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Kurt Ludvick Haveman

April 19, 1936 — January 6, 2024

Santa Cruz

Kurt passed away peacefully from complications of Parkinson Disease with Kit, his wife of 50 years by his side. He was 87.

Kurt was born in Santa Monica, Ca., close to the ocean and the only child of Dorothy and Victor Haveman. He and his mother later moved to Long Beach, Ca. There he attended Wilson High School and graduated in 1956. Kurt then moved to Seal Beach to pursue all things ocean, fishing and diving for abalone and lobster on the Ca. coast Catalina Island and Mexico. He made a living as a Tiki carver and Luau party host and began decorating local Polynesian bars and restaurants.

During the 60’s Kurt did 2 stints in the Army and came home to live in Hermosa Beach Ca. He met Kit there while attending the local Jr. College in the early 70’s and together they continued the theme restaurant business. They moved to Mendocino mountains on 100 acres for a short adventure and then came to Santa Cruz, where they bought a big rundown Victorian house on Walnut Ave. and restored it.

Kurt and Kit began selling antiques in S.C. at flea markets, Collectors Corner and Modern Life. Then started their own shop in the 80’s – Mr. Goodies on Pacific Ave. with partners Rocky and Ed that went on for almost 30 years.

He leaves behind 5 children -Hans, Nikj, Jacob, Jonas and Jamaica. 10 grandchildren and 1-1/2 great grandchildren. Grandpa will be missed! Kurt had a long life of adventure, fun and love. We see him now at endless yard sales and flea markets doing what he loved – shopping and having interesting things to sell. Now Kurt is diving with Oden for abalone and lobster in Valhaila. A celebration of life will be held on April 20, 2024, Kurt’s 88th birthday – stay tuned!

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