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Jeffrey Sandsmark Bottman

Passed away on January 21, 2021

Jeffrey Sandsmark Bottman, age 63, of Seattle, Washington passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

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Kiffin Gish

April 21, 2021

I was Jeff's freshman roommate at Stanford, and although I was the goof off he was a serious and well-mannered student from the very beginning. While we never became super close as some roommates do, I remember being very impressed by his excellent performances and despite our differences he was always very kind to me. He had The Starry Night poster hanging above his bed, which got me interested in modern art in general and in van Gogh in particular. I feel sad to hear that Jeff passed away, but I am happy at the same time to hear that he led a well-deserved successful life after graduating from Stanford.

Bill Burke

February 17, 2021

Jeff and I worked together on the Ulu project in Fluke Networks. Jeff was one of the electrical design engineers and I was on the mechanical design side of the product. At first our relationship centered on the product issues and then slowly evolved to our life outside of Fluke. One day, Jeff completely surprised me by asking numerous questions regarding classic 911 Porsches. Within a few months, there was a beautiful 80’s vintage Porsche Targa parked in the upper lot. Jeff was the proud owner. From then on, our daily work routine was peppered with the in’s and out’s of Porsche ownership. I will surely miss the chance of us passing each other on a smooth curvy road with the obligatory “thumbs up” acknowledgement. It was an honor to have known Jeff. My sincere condolences.

Warren Wong

February 16, 2021

Last week, I heard from a fellow neighbor and retired Fluke engineer that Jeff had suddenly passed away. I was shocked and very saddened by the news. I met Jeff when he first came onboard at Fluke. He roomed with a mutual friend - another Stanford grad and hardware engineer like Jeff. Back in the day we would share a beer or two after work, trading stories about our new experiences at Fluke and life. I got to know Jeff as a brilliant engineer with a wry sense of humor.
Since then, we went our separate ways, I moved onto FCal while Jeff went on to Networks. Jeff lived up to his reputation of a GREAT engineer, combining detailed analysis and practical knowledge like no other engineer that I knew in my 41 year career at Fluke. And his products live up to that reputation, too.
Shortly after our mutual friend moved to California, Jeff ended up moving to our neighborhood, and also raising a family here. I would occasionally bump into Jeff, Liz and their dog on dog walks, and share stories about Fluke, or more recently about retirement.
I will miss Jeff. My sincere condolences to Liz and family.

Warren

Dan Stahlke

February 15, 2021

It was always a joy chatting with Jeff about electronics at family reunions. When I was a little kid he gave me a decapped microchip, and to this day it sits on my "cool things" shelf.

Tim Luca

February 12, 2021

I was very saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. I roomed with Jeff 40 years ago when Jeff first started at Fluke. He was a kind and considerate person with a good sense of humor, and it didn't take much foresight to predict a brilliant engineering career for him. After I moved to California, we lost touch, but I have very fond memories of those days. My deepest condolences to Liz and the family.
Sincerely,
Tim

P Oakley

February 11, 2021

Jeff was one of my heroes. I worked in Fluke Networks Engineering with him and I was constantly learning from him. He was always producing creative and highly effective designs but was also a great and warm person. I've been thinking of him a lot the last few days and send my condolences to his family.

Mike Sierra

February 10, 2021

Dear Liz and family,

Like everyone else, I am both shocked and saddened by the news of Jeff's passing.

Many of Jeff's colleagues have noted his talent in engineering, astronomy, and photography. They have also noted what a great person he was, and I concur. I too was a colleague but prior to that worked for the competition. As a competitor, I was fully aware of Jeff's product designs and associated patents. As the competition, we could not do much without studying those patents, both to avoid litigation and to gain new insights. His work was key to Fluke Networks success. In 2001, our company was acquired by Fluke and I recall thinking, "it will be great to work with Jeff Bottman rather than against him". And it was.

Coming from the competition and being assigned a management role in Fluke Networks was one of the more difficult career transitions I had experienced. Jeff made me feel welcome. He was a fantastic engineer, critical to our success. But most importantly, Jeff was someone I could confide in and seek guidance and opinion on any number of issues I was facing in my role. I will always be grateful for the kindness and understanding he extended.

It is with great fondness I recall the late evenings on our first project and the opportunity at dinner break to chat about the project, our kids, and many other topics. I had hoped to get together with the team at some point in the future, and perhaps we still will do so, but it will be without a key member. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Please accept my sincere condolences,

Mike

Olivier Calle

February 9, 2021

I had the privilege to work with Jeff on several cable testers at Fluke. It was a particular honor to be one of the firmware engineers who would take his carefully designed algorithms and implement them in the product. I always admired the depth of his engineering skills, and also enjoyed just chatting with him in the office, often while admiring his photography displayed there. I am sure that his passing comes as a shock to his many past colleagues, but I can only imagine the impact on his family and send you all my most sincere condolences.

Arthur Liggett

February 5, 2021

As a contract engineer, I worked closely with Jeff, following his technical lead on several projects between 1993 and 2013. Each succeeding project involved the adventure of new technology and more difficult measurements, and took 2-5 years to complete. Jeff was a fountain of technical expertise and creativity, and collaboration with him on product development was tremendously satisfying.

I retired in 2013, but corresponded some while he was working on yet another generation of cable tester in 2016. He mentioned that he was considering retiring a bit early. His words were “So much to do and see and I’m guessing it would be more fun in my 60s than my 80s.” I did stay in touch a bit through his pictures (you can find almost 3000 at flickr.com). His astronomy pictures remind me of the time he described the process of grinding, polishing, testing, polishing, testing, polishing and testing the mirror for his (first?) telescope, which apparently was amazingly accurate. One or two pictures of Jeff on Lake Washington in the rowboat that he assembled from a kit. Gorgeous images of Comet NEOWISE he took last summer. And some very creative pieces he made as a budding ceramics artist in 2019. Jeff had quite the artistic eye to go with his technical skills. Its so very sad that he has been taken so early in his blossoming retirement. I will miss the excitement of catching up with his latest doing and seeing.

With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear that the years spent on projects at Fluke, and most especially those collaborating with Jeff, contain the highest density, by far, of fond memories of engineering challenges met, large and small victories celebrated, and new knowledge acquired and added to my professional toolkit. Thank you so very much, Jeff. I am sorry I can’t relate this to you in person, and give you a huge thank-you hug. My condolences to all those whose life he touched, and most especially to his close family.

Darren Hermsen

February 4, 2021

I'm honored to having worked with Jeff designing some unbelievable products at Fluke. I appreciated his sense of humor that went along so well with his incredible engineering talent. He took Electrical Engineering to an almost artistic talent and always enjoyed a good laugh. What a great man. He will be missed dearly. May comfort and blessings be with the family at this time.

Darren