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Heinz G. Leistner

Heinz Günther Leistner passed away on December 14, 2012. Dad was born in Wilhelmshaven, Germany in 1928 and immigrated to Texas in 1950. He earned a B.S. at the University of Houston and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and became a certified Professional Engineer. He married Mom and started our family. We moved to Seattle in 1963. Dad worked for Boeing for 30 years on interesting and important projects ranging from the nation's nuclear defense to the international space station.

Dad volunteered and supported many community and nonprofit organizations. He helped found Northwest Center and the Camelot Society group home for children with development disabilities. He was a member of the St. Mark's Cathedral congregation for 50 years and served as both junior and senior warden of the St. Marks's vestry. Dad avidly followed and commented on current local, national and global political events. He enjoyed sailing in Puget Sound and summer boat trips to the San Juan Islands. Many people knew and loved him for his kindness and compassion and for his interest in and deep willingness to help others. Dad often said that he felt he'd lived the American dream of immigrating to this country getting a good education, having a loving family and good career, and making a difference in his community.

Dad is survived by his children Dori, Tiff and Paul, his daughter-in-law Amy Chomowicz, his granddaughter Alexa, his four siblings Anneliese Kundoch, Rosi Maguire, Joachim Leistner, and Dieter Leistner, his former wife Lise Leistner, and his close friend Carol Jacox.

Dad's memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Cathedral, on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., in the Thomson Chapel. Donations may be made to St. Mark's Cathedral, 1245 Tenth Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102.
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 30, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013
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