Peter James Kropf: March 12, 1970 – July 16, 2017

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Peter Kropf

A much-loved father, son, brother, uncle and friend, Peter Kropf, 47 of Seal Beach, passed away suddenly on July 16th, 2017. A native son of Seal Beach, Peter embraced life with a passionate, free spirit. He was born March 12th, 1970 in San Francisco, CA, and most recently resided in Orange, CA. He was a proud Griffin, having graduated from Los Alamitos High School in 1988.  At Los Al, Peter was a standout player for the Griffins football team at the position of offensive tackle, proudly wearing the number 68.

As a child growing up in Seal Beach, Peter attended both Zoeter and McGaugh Elementary Schools, and spent time with friends playing in Gum Grove Park, riding his bike to get candy at West Beach Liquor and competing in junior lifeguards during the summer.

Known by many as “Jackpot,” Peter was an avid fisherman.  Saltwater ran through his veins, and he was always most comfortable on the ocean.  In 1999, Peter won the annual C.A.S.T. sport-fishing competition for the largest white seabass, taking home a brand new fishing boat as his prize.  Luck followed Peter wherever he went.  Whether it was fishing contests, board games, or lottery tickets, Peter always seemed to be riding a winning streak.

Peter’s life was equal parts triumph and tragedy.  Through it all, there were a few things he never lost: his zest for life and adventure, his love of friends and family, and his longing to help others in need.  He will be remembered by those fortunate enough to know him for his love of family, his passion for life, and his love for animals and the ocean.

He is survived by his parents Ken and Monica Kropf of Seal Beach; brother Kevin Kropf and wife Kimberly of Seal Beach; son Conner Myers of Seal Beach; and nieces Paige Kropf, Hannah Kropf and Avery Kropf of Seal Beach.

A drop-in celebration of Peter’s life will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at the home of Kevin and Kimberly Kropf located at 283 College Park Dr., in Seal Beach.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Peter’s name to the Long Beach Rescue Mission which is dedicated to helping those less fortunate find a hot meal and a warm bed.  As Peter would have wanted, his ashes will be spread in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Catalina Island where he and his family have many treasured memories.

Peter James Kropf: March 12, 1970 – July 16, 2017