Kelly Turner, 43, a video game producer, died of multi-systemic organ failure on Saturday, September 18th.
Turner started in the game industry as a programmer at the coin-op division of Atari in 1984, working on titles such as Championship Sprint, Arcade Classics
, and Badlands
at the seminal firm.
Over the last 20 years, he worked in virtually every aspect of development and production at companies that included, in addition to Atari, P.F. Magic, Virgin Interactive, Rhythm & Hues, The 3DO Company and Eidos. He most recently joined videogame maker Point of View in Irvine, CA. Turner had been involved with the Producers Guild of America New Media Council for two years, most recently as Vice Chair, and was a guest of the Classic Gaming Expo on at least one occasion.
He is survived by his partner, Tom Grissinger; and his extended family. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, to make a donation to the Producers Guild of America
, Kelly Turner Memorial Fund.