[Photo courtesy of Spanish Valley Mortuary]

Jay Kratz, age 64, a longtime resident of Castle Valley and Thompson Springs, died peacefully at home in Castle Valley on November 13, 2017.

He retired from the National Park Service after many years at Canyonlands and Arches national parks. He is survived by his brother Robert and many dear friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.

At Jay’s request, cremation has taken place and friends will gather in Castle Valley and Thompson to celebrate his life.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.