Daniel T. Stutzman

Daniel (Dan) Tobias Stutzman, 40, late of Albuquerque, N.M., died Feb. 22, 2022. He was born Aug. 25, 1981, and grew up in Mount Joy, Pa. 

Early in life, he discovered two extraordinary gifts that shaped his life — talents for music and logical thinking in math and computer science. With his understanding of music theory and a gift of haptic memory, he easily memorized and played classical music scores on the piano. While he delighted many with his energetic piano improvisations, he chose to pursue music as an avocation rather than as a career.

His career was dedicated to computer programming. His longest stint was with Rosetta Stone, in Harrisonburg, Va., and later in Boulder, Colo. He earned a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His last employment was with VirtualQ, based in Stuttgart, Germany. 

He had a lifelong passion for studying languages — from the esoteric to common, whether spoken (Esperanto, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese) or computed (Ruby, C, C++, Java, Javascript, Python, Perl, PL/SQL, OCaml).

He was kinesthetically inclined, exploring movement through art forms such as parkour and contact improv. He often walked, ran or rode bicycle for transportation and exercise. He nurtured deep and authentic relationships as a humble and gentle soul, nonjudgmental listener and funny, engaging conversationalist.

He struggled with symptoms of anxiety and depression throughout his life, and more recently with physical health challenges, including debilitating brain fog. After years of dogged pursuit of better health, he lost hope and ended his life by choice.

He is survived by his parents, Ervin and Bonita Stutzman of Harrisonburg, Va.; a sister, Emma Stutzman Dawson (Matthew) of Iowa City, Iowa; a brother, Benjamin Stutzman (Andrea) of Mount Rainier, Md.; three nephews and a niece. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 12 at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Va. The service will be livestreamed at pvmchurch.org/danielstutzman.

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