Deniz O. Oztan, 56, of Edison died on Sunday, September 13, 2015 after a bicycling accident. 

Deniz was so many things to so many people and lived his life with a great and genuine heart. He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, neighbor, colleague and mentor. He had a wide range of interests which spanned the globe and ranged from RV'ing trips with his family, fishing, soccer and motorcycling. Deniz was an avid bicyclist with thousands of miles under his belt and was preparing for the Century for the Cure Ride on September 20, 2015 at the time of his passing.

Deniz was born on the ship, Adana, in Marsilya, France. Deniz was raised in Turkey and moved to the United States when he was 18 years old. He studied in Buffalo, NY where he met his wife, Christina (nee Ladiana) Oztan and in 1994 they settled in Edison, NJ to raise their family.

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He had a long career in the pharmaceutical industry and was employed by Glaxo Smith Kline in Parsippany, NJ where he was a Group Leader in Biostatistics & Data Management. Previously, he worked for Merck and Schering-Plough.

Deniz is survived by his loving wife of nearly 28 years, Christina Oztan, his son, Samuel Oztan, his daughter, Melody Oztan, his sister, Filiz Oztan, his nephew Suat Onur Ayas, his aunt and uncle, Sedat and Aynur Oztan, his mother-in-law, Rita Ladiana and Christina's seven siblings and their families. Deniz was predeceased by his father, Suat Oztan and his mother, Virginia Oztan.

Services will be held on Friday September 18, 2015 at Costello-Runyon Funeral Home located at 568 Middlesex Ave, Metuchen, NJ. Prayer service from 4pm-5pm, visitation from 5pm-7pm followed by Words of Remembrance from 7pm-8pm. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Century for the Cure at in Deniz's name.