OBITUARY

Gregory Robert Heath

July 5, 1977April 26, 2021

Greg Heath, 43, of Austin, Texas passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 26, 2021 in his sleep at home. Greg is a Husband. Father. Son. Brother. Engineer. Leader. Optimist. Empath. Unicyclist. Pun Enthusiast. Board Gamer. Cocktail Inventor. Goofball, Foosball Aficionado. Gadgeteer. Adventurer. Friend.

Son Greg was born on July 5, 1977 in Allen Park, MI to Robert and Anita Heath. He played alto sax in the Michigan Marching Band and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a B.S. degree in Computer Engineering in 2000. He was particularly proud of writing all his notes and tests in cursive.

Engineer and Leader Greg was an incredibly talented engineer and leader, with a two-decade career spanning numerous AAA and mobile studios across the country. Two years ago, Greg relocated his family to Austin where he began the final chapter of his career at SciPlay. He committed himself to continuously learning, and he loved creating teams where talent and personality could thrive in synergy.

Friend Anyone who has ever crossed paths with Greg will be able to tell you a story of how intelligent, kind, funny, quirky or adventure-seeking he was. He was known for his infectious smile, contagious high energy, incredible kindness, witty humor and determined positivity. He was genuinely interested in people and loved hearing others’ perspectives on everything from politics to religion and anything in between.

Husband He met Kathryn Attarian in college and when they put all the pieces together, they became a solid gold block. After college Greg and Kat ventured across the country- Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Seattle where they married and had two sons, Phoenix and Drake. Their latest adventure brought them to Houston and then Austin. Everywhere building an extended family of friends around them as they explored the world.

Father Greg loved being a dad. He took joy in sharing his childhood loves with his boys, exchanging puns, and delighted in them besting him in Mario Kart and Euchre.

Many words describe Greg, in particular the word “Gregarious”. He was sociable, friendly, outgoing with friends and family. Greg was energetic and full of life and loved to experience things for the sheer joy of it.

Greg is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Kathryn (nee Attarian); his sons, Phoenix (almost 13) and Drake (10 years old); his dear mother Anita Heath; and his brother Michael Heath (wife Janine); plus many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Bob.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021 in the Magnolia Room at Weed-Corley-Fish Lake Travis, 411 RR 620 South in Lakeway, Texas.

  • FAMILY

  • Greg is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Kathryn (nee Attarian); his sons, Phoenix (almost 13) and Drake (10 years old); his dear mother Anita Heath; and his brother Michael Heath (wife Janine); plus many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Bob.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

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Preetha Annamalai

May 10, 2021

Kat, Phoenix, Drake, i am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you. Greg was and is an inspiration. Ever curious, always inclusive and so comfortable in his own skin. He was genuinely kind and would always surprise you. Once, he made me a mixed CD of all his favorite indie bands and asked me to make him one of all my favorite indian bands - simply to understand a culture and language better. Greg made the world around him a little brighter.

Jess Klingensmith

May 7, 2021

To Kat, Phoenix, & Drake:

May you always know that there are people whose lives you’ve touched that are here for you. I speak on behalf of my family when I say “we will not forget”. We promise to keep you included, to keep Greg’s beautiful memory alive, and to love you as family. Please always know we are here. Remembering your special, special partner. Today and always...

With love and peace,
The Klingensmith Family

Jay Maurice

May 6, 2021

I can’t believe it. Seems like yesterday we were all in my hot tub in Bellevue. And Greg came to visit two years ago talking about moving back to Seattle. I offer my heart felt condolences Kat for you and the boys. There are many here in the Puget Sound region that express their sympathy as well.

Ethan Wilansky

May 6, 2021

I didn't know Greg, but had the great pleasure of working with Kat and becoming her friend. From the memories written so far, Greg sounded like a smart, loving and kind person and thus a perfect match for Kat. I feel for you and your entire family, Kat.

Kristin Hipps

May 5, 2021

Kat - I am so sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you navigate through these waters.

Love,
Kristin

Todd Storey

May 5, 2021

My heart is breaking with this sudden shock. Greg was one of my first true..and one of the best... friends from the internet, and one of the truly nicest, kindest people I've ever known. I will always have fond memories of visiting Greg and Kat in Ann Arbor, then Seattle, attending their wedding, and all the fun we had playing games. This world has lost a great light.

Nancy Baker

May 4, 2021

We did not know Greg. We know his mother, Anita. She has been in the prayers of many, many of us in Riverwood. Anita is one of the most caring helpful people I know. She is always doing for others. Our hearts break for her loss. This obituary is so meaningful to those of us who hadn't met Greg.
Peace to all.

Karen LeBlanc

May 3, 2021

Cheers to you, Greg. To one of the best guys I had the pleasure to know, I raise my glass to you and in your memory. Today, the world feels a little bleaker and less bright, but I promise to carry the flame and follow along the illuminated path you forged. I'm following in your footsteps and will spread kindness and optimism and good energy wherever I go <3

Corey DeSnyder

May 3, 2021

The obit summarizes Greg perfectly. Swam with the Heath brothers all through summer swim team up and through high school. Then both Heath brothers and DeSnyder brothers were at U of M. RIP Greg and Go Blue!

Richard Murphy

May 3, 2021

This is one of those times in life where words are wholly inadequate to express how deeply we feel this loss. Stories from experiencing the Heaths/Marks families over the years are too numerous to mention here; but the memories are cherished and always will be. RIP Greg. Love to all, Uncle Rick

FROM THE FAMILY