Laszlo 'Les' Zoltan
January 30, 2021
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.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Mar. 14, 2021.