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John Gary Zeitz, Sr.

October 3, 1942 ~ January 3, 2021 (age 78)

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John Gary Zeitz Sr.,78, of Clarksburg, Maryland, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at his home. He was born on October 3, 1942, in Johnson City, NY, to the late John Zeitz and Theresa (Penna) Zeitz. He was predeceased by his brother, Albert Zeitz. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, of 47 years, and his two children, Renee Mary Anderson of Shippensburg, PA, and John Gary Zeitz, Jr. (Debbie) of Damascus, MD, two grandchildren, John Gary Zeitz III, Germantown, MD, and Connor Lewis Zeitz, Cockeysville, MD, his brother, Michael Zeitz (Debbie), his sister Ann Marie Stone (Richard), both of Johnson City, NY, his niece, Jessica Hartley (Richard) of Belmont, MA, nephews Michael Zeitz, Jr. Roanoke, VA and Matthew Zeitz, Johnson City, NY. He will be remembered by his close and special friend Eric Troxell, Detour, MD. John and his wife raised thoroughbred race horses for many years on their farm in Clarksburg. He loved working with the young horses and participated with his trainers to bring each horse to its individual potential. His horses raced at Charles Town, Laurel Racetrack, Pimlico, Delaware Park, Mountaineer, and Penn National Race Course. John had a long and successful engineering, project management, and business development career at IBM, Loral, and Lockheed Martin and retired as a Business Development Executive. He was responsible for the company's successes in many of their information technology projects and particularly in their programs for the US Census Bureau and international Census projects in the UK and Ireland. After retiring, he began a second career as the Business Development Advisor to the CEO of CMC, the US information technology company, which is a member of the TATA Group, a global corporation headquartered in India. John was responsible for many successful projects and company achievements both in the US and internationally as a result of his business advisary role at CMC. He retired from his business career in 2010, but thought he might get bored in retirement so he and Evelyn purchased a 250 acre farm a few miles north of Frederick near Thurmont, MD. They continued to live on their farm in Clarksburg but spent the past 8 years working on the new crop farm with the goal of improving the farm to its fullest potential. They planted and harvested soybeans, wheat, corn. and timothy hay. John's goal was to make the farm and its crops the best they could be. Due to COVID restrictions, private services will be held at the Mt Olivet Cemetery chapel mausolium, Frederick MD. Interment will be immediately following at the Monocacy Mausoleum at Mt Olivet Cemetary. Arrangements are with Stauffer Funeral Home, Frederick, MD. 

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