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 Lyn E. Ottman, The man, The myth, The legend. All of us have been on the receiving end of Lyn’s humor, kindness, wit and minimalist sense of style. What makes Lyn the man, the myth and the legend. Behind that warm smile is the heart of a warrior. Lyn loved to play golf, especially on Sunday mornings. His favorite player was John Daly, with his “I am a rebel “ type of personality on and off the course. Lyn also appreciated John Daly’s golf clothing line “loud mouth”. Lyn would often wear his orange/pink shorts with a pink golf shirt. Hence the nickname “Pinky”. Lyn was also very proud that his handicap stayed below double digits. Volleyball. Lyn and I met in May 1995 playing volleyball at the Viking Valhalla. He was a referee and I was a player. Lyn was an intuitive setter and player. He taught everyone who came in contact with him how to play a higher level of the game. Lyn’s incredible wit and knowledge was crafted from years of listening to podcasts . Lyn’s favorite podcasts include : “The News Junkie”, ”Armchair Expert” with Dax Shepard and Bill Burr’s “Monday Morning”. Lyn would listen to podcasts for hours while working to get caught up. He learned about art, books, culture, politics and more from these podcasts. Lyn was an avid fan of five TV shows, and would often re watch them 4,6,8 times. Hogans Heroes, Soap, News Radio, The Big Bang Theory and Top Gear Britain. Lyn would often throw out a quote and ask me the show that it came from. Lyn’s two favorite movies : “The Hunt for Red October” and “Goldfinger”. Lyn and I would have a friendly competition to see who could say the phrase ”You expect me to talk. No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die” like Goldfinger. I guess that Lyn inherited from his father Gene a love for James Bond. Black and Yellow-The Pittsburgh Steelers were Lyn’s team. Every week during football our recliner was occupied with Lyn, eating a sub and wearing steelers gear. Go Steelers!!! Lyn was kind and respectful to all who met and knew him. He was a quiet leader and teacher who showed by example of how a man can be strong, sensitive, funny and intelligent.


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