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KOCH JEFFREY WESCOTT KOCH Passed away unexpectedly with his beloved wife by his side on November 3, 2018, after a courageous battle with liposarcoma. He was 55. The son of Janice Park Koch and the late Franklin Wescott Koch, Jeff was born on May 6, 1963, in Plainfield, NJ. He graduated from Warrensburg High School in Warrensburg, Missouri in 1981 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1985. He was an Eagle Scout and a passionate member of the Boy Scouts of America, serving in multiple positions including District Commissioner for Washington, DC. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts' Tribe of Mic-O-Say organization. In January 2017, Jeff was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management at U.S. Department of Labor. He previously held various appointed positions at the U.S. Department of Labor as well as the White House Office of Management and Budget, during which time he received a letter of commendation from President George W. Bush. Between 1998 and 2002, Jeff served as chief of staff for his friend and fellow Eagle Scout, Rep. Pete Sessions. Prior to his time in Washington D.C., Jeff worked as an engineer at RF Monolithics, Inc. and E-Systems in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jeff is survived by his wife of seven years, Patty Stolnacker, and his expected daughter, due in January. He is also survived by his mother, Janice Koch, of Rowlett, Texas; his sister, Jennifer Leigh Davenport, with husband Mark and children Bryce and Hannah, of Rockwall, Texas; his brother, Barry Franklin Koch, with wife Claudia and children Lara and Julie, of Ingolstadt, Germany; and his loyal friend, Lincoln. Jeff was an adored husband, son and brother, a beloved friend and confidante, and a tireless volunteer. He was passionate about cycling, engineering, nature, and music. He made a lasting difference to every endeavor he pursued. Jeff brought his engineering acumen and sense of fun to everything he did, providing joy and lasting memories of Halloween haunted houses, Olympic festivities, and epic water slides to his Palisades neighborhood. Memorial services will begin on Friday, November 9, 2018 with a visitation at the Everly Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, Virginia from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by a service on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Fairlington United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending memorial contributions in Jeff's name to Cycle for Survival's team Tour de Cure - DC: Please view and sign the family guestbook at

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Published in The Washington Post from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2018.
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November 1, 2019
Jeff was unusually generous and dedicated--generous to pretty much everybody who knew him, in my experience, and dedicated to trying to bring rationality to ATF's regulatory and enforcement activities. Back in 2000, Jeff called me and asked if I wanted to get in on a group buy of the Vector UZI, at $2,500 per unit, and I went for it. There were no charges for this incredible buy, except perhaps $35 for shipping. Jeff was particularly interested in National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms and devices, and a source of help for others. I lost track of Jeff several years ago, as both of us had demanding day jobs, and regret that I did not make more of an effort to stay in touch after he left the Office of Management and Budget. Jeff was quite a smart man, dedicated to music, among other things, and a personal dynamic that only true leaders have. His knowledge of computer and threat detection system was second to nobody I can identify. Rest in peace, Jeff.
Eric Larson
May 1, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. Words can express my grief right now. Jeff was a kind and generous man and I will ride my bike to honor his memory.
David Feil
November 9, 2018
Very sorry to hear this news about Jeff. Jeff and I worked together at E-Systems for several years and I learned a lot from him. He taught me to take risks when I knew I was right. He taught me not to be afraid to try something new when solving problems.
Because of Jeff's encouragement, I bought a new Nikon camera, even though I couldn't really afford it, and launched my photography into a whole new dimension that is still going strong today.
Because of Jeff, I joined the American Hostel association and took my family on an unforgettable vacation staying at hostels all across the northwestern USA and down the Pacific coast.
During my field service career my wife and I had to travel back from Sicily to Washington DC for a week to get the proper visas. I called Jeff, to say hello, and he took my wife and I and our daughter and son-in-law on an awesome tour of the capitol, beginning with congressman Pete Session's office.
Because of Jeff, I read all of the Blackford Oakes spy novels by William F Buckley and all of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books by Douglas Adams and still know quite a bit of Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail from memory.
Jeff was a great guy to work with and a great friend.
I guess for me, Jeff will always be here because I have all these memories that were made during long hours of working and testing in screen rooms, running on pizza delivered to the flag pole out in front of E-Systems.
I am retired now but still enjoying exploring places off the beaten path. I was eleven years older than Jeff but I think he kept me young because my wife says that I was always trying something that he had done.
Thanks Jeff for being a friend and loosening me up and encouraging me.
Dennis Thompson
November 9, 2018
Jeff assisted a lot with issues regarding legal ownership of firearms, as he had a Federal Firearms License, and also dealt with National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms--a lifelong interest. Jeff was a valuable educator of people, knew how to effectively communicate policy, and he will be missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to know him.
Eric Larson
November 8, 2018
Very sorry to hear this. I worked with Jeff both at E-Systems and RF Monolithics. Always enjoyed my time with Jeff.
John Anthes
November 8, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the whole family. My heart is with you and wish I could be there.

Barbara & Gordon Scruton
November 8, 2018
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November 8, 2018
Very sorry to hear about Jeff's passing. He was a great guy and a dear old friend. We were friends and co-workers at E-Systems in Garland, Tx. Jeff was the first guy to get me involved with politics when he and I volunteered on Pete Sessions first campaign for US Rep. Very sorry to hear he is no longer with us. Godspeed, brother.
Rick Burkhardt
November 8, 2018
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November 7, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the Koch family. May you be comforted in knowing that our Heavenly Father feels your pain. He will strengthen you and help you to cope as you mourn the loss of your loved one. Psalm 94:17-19
N. S.
November 7, 2018
Remembering the joy Jeff brought to others, especially children, via his feats of engineering (Halloween, Olympics, water slides). He will be sorely missed.
Keith Nelson
November 7, 2018
So many ways to measure a man and his contributions. Jeff seemed always to live up to a higher standard. Not least of which was his love for our friend Patty -- and his embrace of her friends as if they had been his own all along. Now may he rest and entrust her and their child to us all to help watch over while he smiles from Above. Godspeed....
Bob Castro
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