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Obituaries

Obituaries

John Kraft Seitz Long Beach, CA

John K Seitz passed away on March 14, 2013 in Long Beach, California after a brief illness at the age of 69. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Daisy, his children: Heath Seitz, Justin Seitz and Audra Seitz, their mother, Joann, and his brother, George Seitz of Broomfield, Colorado. John also had many cousins, and nieces and nephews. John was raised in Holyrood, Kansas and was a lifelong Jayhawk.

John was the Associate Director of Computing Services at The University of Kansas Computer Center until 1991. He was part of the new facility’s design in the early 1980s in what was a state-of-the-art computing center at KU, with large mainframe computers for research as well as desktop PCs available to all KU students. John managed computing services at a time of great change when typewriters were leaving the campus and students began using software in all aspects of their education. “Mac or PC?” was a common question at the time.

John pursued the next stage of his life in Los Angeles, California as a business consultant and a part-time Hollywood actor for many years, appearing in many movies and TV shows alongside famous Hollywood actors. John was even a winner on the TV Show, “The Dating Game”. John was a professional in the field of Total Quality Management. He personally performed the famous “Red Bead Experiment” with Dr. W. Edwards Deming in a seminar just prior to Deming’s death in 1993. John was a lifetime learner and never stopped planning for his next opportunity. He studied human motivation and he and Daisy recently fire walked with Tony Robbins. He took courses on investing and how to build real estate income. In the past few years, John and Daisy had just completed his dream of finding, acquiring, and managing real estate properties. He personally worked on every property and likely has the best tool collection one could assemble. His favorite place to be in the world was Harbor Freight Tools. His savored moments included eating a gallon of ice cream while watching the sun set on the beach in California.

As many people know, John believed every process could be improved. He also believed stupidity could be found everywhere and the more he cared about you, the more willing he was to point it out. John will be remembered as someone who went out of his way to try to help others see ways to improve their lives (even if they didn’t wish to hear it). In fact, John knew that just getting started is the hardest part. Thus, he adopted GOOBDIN “Get Off Our Baseline – Do it Now” as a personal philosophy. John had a keen intelligence and a sharp sense of humor. John made many loyal, life-long friends. He will be remembered and missed by all who loved him.

A celebration memorial will be held in John’s honor this Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 10:00 AM at the KU Danforth Chapel, 1405 Jayhawk Blvd, Lawrence, Kansas.