Jared Austin Brandstatter
Jared Austin Brandstatter was born on May 13, 1996 in Scottsdale, Arizona to Heimo and Corinne Brandstatter of Chandler, Arizona (formerly of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada). Jared embarked on his journey to a higher universe this November at the age of 20. Jared was preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Inge Brandstatter of Kelowna, British Columbia.
Jared is survived by his parents, Heimo and Corinne Brandstatter, his brother, Kyle Brandstatter (sister-in-law Erica, and niece Poppy), his sister Kiara Brandstatter, his grandparents, Helge Brandstatter, Wally Zayonce and Joyce Zayonce, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Throughout his young years Jared lived in Scottsdale (Arizona), Carmel Valley (California), Lake Tahoe/Truckee (California), Reno (Nevada) and Chandler (Arizona) where he graduated from Hamilton High School in 2014. He then went on to attend college in both Flagstaff and Chandler, Arizona.
Jared was passionate about sports, having played competitive baseball for many years, and as an avid outdoor enthusiast, he was an accomplished skier, hiker and mountain biker. Jared was also a deep thinker who was interested in health, meditation, yoga, poetry, reading and playing the bass guitar. He loved to learn and was very motivated by his educational pursuits.
Jared loved nature and one of his greatest joys was visiting the family cabin on Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Jared loved and cherished the time there at annual reunions and at the age of ten wrote a heartfelt letter expressing his vivid memories of time shared there with family.
My First Sight – The first thing I hear as our car pulls up to the Oak Tree Villa, is the crunch of gravel under the car tires. I feel many emotions as my family’s cabin on Okanagan lake comes into sight. I am so excited to be here, it has been one year since my last visit. The cabin becomes noisy inside as we’re very excited to see our family, saying hellos and bringing our luggage in. It is very late at night as I walk onto the balcony. I can see the moon shining onto the lake and hear the crickets chirping loudly. After the most restful sleep, I awaken to hear the waves crashing up onto the rocks on the beach, and the light wind whistling against the oak tree. I know that I’m at my favorite place in the world.
Family conversations often centered around his concern for wilderness conservation, preservation of the earth’s natural resources and the sustainability of the planet for future generations.
Many beautiful souls have expressed the desire to make donations in Jared’s memory. Jared’s love of nature and the beautiful outdoors have inspired us to choose the Sierra Club as an organization that would best represent and honor Jared. The Sierra Club is the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness, to helping pass The Clean Air Act, The Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently the Sierra Club has made history by leading the charge to move away from the fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy. We would like to extend an invitation to contribute to the Jared Brandstatter Legacy Fund: gofundme.com/jared-brandstatter-legacy-fund
Contributions will be donated to the Sierra Club.
We hold Jared forever in our hearts and know that he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. We were so proud to call him our son, grandson, nephew and friend.
A Celebration of Jared’s life was held on Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Gold Canyon Resort in Gold Canyon, Arizona at the foot of his beloved Superstition Mountains. Please join us in remembering and honoring our Jared.
It is beautiful to exist, to love and to be loved