Laszlo Zoltan
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Laszlo 'Les' Zoltan
January 30, 2021
San Diego
Laszlo (Les) Zoltan, 73, passed away on January 30 from complications of COVID 19. He is survived by his beloved family which includes his wife Barbara, his sons Scott and Adam, his daughter-in-law Sarah, his grandchildren Yiara and Malikai, and his sister Susan.A child born in Hungary to Holocaust survivors, when he was 9 years old his family fled their homeland to escape Soviet rule, with hope for a better life. After arriving in Toronto, the family eventually settled in Montreal. Les graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked first at Tektronics, and after working there for two years obtained a Masters in Business Administration from McGill University. He then moved on to high achieving marketing and sales roles for Matrox , as well as Advanced Micro Devices and Intel, fulfilling his dream of living in America. He absorbed all the energy and learning afforded to an eager MBA who had a chance to take part in the formative years of Silicon Valley.Les's passion for acquir- ing new knowledge and his forward thinking and strong work ethic resulted in the development of a skill set that enabled him to forge his own path as an entrepreneur. In 1982 he founded Computer Modules Inc. (DVEO), and through the years he remained on the cutting edge of technical innovation by reinventing his company several times, moving from selling products for companies to more quickly and easily integrate computer technology, to the world of Streaming Media and most recently to facilitating Cloud based delivery.Those who came in contact with him described him as a man of integrity, as well as someone who gave of himself to others in their time of need or to try to help someone reach their full potential.During his time away from his business he enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, and voraciously reading on subjects ranging from human behavior, history, economics and everything else in between.Les believed that life is a journey, that nothing or no one should be taken for granted, and that having the humility to know that you don't know everything enables you to continuously learn and grow and experience all that life has to offer.Despite the fact that his life was tragically cut short, during his time on Earth he most definitely did experience all that life had to offer.In lieu of flowers, those who want to honor his desire to help immigrants and his passion for learning can donate to the Quoria Foundation.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Mar. 14, 2021.
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Kenneth Griggs
April 18, 2021
I just discovered that Les has passed away. I was just about to give him a call since I hadn’t heard from him in a while. I wondered what had happened since we exchanged email and talked on the phone fairly frequently. His passing was shocking and completely unexpected.

I’ve known Les for over 40 years since we were both students in the MBA program at McGill University. He could always be counted on to provide information and opinions on just about any topic. I could look forward to frequent email attachments related to politics, finance, society, psychology, etc.

Les always kept in touch regardless of changes in our lives and careers. He was a good and true friend and will be sorely missed.
Kenneth Griggs
Friend
April 13, 2021
I worked for Les in 2000 and the bio is true. He wanted to help us in our growth. Also he and his wife was there to help my wife that had a stroke at 30 weeks pregnancy. Sad to hear his passing at a young age 73.
James
Coworker
April 9, 2021
Les was a really nice guy and a good guy to do business with. I was shocked to hear of his passing. He will be missed
Mike Galli
Coworker
April 9, 2021
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Les.
Les and I were in the same class at the University of Waterloo and because I spoke Hungarian (although I was not born there), we got along very well throughout the University years. I visited with him and his parents in Montreal in the late sixties and early seventies while we studied together at Waterloo and he also came to Ottawa and spent time with me and my parents.
We lost touch after he moved to the US, although he did run into one of my sons at a trade show and we briefly reconnected a few years back but we did not stay in touch. he was a great guy and a good friend and its sad that he departed this early. All the best to the family.
Dr. Leslie Klein, P.Eng.
Classmate
April 6, 2021
Les was a mentor and guide when I was building a product for Weather Central back around 2010. A very smart man and a titan of the industry - I enjoyed working with him very much. Creative, smart and savvy - Les knew how to pull resources together to make good things happen. He will be missed!
Dan Desjardins
April 6, 2021
Sad to hear about Les, the last contact was on Jan 21
will miss our long calls
may your soul rest in peace - pray for us from above
Maroon K
Coworker
April 5, 2021
So Sorry to hear about Les, He was a former Boss, Friend and Mentor
Scott Grizzle
Friend
March 17, 2021
So sorry to hear of Les's passing. I worked with him thru Linear Systems Ltd., and we kept in touch over the years, and as recently as just this past December. Will miss our yearly catch-ups.
Rest in peace Les.
Valeri
Coworker
March 17, 2021
I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Les Zoltan. I began working with Les almost 16 years ago when he hired me to be his advertising agency. We worked together to create the new look for DVEO as well as doing multiple product shoots and trade shows together.
Les was a real mentor to me and he was always concerned with my well being. I just spoke with him in January so I was very surprised to hear about his passing. He will be greatly missed.
Douglas Schwartz
Friend
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