ELKO – Hundreds of people filled the Elko Convention Center on Saturday afternoon to celebrate the life of the Rev. Jared Edward Kraintz, who died July 16 following a tragic accident.
The auditorium was filled almost to capacity for a final goodbye to the well-loved community leader.
There were many tears and songs of joy and hope as speakers at the memorial spelled out the picture of a life well lived. Kraintz was remembered for his kindness, faith and service to others.
“Thank you John and Priscilla (Kraintz’s parents) for raising a son who lived for the moment every day,” praised Dr. Samuel Huddleston, assistant superintendent of the Assemblies of God.
Kraintz was only 35 when he passed away but his few years were spent in the service of helping others. He loved his role as Minister of Worship at Elko Assembly of God.
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The Rev. Kraintz was also a trained vocalist and spent many years in choir and leading musical groups in the church. As a tribute to his goodness the onstage musicians sang and encouraged the audience to join in the last three songs he led before his death.
People cried as they clapped their hands in rhythm.
“He sang at all of the Raul Bravo events we have held,” said Katie Bryant, public affairs officer for POW*MIA Elko Awareness Association. “He supported everything we did and was a wonderful man.”
“He loved family, community, and mostly God,” said Huddleston. “I wish I had a T-shirt that said, ‘Live your life so that a preacher won’t have to lie at your funeral.’ Jared lived his life that way.”
The laughter that followed was fret with sadness but also joy at having known such a person.
Kraintz was walking in the Walmart parking lot the evening of July 15 when he was struck by a car. He suffered a head injury and died the following morning at a hospital in Reno.