A beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, Pia Bunwat Lozier passed away peacefully in her Anacortes home surrounded by family on Dec. 26 from liver cancer.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, David, two younger brothers, Thom and Thung Seesuang, her daughter Mui, and her three grand doggies, Roman, Odin and Apollo.
Born on August 10, 1962, in the village of Ban Mu Mon in the city of Udon Thani, Thailand, Pia was the eldest of five. Possessing a wicked sense of humor and a thirst for life, she held a deep pride in being Thai, creating a community around herself wherever she went.
David and Pia met in Thailand in 1986. He is a Vietnam War veteran and he was searching for a boy that he had been sponsoring through the World Vision Foundation. When they met he was especially attracted to her kindness, openness, and generosity as well as her beauty. After two months of dating, they married and moved to the United States in 1988.
They lived in Olympia for a year and then decided to live aboard a boat and sailed the Salish Sea. After stopping on Orcas Island and observing how happy everyone in the community was, they bought a house on North Beach Road and lived on Orcas until June 2022.
In July 2022 they moved to Anacortes to make it easier for her to receive her cancer treatment in Seattle. In keeping with her love of adventure, when Pia was granted her U.S. citizenship, she chose to celebrate by skydiving. As her husband, David awaited her landing, he said that he could hear her laughter above the clouds before seeing her drift into sight. Her joy and energy were an intoxicating treat for all who were lucky enough to have her in their lives.
Throughout her life, Pia frequently expressed her love language of cooking—leaving no guest or brief visitor unfed. Her talent for combining flavors and her passion for celebrating her Thai heritage resulted in many feasts enjoyed by both family and community members.
For many years Pia was a caregiver, house cleaner, and friend to many islanders and was known for her integrity, kindness, and generosity. Her Buddhist faith was very important to her and she was highly spiritually motivated. Throughout Pia’s 60 years of life, she enjoyed traveling, fishing, skydiving, and spending time with family and friends.
Pia will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery on Orcas — 552 West Beach Road. Those who called Pia a friend or family member are encouraged to visit her final resting place at plot #128, Lot A. Her ashes will be interned when her tombstone is installed. David requested that any gifts be donated to the Cancer Society in Pia Bunwat Lozier’s name, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: https://secure.fredhutch.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=adf_evergreen&experience=fhccmerger&s_src=fhcc_trans_close&creator=fh&team=philanthropy/&gclid=Cj0KCQiAlKmeBhCkARIsAHy7WVucvp4WWdL3K1EZKxMZ8xBkNoFOKudXPpif6tldiMWvgrxaxK-kWmEaApehEALw_wcB