April 4, 1965 ~ April 5, 2020

Born in: Denver, CO
Resided in: Pueblo, CO

Jonathan H. Pranger, 55, passed away quietly on April 5, 2020 after a determined battle with stomach cancer.

He is missed by those who have survived him – his wife, Kimberly D. Pranger; mother, JoAnn (Brummel) Pranger; sisters, Gail (Joe) Shore and Pamela (Loren) Visser; brother, Daniel (Joan) Pranger; sister, Rachael Hoekstra; many nieces and nephews; and his wife’s extended family.  He was preceded in death by his father, Raphael Pranger; and brother-in-law, James A Hoekstra.

Jon was born to Raphael and JoAnn Pranger on April 4, 1965, in Denver, Colorado. He proudly contributed to the Denver metro area landscape as a masonry foreman for Glover Masonry. When not working, he enjoyed the friendships and thrills of white-water kayaking, volley ball tournaments and soccer games and often trekked to the top of many of Colorado’s most significant mountain peaks where he fell in awe at the work of his creator-God.  In 1993, Jon went on an expedition to the peak of Mt. McKinley.  In his journal from that trek he wrote:  “A bad day in a blizzard is better than a good day working.”  He also contributed to the fight against global warming by designing and building low energy, sustainable housing.

A memorial service will be held in his honor. The date and time to be determined. In support of Jon’s passion for conservation of the environment, donations may be made in his name to: The Nature Conservancy, 4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1606 or https://support.nature.org/site/Donation

Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUwZbOw_XMo to see a video of Jonathan’s photographs.

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  1. Jon was an amazing man – full of adventure and talent. Kim – our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. The way Jon’s face lit up when he would look at you was a testament of how well you were loved. It is a blessing he is no longer in pain, but will be missed by many.

  2. CandleImageI’m so thankful Jon has no more pain and we know where he is!! My prayers for the rest of the family for comfort and peace! Til we meet again cousin

  3. CandleImageOur deepest condolences to you Kim, and to all of Jon’s family, he will be missed by many.

    Seeing the pictures of Jon in his kayak remind me of having met him at the Pueblo play park. I would practice my role in the #6 eddy while Jon surfed on the wave with style and ease.
    I will never forget our “Lower Taos Box” trip to New Mexico. My now husband, Mark, I and Jon braved the 14 miles of Whitewater. We stopped to scout “Ski Jump”, the first of many rapids to come and while standing on shore saw Jon’s kayak starting off without him! It ran the rapid just fine and we wrangled it to shore in the eddy below. We all had a good laugh over that for many years!
    We were fortunate to be able to share many outdoor adventures with Jon and will always remember him on the river, in the mountains and on trail……
    Maryann and Mark

  4. CandleImageKim and other family members, I am beyond sorry for your loss. I know that you prayed for a miracle that never came. I hope that you are comforted by the fact that Jon is no longer in pain. It is understandable why you loved him so much.

  5. It is very clear from the pictures Jon took that he has witnessed the wonders of creation in ways that few of us have. Jon’s battle of life and death was not lost- it was won the day he accepted Christ as his Savior.

  6. CandleImageSo very thankful for his life and that he is with our Lord and Savior in heaven. My condolences to all of his family (who are also my cousins). Prayers for comfort at this time.

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