Ulam

Kyle Jay Ulam

December 18, 1961 - November 11, 2021

Kyle Jay Ulam, age 59, of Frisco, Texas, passed away November 11, 2021, after battling cancer. Kyle was born on December 18, 1961, in LaPorte, Indiana, to Richard Dayl and Louise Eleanor (Travis) Ulam. Kyle was a very talented operations manager, and he used this talent in his career and to help others.

Shortly after graduating from Purdue University, Kyle moved to Texas. During this time he connected with his wife, Michelle, through the Internet. They communicated across the country for months before getting married in 1997 and moving to Frisco together. They were pioneers of the next generation of online dating.

Kyle’s greatest joy in life was his beautiful daughter, Mackenzie. He loved that she was the drum major of the marching band for Frisco High School, and especially enjoyed his time serving as the “Pit Crew Boss” as he managed props for annual shows. Kyle was always so proud of her and loved being her father.

Kyle loved old western films, particularly those featuring John Wayne aka “The Duke.” Kyle was also a pool shark, very skilled at darts, and loved to play video games with his family.

Kyle will be deeply missed in our lives, but we take comfort in knowing that he will be greeted by Jesus and reunited with his mother Louise, childhood friend Brent, and faithful companion Wyatt.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Ulam of Frisco, Texas; daughter, Mackenzie Ulam, also of Frisco; father, Richard “Dick” Ulam of LaPorte, Indiana; brothers, Kevin Ulam and wife Colleen, and Bruce Ulam and sister, Brenda Ulam. Kyle is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and his dogs, Rusty and Mason.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:
https://www.stjude.org/

Kyle’s daughter has made a special presentation to honor his memory and it can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rX3sArmO5E

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I had only met Kyle on a couple of occasions, but each time I was struck by the impression he was a good and solid person. As CEO of the company he works for, I spoke to many of his colleagues before and after he passed. The richness of the stories they told about him and the depth of their sorrow at his passing were a testament to the fact that he was not just a good man, but a great friend and contributor to all that he worked with and mentored. To Michelle and Mackenzie, there is little I can say to ease your sorrow, but I can attempt to offer a glimpse into the profound and positive impact Kyle had on his many colleagues at work. There are very few people who touch so many, he will be greatly missed. Matt Wise, November 23, 2021 I met Kyle very recently as he hired me for my current position. Since I worked for him, I was blessed with a good number of interactions/conversations and meetings. I was very impressed by his helpfulness, friendliness and overall warmth. I recently went to a funeral where the following poem was read and I remember it now with Kyle and Mackenzie's video: The Dash Poem by Linda Ellis I read of a man who stood to speak At the funeral of a friend He referred to the dates on the tombstone From the beginning...to the end He noted that first came the date of birth And spoke the following date with tears, But he said what mattered most of all Was the dash between those years For that dash represents all the time That they spent alive on earth. And now only those who loved them Know what that little line is worth For it matters not, how much we own, The cars...the house...the cash. What matters is how we live and love And how we spend our dash. So, think about this long and hard. Are there things you'd like to change? For you never know how much time is left That can still be rearranged. If we could just slow down enough To consider what's true and real And always try to understand The way other people feel. And be less quick to anger And show appreciation more And love the people in our lives Like we've never loved before. If we treat each other with respect And more often wear a smile, Remembering this special dash Might only last a little while So, when your eulogy is being read With your life's actions to rehash... Would you be proud of the things they say About how you spent YOUR dash? Deepest sympathy and best wishes.... Tim Clark, November 23, 2021 It has been my privilege to know and work with Kyle for close to 10 years. I have very fond memories of our experiences together, in particular during his first month with the company when we were able to work closely on a project in Dallas. Kyle's personality and great attitude made a huge difference, and his professionalism quickly earned the trust and confidence of our customer and co-workers. These attributes and others made Kyle not just a critical member of the work team from those early days, but a friend we could look forward to seeing at the office, on the jobsite, or on the screen. Kyle carried a huge load for GGS in his Director of Operations role. He had to manage a lot of "crap", which he did well and pretty tirelessly, but what was always evident to me was how much he cared about the huge group of engineers and technicians he was responsible for and how concerned he was for their well-being. I have always enjoyed Kyle's sense of humor ("Bueller?... Bjeller?...), appreciated his good nature, and admired his integrity. All of us here on the Mission Critical Team at GGS miss our friend and brother in the trenches. The Ulam family has been and will continue to be in our prayers, that the grace of Jesus Christ will be in your life and strengthen you, and keep your hearts filled with hope of an amazing reunion as a family in a coming day.
Cody Wiscomb, November 19, 2021 I am so blessed to have worked with Kyle. He was a great mentor in business and a great friend. I reached out to him for counsel many times. He was gracious with his time and always told me what I needed to hear!!! I appreciated him more than I can tell you. Michelle and Mackenzie, I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray everyday for comfort and peace for you and your family. Marsha Winter, November 18, 2021 I’m going to miss you my dear friend. Wish I had the ability to let you know how much you’ve helped me and had an affect on me. Just know anytime a picture frame becomes crooked, or I end up short 1 screw doing project, or hit my foot on something in the gym... totally blaming you. My heart goes out to the Michelle and Mackenzie may everyone find peace in this difficult time.
Chris Chartier, November 18, 2021 Our prayers continue as we pray for the peace that only God can bring to Michelle, Mackenzie and Kyle's entire family. May He provide them with the love, resources and support they need to move forward. Keith & Terri Martino, November 18, 2021 Michelle we cannot begin to say what kind of a person Kyle was and how sorry he had to leave at such a early age. He is with God now and one day we all will see him again. Love you.
Bob and Linda Woodruff, November 18, 2021 Oh Michelle and Mackenzie, what a beautiful tribute to Kyle with this video. You summed his life up. He loved you two so much. What a joy it is to see these pictures and know Kyle lived his almost 60 years to the fullest, thanks to you and so many friends that he loved. I've said many prayers for God to heal Kyle and leave him here with you a little longer. I know God knew better. I'm thankful Kyle is not suffering any longer but my heart hurts for you two. My prayers are that you will continue to look at all the pictures you have with Kyle and remember all the good times. Praying God will continue to carry you girls through and bring smiles to your faces once again. Continue to tell others about the wonderful person Kyle was and share his love with others. You are loved. Good job with the video! Love you, Ruth and Bruce Green Ruth Gree, November 18, 2021 I am so saddened by Kyle's untimely passing. I was impressed at how hard he fought, though. May he be at rest until we see him again. Prayers to my beloved cousin Michelle, "little cousin" Mackenzie, and all who loved Kyle. God bless you all. G. Dwayne Johnson, November 18, 2021 Kyle was a very close friend and I miss him deeply already. Some of my fondest memories of the last 20 years are spending weekends with Kyle, Michelle and Mackenzie – boiling crawfish, cooking briskets and just hanging out together. I will forever cherish the special bond he and I developed along with all the Pit Crew dads as we watched our children grow up together. Kyle was a friend you could always count on to be there whenever you needed – no matter the time of day or how big “the ask”. I love you brother and can’t wait to be reunited with you through our faith in our Lord. Donnie Shepherd, November 18, 2021 Kyle was an incredible human, as well as an incredible friend. He was my first friend when we moved to Dallas. He was also one of the first people in the world to hold my newborn. Though we had not seen each other in several years, we did email back and forth, and I sent him a note on his birthday every year. I will miss him terribly. Melissa Sampson, November 17, 2021