PLASSCHAERT , Alex Edward
Santa Clarita-Alex (The "Big A") Edward Plasschaert, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Saturday, March 24, one day after celebrating his 75th birthday in Memphis. He was preceded in death by his parents Alexander and Grace Plasschaert.
Alex is a native Californian and has been a dancer, choreographer, and stuntman. He was one of the dancing chimney sweeps in "Mary Poppins," and he danced with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and Debbie Reynolds, and with Barbra Streisand in "Hello Dolly" as well! Alex was also a stuntman in many movies and is responsible for coordinating several live stunt shows at Universal Studios. He owned a thriving dance studio in Canyon Country for many years where he taught jazz and tap and gave stunt lessons. He was a truly talented artist who loved to perform, direct, coach, and teach; and was loved for his vibrant personality and incredible patience.
Alex shared much of his talent with church pageants, including the "Living Christmas Tree" productions at the Van Nuys Baptist church. This legacy lives on today at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, where Alex helped create the Living Tree programs at Christmastime and where he spent his last day on earth, helping with their upcoming Easter celebration musical.
Alex lived life to the fullest. He loved activity-skiing, water skiing, playing tennis and golf, and having big family feasts! His warmth and love for people have blessed many. He found his life's purpose in serving God with a passion, and he devoted his life to honoring Jesus Christ. His life verse is Jeremiah 29:11: "'I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord."
Mr. Plasschaert is survived by his wife, Barbara Plasschaert, daughter R.D. Plasschaert, son A.J. Plasschaert, daughter Kellyn Plasschaert, son Nicholas Plasschaert, son Gavin Plasschaert, daughter Brandi Round, stepchildren Kelly Seidenkranz and Craig Houston, grandchildren Cole, Luke and Summer Plasschaert, Mackenzie and Zachary Plasschaert , Hanna Round, Joshua Seidenkranz, Isabella and Donovan Houston, and many dear friends.
A memorial celebration will be held at The Sanctuary Church, 26444 Friendly Valley Parkway, in Canyon Country, on Saturday, March 31st, at 2:00 p.m.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 29, 2007