Thursday, August 15, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Geoff Sarazen was a descendant of golf royalty, but he also made his own substantial mark in the sport locally.
Sarazen, a longtime local golf professional and Dacula resident, passed away Tuesday. He was just 40.
The grandson of World Golf Hall of Fame member Gene Sarazen, Sarazen was a golf professional and director of golf at Chateau Elan in Braselton from 1993-2004. At the time, the Chateau Elan courses were still very new — the first two opened in 1989.
“Geoff always had a smile on his face,” Chateau Elan vice president of Legends and private membership Mike Bishop said. “I think that is what most people will remember about Geoff. Over the last day or so, a number of members who were here when Geoff was working at the Legends as our assistant professional said exactly that. They remember his quick and easy smile. Geoff made every member feel welcome and appreciated. He had a great sense of humor and was fun to be around.
“He loved his wife and children and had a very special relationship with his famous grandfather, Gene Sarazen. It was a pleasure seeing the two of them together. It was a typical grandfather-grandson relationship. They were always happy to see each other and truly enjoyed their time together. They were very close and I’m sure that Geoff’s gentle spirit was in many ways influenced by his grandfather. Gene told me that he was very proud of Geoff. You could see the twinkle in Gene’s eye when he spoke of his grandson.”
In recent years, Sarazen worked outside the golf industry as president of SPP Concrete Company.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Chalise, sons Britt and Bryce and daughter Mary Landis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mary Chalise Sarazen/Sarazens Children Account at the Bank of North Georgia at 3507 Braselton Highway in Dacula.
Sarazen’s funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church. Additional viewing will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the funeral time, and the family also will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Park South Funeral Home at 4121 Falcon Parkway in Flowery Branch.