Alfred Lawrence Grotz
1949 - 2015
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Alfred Lawrence Grotz, beloved husband, father, brother and uncle, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, of a sudden heart attack. Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday in Blessing Colonial Chapel. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dalmatian Rescue of North Texas,, or a local chapter of the Humane Society. A charismatic and popular teacher of American and world history, geography and economics, Al taught at Kennedale High School from 1998 to 2013. Since retirement, he continued to teach a variety of courses at Tarrant County College as well as in the dual-credit program at Mansfield and Arlington high schools. The son of Lawrence John Grotz, an American, and Elisabeth Wagner Grotz, a German, Al was born in Tacoma, Wash., on July 5, 1949, but primarily grew up in East Northport on the Long Island peninsula in New York, along with his younger sister, Elizabeth Grotz Jones. A competitive cross-country runner at St. Anthony's High School, Al remained an avid runner all his life, racing in 5Ks and 10Ks as well as several marathons, including the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth. He came to Texas in 1967 to attend West Texas State University in Canyon, where he was recruited to be on the track team, graduating with a degree in history, and he spent the rest of his life in Texas, living in Amarillo, Houston, Lubbock and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A soft-spoken, quietly spiritual man who also loved to laugh, Al was passionate about American history, golf and Dalmatians, among many other things. He will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his family, friends and students. Survivors: For 20 years, he was married to Linda Frost Grotz and they raised two children, Jennifer Lynn Grotz, a published poet and tenured professor at the University of Rochester, and Eric Grotz, who passed away in 2006. In 1999, he married Carolyn Miller Grotz and together they raised their daughter, Sara Miller Urquidez, a petroleum engineer-turned-college counselor who oversees a college-access program in 15 Dallas ISD high schools with the same compassion, patience and kindness she learned from observing her dad in the classroom. She is married to Dallas attorney Thomas J. Urquidez. Al is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth Katherine Jones, and his niece and nephew, Christine Jones and Daniel Jones, all of San Francisco, Calif.

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Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 18, 2015.
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Blessing Colonial Chapel
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October 30, 2016
For my cousin I only saw twice, as a child in Germany and later in Lubbock, Tx. Rest in peace
Jutta Hippchen
December 1, 2015
Jennifer - I just happened to run across your Dad's obituary. I am so very sorry for your loss and you will be in my prayers. He was a good man and I know you loved him dearly. I love you and miss you. Yvonne Frost
November 20, 2015
In the short time that l had the pleasure to interact with Mr. Grotz he passion about history made me think completely different about it. He would make the class class fun and interested. He will be missed.
Eli Beltran
November 20, 2015
As an incredible professor I was very fortunate to have him before his passing. I'm proud to have shown him cartoons that taught about history such as animaniacs. He was very surprised to have seen something completely new and childish to teach something about our past. Thank you for guiding me through history again, thank you for your service and thank you for being a good one.
Daniel Galan
November 18, 2015
Al was a very dear and kind man. He definitely will be missed! I know living next to his mother in law how much he was loved. He never balked at taking care of issues she had or giving needed advice. Although we now have all moved from the Lubbock area, I know Al continued to minister and care for the entire family. I hate that he departed our world so suddenly and so soon, however, I know that Al must be in a much better world now. My love and prayers are with Carolyn, Sara, and Connie at this sad time. Know that you are loved! Jan Batson
Jan Batson
November 18, 2015
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