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JEFFREY CHARLES KOZLOWSKI
January 21, 1971 ~ January 30, 2013
"Jeff had a very gentle, down-to-earth and
laid back style that made him many friends
over the years. Generous to a fault, he would do
anything he could to help his friends and family."
Jeff Kozlowski, 42, passed away unexpectedly on January 30th, 2013 from natural causes. He was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington, where he attended George C. Marshall Elementary School, McLoughlin Junior High and endured a daily commute to and from Beaverton, Oregon where he attended Jesuit High School for four years, graduating in 1989.
Jeff always had an intent to attend the University of Washington, and began his life as an independent young man that same year. Once on campus at the UW, he fell in love with the school and the city and never returned from there after deciding Seattle was now his home. After earning a degree in Biochemistry, Jeff remained at UW to participate in bioinformatics research until breaking off with a fellow student in 1998 to form Neobase, a biotech company. Using his considerable abilities in computer science and molecular genetics, he was able to create a proprietary analytical engine that would later be coveted by universities as well as large biotech companies. Neobase was acquired by PerkinElmer, where Jeff remained as a Senior Software Design Engineer until his untimely death.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed biking, hiking, camping and especially traveling, with China being his favorite destination.
Jeff was a beloved brother, son, friend and co-worker and leaves a deep ache in the hearts of all those who came to know, and love Jeffrey Charles Kozlowski.
Though his time on this earth was short, Jeff was able to accomplish so much in his short life and leaves behind a very proud family that is grateful for what time they did get to spend with him.
Jeff is survived by his mother, Linda Kozlowski; his brother, Matthew Kozlowski; step-father, Bill Supak; sister-in-law, Cheryl Monke; and aunt and uncle, Joan and Ron Runnion and their family.
A celebration of his life is planned in Seattle for mid February.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Feb. 9, 2013