July 30, 1952 - February 8, 2014
Resident of San Mateo
Kurt Edward Amundson, 61, of San Mateo, beloved father, brother, uncle and friend, former U.S. Navy Seal and accomplished Silicon Valley business executive, passed away at Mills Peninsula Hospitalon Saturday, February 8, from extended illness following a surgery last fall.
Kurt is survived by his two children, Erik, 17, and Sophie, 13, of Menlo Park and his two sisters, Anne Marie Kniel of Orinda and Trudi Amundson of Richmond, as well as his brother-in-law Chris Kniel and his nieces and nephew, Kurt and Karen Kniel and Molly and Robin Cohen. He is also survived by his dear companion Eileen Olmos of San Mateo, a source of constant support throughout his illness.
Named CFO of the Year for Private Companies twice, first by the San Jose Business Journal in 2011 and again by the San Francisco Business Journal in 2012, Kurt had been CFO of fast-growing video camera company GoPro of San Mateo from 2009 through 2013. In his role he helped to steer GoPro from a startup to tremendous growth and success worldwide. He held similar senior financial and executive positions at a number of Bay Area companies, with more than 20 years' experience as a CFO for companies including Proxim, Inc., Abaxis, Metra Biosystems, Shaman Pharmaceuticals and Adesso Healthcare Technology. He began his career at Price Waterhouse in San Jose in 1980, following his graduation from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. He spent four years prior to college serving for the U.S. Navy from 1972 - 1976, including his time in the SEAL special forces unit.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Kurt relished the wealth of California's natural wonders throughout his life, from surfing in the waters of Santa Cruz as a teenager to skiing in the Sierras, hiking in Yosemite and the many Peninsula Open Space parks, diving in the Monterey Bay and riding his bike with his kids around the waters of Foster City. He especially loved the water, being an accomplished swimmer, SCUBA diver and sailor. He was also a world traveler, avid reader and politics and history buff. His generous spirit, dynamic personality and love of sports were celebrated by his many friends and colleagues.
A celebration of Kurt's life will be held Friday, Feb. 21 at 2:30 pm at GoPro Headquarters in San Mateo.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Navy SEAL Foundation, which Kurt loved and generously supported, with the mission of providing assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 12, 2014