Published May 8th, 2024
Tad Heydenfeldt
October 13, 1963 - April 21, 2024
Tad Heydenfeldt was born in Marin County California on October 13, 1963. The family moved to Lafayette in 1967. Tad passed from this life too soon on April 21, 2024, at the age of 60. His life was one of adventure, challenges, success, and happiness
He attended Lamorinda public schools. The highlight of his youth was his unusual ability as a baseball pitcher. He received awards and honors throughout his baseball career. He attended the University of Arizona on a baseball scholarship. A back injury, which never fully healed, curtailed his baseball career. Despite this challenge, Tad still holds baseball records at Arizona. While at Arizona, he participated in Sigma Chi national leadership training programs. A young Christian man, he traveled to Asia as part of the Athletes in Action Baseball.
Always up for adventure, he chose to work in New York City and was hired by the Cross and Brown, a commercial real estate firm. He returned to California in the late 1980's, where he continued his real estate interests and earned multiple master's degrees. He also earned a teaching credential from Chapman University and taught school in the Central Valley.
Tad is survived by his parents, Bob and JoAnn Heydenfeldt of Lafayette; sister Linda (Jeff) Rosenthal, Lafayette; brother Dan (Juli) Heydenfeldt, Lafayette; sister Dina (Mark) Milazzo, Moraga. He leaves behind 7 nieces and nephews: Matthew, Alex, Charlie, Quinn, Ella, Olivia, and Henry.
Services honoring Tad will be held Friday, May 17th, at 11:00am at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, 49 Knox Drive, Lafayette, CA. All are welcome to join. If attending, please notify us at

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