Jeffrey George Manatt

JEFFREY GEORGE MANATT, 55, of Kirkland, Washington passed away in his sleep of natural causes.


Jeff was born in Grinnell, Iowa on July 3, 1958 to Merlin and Verna Manatt.  He is survived by his father Merlin Manatt; his daughter Jai Genevieve; partner Amy Birk; Brothers Bradford Manatt (Mary); Tony Manatt (Piper); sisters Michelle Manatt; Molly Manatt (Robert); Julie Manatt and eight nephews and four nieces.


Jeff graduated from the University of Iowa with a business degree and was employed in the Information Technology Systems industry in Sales and worked primarily in Vancouver, B.C., Victoria, B.C. and Seattle, Washington.


Jeff will be remembered for his love of people.  He was a man full of kindness and everywhere he went he touched the hearts of many.  Jeff was a hardworking, positive man who enjoyed every second of his life.  He had a passion for music, sports, travel and most of all his family.  Jeff found happiness in entertaining others and always welcomed his friends and their friends into his life and home.  Above all Jeff was a dedicated and loving father to Jai.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00p.m. on Wednesday November 20, 2013 at the Redmond Town Center Marriott, 7401 – 164th Avenue N.E., Redmond, Washington 98052.  A service will follow in Grinnell, Iowa at a later date.


Donations in memorian may be made to the University of Iowa Optometry School.

11 Responses to “Jeffrey George Manatt”

  • Theresa Stessman says:

    Merlin, Brad, Tony and entire family…I would like to extend my sincere sympathy.
    Theresa Stessman
    Manatts, Elk Run Heights

  • Stan and Karen Foremski says:

    Words cannot adequately express the depth of our sorrow. Stan and I counted Jeff as one of our closest and most genuine friends. He was ‘family’ to us and he will be terribly missed.

    Deepest sympathy to the entire Manatt clan for the loss of such a special member of their family.

    Stan and Karen Foremski

  • Bob Burmester says:

    I didn’t personally know Jeff, instead he was the friendly neighbor around the corner from my home that always waived and said hello when I was out for a walk with my dog. For some reason, my pup always picked his yard for “relief”. I guess my dog also knew what a kind and welcoming person Jeff was. For the friends and family of Jeff, know that his warmth and kindness was also extended to strangers that only knew him with a waive and hello.

    God bless Jeff in heaven, and to his family and friends.

  • Anne and John Post says:

    We are shocked and words can not express the depth of our sadness to hear of Jeff’s passing. We lived next door to Jeff for 15 years and we were helping hands to each other as only neighbors can be – and treasured the kindness, warm words about our families and helping hand Jeff always extended. He had a heart of hold and Jai was the light of his life. We are so so sorry and feel our world has lost a wonderful man. With sad condolences – Anne and John Post

  • Sarah Kirzinger says:

    My condolences to Jeff’s family and friends. He was a great person I’d gotten to know through Amy and Jai over the last 15+ years, and he will be missed.

    Sarah Kirzinger
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • Danni Rohde says:

    It has been an extremely hard week. Its been extremely hard to believe and accept the fact that Jeff is not with us here. I knew Jeff through a social group in the past couple of years. Jeff was a man full of kindness, love, fun and passion for life, a true giant gentle. Jai was the light of his life and he was so proud of Jai, for who she is, for how well she does in school. Jeff loved and was so proud of his Manatt family. Jeff made friends anywhere he went and touched people’s life with nothing but kindness. The world has lost a wonderful human being.

    Deepest sympathy to Jeff’s family and friends.

    Rest in heavenly peace Jeff.

  • Debi Sacco says:

    My deepest sympathy to the Manatt family. I am so saddened by the news of Jeff’s passing. I worked with him at HP supporting the Boeing account. Jeff was so sweet and easy to talk to. We would talk of family, children (we both had only one child), work, elderly parents, food, just about everything. We had not spoken since my departure from HP back in 2009 until just recently, maybe 4 months ago and connected on LINKED IN. What a very sweet man! I will miss him!

    Debi Sacco
    San Diego

  • Shawn Nowlan says:

    Jeff was one of my favorite people at HP. He was a caring father, an intelligent and collaborative co-worker, and a great person to be around. Jeff brought a positive outlook and a smile to everyday interactions. He is greatly missed.

    Goodbye Jeff.

  • Rob Birk says:

    Devastated,shocked and very saddended upon Jeffs sudden passing! My condolences to the Manatt family and friends;and the Birk family.Jeff leaves behind Amy and Jai Geneieve his loving daughter.Jai was the apple in Jeffs eye.Jeff will always be in hearts and minds.May the gods bless Jeffrey George Manatt in heaven. Jeffrey George Mannat was the personification of o Golden.

  • Christine Tellinghuisen says:

    Oh my goodness, I just now came upon this. I googled his name so we could get together for coffee as I hadn’t seen him in ages. I worked with Jeff when he was at Kronos, we were in the office together in Redmond. He was a very, very dear man. He was always very kind to me, made me laugh – and I always loved the twinkle in his eye.

    Once I had locked my keys in my car when we had coffee after work. I didn’t have an additional key hidden on the car. We couldn’t break in, so he drove me from Kirkland to Renton and back, just to get my key. I’ll never ever forget that.

    What I always remember is how crazy he was about his Jai and her mom. What a good man, I am so sad to see this news, and that it was nearly 2 years ago, already. My heart is with his family… all of them.

  • Jon Lazar says:

    Jeff and I were friends for a long long time … we played football against each other in High School, as we were at rival schools … I went on to play for the Iowa Hawkeyes, and Jeff was at school there as well .. we got to know each other .. and everyone is so right about Jeff.. he was a great guy, and always seems to have a smile on his face, and always wanted to chat .. just a great person overall , and I am so sorry I am late in writing .. I just thought of Jeff today … It makes me sad he passed way too early .. God bless .

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