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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » David Zafman

David Zafman

May 28, 1963 - June 20, 2021

Service Information Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

Service Date: Friday June 25th, 2021

Service Time: 3:00 pm

Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills

5950 Forest Lawn Drive

Los Angeles, California 90068

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David Benjamin Zafman was born on May 28, 1963, in Los Angeles and remained a loyal Southern Californian his entire life. He had an excessively brilliant mind (most active in the left hemisphere), the sweetest possible heart, and a pure and beautiful soul. David passed away on June 20, 2021, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Computers were his lifelong passion. In 1977, David bought Radio Shack’s newly released TRS-80, the first-ever personal computer. He began programming it immediately, and his love for software development only grew. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in computer science and went on to a renowned career as a software architect, working most recently for IBM/Red Hat in the area of cloud storage.

As a child, David was particularly fond of television, and loved watching shows like Star Trek and Dr. Who. He was a total Trekkie and huge fan of science fiction and fantasy games. During his time at Beverly Hills High, he would most likely be found either in the computer lab or playing a marathon Dungeons & Dragons game with his friends.

A math and science whiz, his sharp intellect never ceased to amaze. David’s vast knowledge and interest in everything wowed those he met, and he used that knowledge to help others. David was straight as an arrow. He elevated nerdiness to such a high level that it became stylish and cool.

David met the love of his life, Randi, and they married in 1990. They had twin daughters, Amy Moon and Zoe Skye, born in 1996. He was a devoted and loving husband and father, who never missed a single event, whether it was Zoe’s gymnastics meets or Amy’s dance performances. He would film every event and lovingly edit them to proudly share with everyone. He was a true family man who cherished being surrounded by his wife and daughters. He took incredible care of his “three princesses,” though he was the true prince. He was also dedicated to his loving parents and sister and treasured his time on the tennis court with his family.

He was a “devout atheist” with unyielding faith in skepticism. One could say his bible was The Skeptics Guide to the Universe by Dr. Steven Novella. Despite his analytical nature, he also had a deep appreciation for the arts. David and his three girls frequented art museums and the theatre together.

David was honest, kind and good to a fault. The pureness of his soul was manifest in his ethical nature and palpable to all who knew him.

He will be dearly missed.

David is survived by his wife Randi, daughters Amy and Zoe, parents Norman and Carmen, sister Deborah, and niece Malena.

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