Chapel of the Hills


Aaron Reed Stewart

July 16, 1944January 4, 2021

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness, we announce the death of Aaron Reed Stewart, of Auburn, California, who passed away on January 4, 2021, at the age of 76, leaving to mourn family and friends. Please take a moment and share a story or leave a sympathy message for the family on this memorial page.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Chapel of the Hills. Please call (530) 885-3773 for more information.


  • Aaron Reed Stewart III


Aaron Reed Stewart

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Laura Stewart

January 15, 2021

Hey Pop,
You were the first person I ever remember loving. Me dancing on your feet in grandma mollys kitchen while she was cooking dinner. Her not yelling just saying reed get out of here. You always had this gentle way of making everything ok. I have so many but I just can't find the words right now pop. I love you so much, when I'm looking at you. I love you dad, to the moon and back.

Aarene Zajc

January 15, 2021

It’s so hard to choose a memory out of all the years we shared. My best friend since he was born. There was never a day where he did not find joy and laughter. He would tell me he needed glasses for his eye tooth in order to regulate what he was going to say before it got out.
One evening Reed, Gayle and I went to dinner at Chevys. At that time I was using a cane. Gayle and I had a margarita. Reed didn’t drink alcohol then. As we were leaving the restaurant, he looked at me and said “Good God. You have three legs and you still can’t walk”.
Or the time we were at a store and I was having trouble getting my money out. Of course there were people waiting. He reached over me, plunked money down on the table and said “Good God lady. Move over and I’ll pay for it. It mortified everyone in the store until we started to laugh.
He always referred to me as his “OLDER “ sister. Emphasizing older. That was my brother and I love him more than words can say. My best friend, advisor and protector.

Vennie Kraync

January 15, 2021

Dear Arene and Gayle, We wish we could have attended the services for Reid. What a hard fought battle. He was so upbeat and determined when I would talk with him. We will talk soon. Kenny & Sherrie Kraync

Kenny Kraync

January 15, 2021

We’re so sorry for your loss of Reid. He was so determined to conquer this. Although we’re miles apart, we’ll be by your side in spirit. Due to our age difference and just a couple of visits during the summer, I wasn’t that close to him but I still idolized him. Of course his 63 “Wildcat “ and his stories about playing in a band with the Fogerty brothers. Later on known as Credence. We will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Jennifer Keim

January 14, 2021

It is so hard to say goodbye dad. You took me in and have always treated me like your own and I can never thank you enough for always being there for me. I love you more than you will ever know. You always knew what to say to cheer me up and always had the best advice. I couldn't of made it in life without you. I love and miss you so much dad. Till we meet again.

Love Always,
Your Daughter Jennifer

Matt Barg

January 14, 2021

I Love You Dad

Cheri and Terry Kraync-Johnson

January 12, 2021

Dear Gayle and Family,
Our thoughts are with you, sharing in your sadness.
No matter the distance... Cousins are as close as all of our
Kraync Family stories, that are told over and over again.
Love from Helper UT
Cheri and Terry

Kathy & John Yoklavich

January 11, 2021

Dear Gayle and Family:
Our cousin; Reid, was taken way too soon!
Our yearly summer memories will always be with us; our love and prayers will always be with you and your family
Our deepest condolences
Your Utah cousins; John & Kathy

Karen Bliss

January 11, 2021

While my memories are many from our years of summer visits from our California cousins, my favorite is the year Reed, Gayle and JJ came to Utah. We had great times in our backyard and especially when Vern dug up a dinosaur track for JJ to take home. Our shared family heritage of our Kraync grandparents, Ma Stewart, Bessie and Andy, Aunt Hilda, Uncle Toodles and Aunt Molly - all were our extended family whose strength and love guided us as children and amazed us as adults. Reed was our glamour teenage idol from California. In his later years, the strong role model of father and grandfather raising his boys. Love to all of his family who will miss him deeply, but also will share so many memories of joy, fun and happiness.