1964 and was instrumental in founding the first Zen Buddhist center in Los Angeles and, subsequently, Mt. Baldy Zen Center. He was ordained as a monk in 1972 and an Osho in 1982. Dr. Joslyn, along with his wife Hajni, moved to Bainbridge Island in 1985 and founded the Entsuan Zen Center in 1995.Up until his death, he was an active leader and teacher of Zen Buddhism, a family therapist and clinical psychologist, and a loving husband, father, and community member. 

He is survived by his wife, his four children, and his four grandchildren.

A memorial service in memory of Dr. Marc Joslyn will be held on August 10, 2024, at Grace Episcopal Church from 1-4 pm on Bainbridge Island WA 

Arrangements entrusted to Cook Family Funeral Home of Bainbridge Island, WA. 

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