Mike Denecke, owner of Denecke Inc. and developer of the Emmy- and Oscar-winning Dcode time slate, died of a heart attack March 12 while hiking in La Tuna Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains with his wife and nephew. He was 54.
Denecke, known as “Father Time,” was honored last year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for his invention, which the industry uses so video, film and sound recorders can work in synch.
Denecke began as a sound mixer, recording such artists as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band as well as the No. 1 hit “Dancing in the Moonlight.” He continued as a production sound mixer for motion pictures; during this time, he conceived the idea for the time code slate that bears his initial.
Denecke also worked with Steve Martin, recording comedy and music albums released on the Warner Bros. label.
He is survived by his wife, Celia Moreno Denecke, his mother, father and a sister.