Jeffrey Errol Eicher passed away in Seattle on May 19, 2013. He was born June 23, 1966 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Trauger, Mount Pleasant Township, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond E. Eicher. He is survived by his partner of 17 years, Ronald L. Maier; his mother, Ruth Evelyn Eicher; his sister Pamela Cackowski and her partner Janet M. Kendra; his sister Cheryl L. Eicher Shipley; two nephews, Chad M. Shipley and his wife Stacy, and Matthew T. Cackowski and his wife Amy; one niece, Daniela Kendra; two great-nieces, Marissa A. Cackowski and Bria L. Shipley; and one great-nephew, Gavin M. Shipley, as well as a large extended family and circle of friends.
Jeff attended Mount Pleasant Area High School and California University of Pennsylvania, receiving his bachelor's degree in economics and social science in 1989 and his master of arts degree in communication and theater in 1991.
After graduation Jeff accepted a position as an assistant program director at his alma mater, where he produced, publicized, and managed fine arts series, served as technical director for five performance spaces, and advised several student groups.
In 1995, Jeff moved to Seattle, where he worked for Tacoma's inaugural First Night Celebration. He later became production manager for the Bathhouse Theater. Jeff spent the past 15 years as a project and account manager for The Production Network in Seattle, dedicating himself to his clients and colleagues. Jeff's work ethic and strategic mind were highly regarded - he had great ideas and many relied on his perspectives. Jeff led a great team and over the years trained many people in listening, caring, and follow-through. He was a friend to all, always ready with a sharp-witted retort and a laugh that can still be heard. Jeff passed just days before heading onsite to manage his largest project, E3 for Xbox, which he loved.
Jeff loved life. He had a broad interest in the arts and an encyclopedic knowledge of music, movies, and entertainment. He loved to travel with his partner Ron and spend time with his many friends and colleagues, and with his pets, Saffie, Bing, and Basil.
Jeff will be remembered for his one-of-a-kind sense of humor, quick wit, and booming laugh.
Jeff and Ron spent the past few years working tirelessly on the design and remodel of their home in Seattle. Everyone looked forward to each Thanksgiving and New Year's Day celebrating the traditional holiday feasts.
Jeff was a respected and loved colleague and friend, often referred to as the master in his field and brother to his many friends. He was a mentor, friend, and confidant to many.
Jeff was laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery on May 28. He was honored in his home state at a memorial service in Pleasant Unity, Pennsylvania, on June 8, 2013. A celebration of Jeff's life will be held in Seattle in July. Please refer to his obituary at http://funerals.coop/jeffrey-eicher/ for details when they become available.
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