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Obituary... John Zurik

John Zurik, age 51 of Rockwall, Tex., passed away October 31. Once described by the Canadian press as “The Texan,” John Krump Zurik showed a deceivingly insouciant demeanor when he directed television commercials north of the border. But it was also noted that he was “a serious directorial talent who displayed an ease with dialogue direction, a strong storytelling style, and a rare bent for the absurd.”

Zurik’s directorial career began in 1979 and lasted for more than 20 years. During that time he won numerous industry accolades. He actually began his work in advertising as an illustrator. His talent in art direction served him well on the set where he was known for his straightforward simplicity and integrity.

That talent also served him well beyond the television medium. For Zurik was more than a bit of a Renaissance Man. He also expressed himself through the written word, the artist’s canvas and the piano keyboard. Later in his life he even teamed with his wife, Maryta Montgomery, to create the Zurik Collection of fine jewelry, expanding his repertoire to gold, silver and precious gems.

Zurik's gentle manner and soft-spoken conversation belied a whirlwind of artistic notions. He displayed an artist’s curiosity and gift coupled with a businessman’s insight into what works. The result, whether on film or in a fine piece of jewelry, brought delight to everyone who knew him.

In addition to his artistic endeavors, Zurik was a great supporter of his wife’s show ring activities. He was ringside leading the cheering section for such stars as Harlem’s Half Moon, Summer Daydream, and Mohegan Sun who were shown under the direction of Biggins Stable.

He is survived by his devoted wife Maryta Montgomery; their son, Brian Worsham; daughter-in-law Shelly; three grandchildren who called him “G’john”; his parents Don and Jean Ann Krump and two sisters.

Funeral services were held November 6 at Fellowship Bible Church in Plano, Tex.Interment followed in Rest Haven Memorial Park. Memorial donations will be accepted to Concerns of Police Survivors, P.O. Box 3199, Camdenton, Mo., 65020 in honor of the special relationship of his son Brian.

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