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Jan Pieter Kraayeveld

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Aspen, CO ColoradoLongtime Aspen resident Jan Kraayeveld passed away in his sleep at home on Friday, Jan. 5, 2007.

Kraayeveld moved to Aspen in the late 1960s and was half-owner of the legendary Village Pantry, a locals favorite breakfast restaurant. He moved back to his native Southern California in the 1980s and continued to hone his skills as an accomplished carpenter for many years. He returned to Aspen in the mid-1990s, to the delight of his wealth of friends in Aspen, and put his skills to good use repairing and improving homes throughout the valley.He loved to camp and fish in the mountains, and surf and deep-sea fish in the ocean. Whether in the kitchen, at a campsite or on the tailgate of a truck, his culinary prowess always provided a meal that was a pleasure to both the eye and the palate.

His greatest joy, however, came from travel. He traveled extensively and loved going to unknown, out-of-the-way places, meeting and mingling with the natives and living their lives with them for as long as possible. His trips usually included a visit to the Netherlands, his ancestral home.

He is survived by his cousin and close friend Hessel Dethmers of the Netherlands, and his life companion, Nancy Zirbel. His big heart, impish grin and wisecracking wit will be greatly missed by all who loved him.There will be a celebration of Jan’s life from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Banquet Room of the Mountain Chalet, across Durant Avenue from Wagner Park.