Gregg Randal Tyler
1966 - 2011, Santa Barbara
July 16, 1966 - November 25, 2011
Gregg was born in Boston, Massachusetts where his father, Dr. Marvin Tyler, was working for the US Public Health Service as a dentist. They moved back to the West Coast where his brother Mark was born in Port Angeles, Washington. His mother Sandy, a nurse, was a stay-at-home mom while the boys were growing up.
The Tylers moved to Woodburn, Oregon where Gregg was a standout athlete in soccer, basketball, track and football. Not only was he senior class president but was the honored valedictorian of his class. The four Tylers skied together, sailed together and lived a life immersed in the game of soccer!
He then went on to the University of Oregon, was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science. After college, Gregg went to work for Wavefront Technologies in Santa Barbara, California. Gregg was a lead developer on the Academy Award winning software package, Advanced Visualizer, used to produce visual effects in many major motion pictures. He was eventually promoted to Software Development Manager and then Software Architect at Alias|Wavefront. In 1999, Gregg took a position as Engineering Manager with OpenWave, producer of email infrastructure software, and in 2004 accepted a position with Citrix Online as the Product Line Manager for GoToMeeting. Gregg's charisma, positive attitude, and generosity earned him a wide circle of friends. With his friends, he enjoyed surfing, hiking, and hosting barbeques.
His beautiful daughter, Naomi, was born in 2000. Together they fished, flew kites, walked on the beach for hours, hiked, camped and played endless games together on the computer. Gregg was an active, involved father who did a lot for Naomi from planning and hosting her birthday parties to organizing fundraising events at the Waldorf School. He was a great friend to so many, a wonderful father and a loving son.
A celebration of Gregg's life was held on Saturday December 3, 2011 from 11:45-3:00pm at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion, 1118 East Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Gregg R. Tyler Trust. Mail to: R.E. Wacker Associates, Inc., P.O. Box 15615, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.
Arrangements by McDermott-Crockett Mortuary