Gary Alan Poppitz was born Sept. 18, 1953 and grew up in Young America. He is remembered as a little boy with red hair and freckles, engrossed in his erector set and self-made mini bike. He earned an Associate’s degree in Electronics Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science.
His marriage to Jill Kap on Nov. 18, 1978 resulted in his greatest blessings: Joni, Megan, Garret and Kyle Poppitz. They raised their family primarily in San Diego until moving to Utah in 2003. Professionally, he worked with computers, both in hardware and software. Gary was Principal Architect for SuperCard, which earned the MacUser “Eddy” award. He did complex math in his head and successfully solved the most intricate computer problems in the middle of the night without any notes.
Gary could have lived his life on the back of a motorcycle touring the U.S. or in his garage restoring cars. He had a tinkering bent, tackling woodworking and renovation projects with great enthusiasm. He was all about making memories and thrived on doing things on the spur of the moment. The sky was a source of fascination, drawing him to helicopters, gliders, sky diving, remote control aircraft and bungee jumping.
Gary passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, one week shy of his 59th birthday. May he feel as calm and free as the sky he loved on a good bungee-jumping day.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Esther Harms Poppitz.
He is survived by his children: Joni (Jeff) Stimpson, Laurel, Md.; Megan (Richard) McAllister, Sahuarita, Ariz.; Garret Poppitz, Monterey, Calif.; and Kyle Poppitz, Roy, Utah; grandchildren: Leah, Caleb and Sara Stimpson, and Jack, Kate and Ryder McAllister; siblings: Jean (Tim) Fetzer, Shakopee; Kathi (Lee) Feist, Mercedes, Texas; Sherri (Rich) Schug, Norwood Young America; and Lee (Kathy) Poppitz, Kewaunee, Wis.; aunts and uncles Shirley Feltmann, Eunice and Harold Bruesehoff, Marville Schmidt, Ervin Schmidt plus several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A family memorial was held in Kaysville, Utah on Sept. 29, 2012.