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socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 18, 2014 - 08:41pm PT
Joe Kraut's services will be held this coming week:

On behalf of Joe's wife, Becky Kroll, daughter Rebecca Kraut and our family, we want to invite those who would like to attend the services to honor Joe's memory and celebrate his life:

Tuesday, July 22nd
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 11 First Street, Gilroy, CA
Visitation 3pm-7pm
Vigil Service will be held at 7pm

Wednesday, July 23rd
10am a funeral Mass will be held at
St. Mary's Catholic Church, 11 First Street, Gilroy, CA

Burial will follow immediately at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Morgan Hill, Ca

Reception immediately following at Guglielmo Winery
1480 E. Main Ave
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Thank you to all for your condolences, offers of support, prayers and love.

Memorial Scholarship Fund:

The medical staff at St. Louise is working with the Gilroy Foundation to set up the Joseph Kraut Jr Memorial Scholarship Fund. In the meantime those who wish to make a donation should follow these instructions:

If you would like to make a donation to the Joseph Kraut Jr Memorial Scholarship Fund which is being set up for students planning to practice medicine in the South County, please make checks payable to: Joseph Kraut Jr Memorial Fund SLRH Medical Staff and mail to: Saint Louise Regional Hospital, Medical Staff Office, 9400 No Name Uno Gilroy, CA 95020.

Thank you again to those who have offered their love, support and condolences to our family.

Joe:
Great personality on this man.
Great personality on this man.
Credit: unknown

From guided/personal trips:
I'm waving while Joe climbs below me.
I'm waving while Joe climbs below me.
Credit: unknown
Joe and his wife Becky.
Joe and his wife Becky.
Credit: unknown
Lowering.
Lowering.
Credit: unknown

Thanks,
Charles
mtnyoung

Trad climber
Twain Harte, California
Jul 18, 2014 - 10:55pm PT
Charles, I assume it is OK if I re-post to this thread what I posted to the earlier thread?

This is what I posted there:



Damn.

I hate news like this. Even though I didn't recognize his name, I still hate news like this.

And then I looked at his photo.

I met Joe (Doctor Kraut) once. And I've never forgotten him since.

I met him in January 2009 when I walked to the base of Machete Ridge at Pinnacles with my then 14 year old daughter and other friends. My daughter wanted to lead the 5.6 route there Corona. As we walked to the base we saw that other people were on the route. But they looked like they were almost done. As we reached the base, they pulled their rope and they were done.

The male of the two then turned around and smiled at us. After a short pause he looked at me and then he called me by name. I had no idea who he was, but I admitted that he had my name right. I asked him how he knew me.

He said: "You're the guidebook author!"

I said: "Yes. How did you know?"

Joe: "Your photo is in the book."

(I had to admit it - he had me there.)

He next thanked me very kindly for the effort I had put into the book.

Then Joe turned to my daughter (Katie). He said:

"Is that your dad?"

Katie reluctantly admitted that I was.

Joe said: "That must be so totally cool, having a dad like that. I bet it's great being able to go climbing with him."

Katie was a very (very) normal teenager. She reacted to Joe's comment as any teenager would: Her eyes rolled so deeply into the back of her head that we thought we'd have to rush her to the hospital.

Joe and his friend stayed with us for a while at the base of the climb. We talked climbing and they encouraged my daughter (she led the route clean). I've never forgotten his kindness and, especially, his incredible and obvious passion for climbing. His comments to Katie and her reaction to them have been a family story ever since.

I always wondered whether I'd run into him again.

T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Jul 18, 2014 - 11:23pm PT
(respectful posts please)
I wouldn't have even posted 'cept for this stipulation, like we are the great unwashed or something.
clinker

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Jul 19, 2014 - 06:48am PT

Credit: Don Smith

Peace
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Jul 19, 2014 - 10:28am PT
hey there say, charles... thanks for sharing...

will keep the family and loved ones, buddies, etc... in prayers and mind,
at this hard sad time...

may some special little things, through talks, shares and memories,
surface, that will be there to cherish, through this...

little things like the story by mtnyoung...
families use these anchors, to move forward, with these
extra hugs...
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 19, 2014 - 10:31am PT
Biotch,
The respectful part was a hedge against what was surfacing on another thread about the incident. Was hoping to have a thread just out of respect for Joe's life that had nothing to do with speculation about the incident.

Brad and Clinker,
Thank you both, that story and those images would have brought a huge smile to Joe's face. His humility was something I wish I possessed, for all he had done he still looked at everything around him with anticipation for what he might learn. Seriously good man.

Charles
doug2hty

Trad climber
Gilroy, CA
Jul 20, 2014 - 04:27pm PT
I was a patient -- my wife worked with him at St Louise. We traded a few climbing stories during my physicals and talked of climbing together, but never did. The last time I saw him he and his partner were headed down from Corona as my wife and I headed to the base of Twinkle Toes -- all surprised at this chance encounter.

Doug
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 20, 2014 - 04:38pm PT
Doug,
Any chance this was in April? I was guiding out there when Joe and his partner were on Corona as well.

Charles
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 20, 2014 - 05:37pm PT
My condolences on the loss of clearly a beloved man....both personally and professionally.

May he rest in peace...
doug2hty

Trad climber
Gilroy, CA
Jul 21, 2014 - 06:26pm PT
Yes Charles -- that was this past April (you must have been the one to free my trailing rope from that root at the base)
socialclimber

Trad climber
CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 23, 2014 - 02:08pm PT
Joe's memorial was today. It was a very moving mix of traditional Catholicism and beautiful recollections and readings by his family. Really miss my friend and I am looking forward to joining Becky, Rebecca and a few others when they head out to Pinnacles to pay respects where Joe climbed his final route.

Charles
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