Fritz spent his early childhood years in Fairbanks, Alaska, in a family that he describes as not very “churchy.” He and his brother were raised as Methodist and spent much of their time out in the bush on a gold mining claim run by his father and uncles. When he was 13 his family moved to north Seattle. Fritz attended the University of Washington and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1971; in 1977 he received a Masters degree in Educational Psychology.
In the early part of his professional life, Fritz worked as a drug treatment counselor and mental health therapist. In 1982 he was hired by the King County Public Health Department in the Drug Abuse Prevention Office and in 1986 he was put in charge of computers for the King County Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. In 1992 he took a job with the Washington State Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, managing computer systems, eventually being responsible for both mental health and chemical dependency data systems for the state until he retired in October 2014.
He and Gail moved to Olympia in December of 1992 and soon joined OUUC. Fritz has been active in a number of program areas in the church including children’s and adult RE, building and grounds, and the technology team. In his spare time, Fritz enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, reading, and, more recently, traveling.