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ROLAND FRANK MORITZ

MORITZ, ROLAND FRANK July 24, 1926 to January 11, 2013 Roland Frank Moritz of Coronado, CA died peacefully at Scripps Memorial Hospital on January 11, 2013, with his loving daughters Laura Anne Smith-Moritz and Carol Moritz Craven and his son-in-law Geoff Smith-Moritz at his side. A sudden heart attack and strokes two days earlier were the cause of his death. He also leaves son-in-law Michael Craven and grandchildren Tyler, Laura Catherine, and Madeleine Craven of Plano, Texas; brother-in-law Edgar Lanning of Oceanside; sister-in-law Diane Webb and brother-in-law Jack Webb of Houston, Texas; along with nieces and nephews and their families. His beloved wife, Laura, died November 20, 2010. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Roland attended Marshall High School, and following in his father Frederick's musical footsteps, started studying the flute at age 16. After high school, he attended Occidental College then transferred to UCLA where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree along with a commission of Ensign in the U.S. Navy. With a growing ambition to become a professional musician, Roland devoted the following two years to intensive study and then enrolled at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where he studied flute and graduated with a Master of Music degree. Attending Eastman proved to be a pivotal point in Roland's life, as he met a lovely vocal student, Laura Waterman, during the first week of school. Laura and Roland were married on July 4, 1952 in Berkeley, California. They lived first in Chicago, and then in Coronado, California as Roland served in the Navy during the Korean War. Subsequently, they moved to Los Angeles and Roland joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra as flutist in 1954. He and his father shared the stage until Frederick's retirement in 1970. Laura and Roland lived and raised their daughters Laura Anne and Carol in Monterey Park, California. Living in Los Angeles allowed Roland to ski at Big Bear every winter, and sail his sloop the C-Major whenever his schedule allowed it. Most summers also included a trip to Texas to visit Laura's large and loving family. Roland and Laura fulfilled a lifelong dream when they retired to Coronado in 1997. They made new friends and were very active in their new community, the Coronado Cays. Roland was an enthusiastic member of the Coronado Cays Yacht Club. Sailing his boat Second Wind in countless regattas and beer can races, Roland endeavored to improve his skills as skipper in each race. He was an avid competitor, and he and his crew won many trophies over the years. The camaraderie he enjoyed with his crew gave him great pride and satisfaction. All of us who knew and loved Roland recognized that he was a truly extraordinary man. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word - calm, patient, thoughtful, humble, compassionate, and generous. He was a man of great integrity and quick wit. He displayed endless curiosity and inventiveness, and was a voracious reader of current events. He deeply loved his family and his country. He greatly valued life and all it gave him. Though the loss of Laura was heartbreaking, he strove to continue living life to the fullest. In his last year of life, he enjoyed and was grateful for three ski trips, a family trip to Maui, a sailing trip to Catalina, his grandson's safe return from Afghanistan, and a holiday season in the company of his family and friends. Roland's passing was sudden and unexpected, but for all of us who will miss him terribly, he left a legacy of inspiration and wonderful memories - he truly went out on a high note. A Celebration of Roland's life will be held in mid-March.


Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 3, 2013
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