Selzer, Donald Wright "Tad", Jr. As fireworks lit the Twin Cities skyline, one light faded with the peaceful death of Tad Selzer on July 4 2018, the 26th anniversary of his marriage to Kathy (KJ) Conover - the love of his life. In addition to his wife, survivors include his cherished step-daughter, Keri Echo Kranz (Nate) of Minneapolis and his siblings: Claire Whiteman (Chuck) of State College, Pennsylvania; J. Ann Selzer of Des Moines, Iowa; John Selzer (Leslie) of Overland Park, Kansas; and Kitty Swan (Tim) of Denver, Colorado. His adoring nieces and nephews will miss his wit and generous attention: Will and Sarah Whiteman; Cora and Jay Selzer; and Kathryn and Sophie Swan. Tad was born August 26, 1952, in Manhattan, KS, the son of Donald Wright Selzer and Jane Banta Selzer (Abernathy), both deceased. Tad graduated from Topeka West High school in Kansas in 1970, the University of Kansas in 1974 (Rock Chalk!), and the University of Minnesota law school in 1977. After 20 years practicing labor law at the Oppenheimer law firm, he joined Marko Mrkonich as a founding member of the Minneapolis office of the Littler law firm until retiring in 2009. Diagnosed with diabetes in 1977, Tad was the grateful recipient of two organ transplants-a kidney donated by his sister Claire, and a pancreas from an anonymous donor-which helped forestall the effects of diabetes for over a decade. In the end, a massive infection overpowered his compromised immune system. Tad served on the boards of the Regional Blood Services Committee of the American Red Cross and was the current Chair of the board of Providers Choice. He was a proud founding member of the High Holy Knights of Squanderation, whose motto is: "I'll take two, they look small." For more than 20 years, Tad's passion was co-hosting the Rockhouse on KFAI with Miss Sara Oxton, making use of his extensive collection of LPs and CDs of jazz, blues, R&B, and soul. Few could match Brother Tad's depth of music knowledge. Tad was surrounded by his loving family at the end, who eased his transition with some of the music Tad loved and shared with the world. Tad's life will be celebrated on July 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Turf Club in Minneapolis, 1601 University Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104. Memorial contributions may be made to KFAI radio station in Minneapolis.
Published on July 10, 2018