Los Gatos pastor, 53, dies while snowboarding

Parishioners of a Los Gatos church were mourning the loss of their pastor, who died while snowboarding with his family at a Sierra ski resort.

Craig Jutila, 53, suffered a heart attack on the Powderhorn trail at Sierra-at-Tahoe around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ski patrol paramedics tried to revive him but were unsuccessful, according to a press statement from the resort.

Jutila was pastor of family ministries at Venture Christian Church.

“Craig’s leadership as Pastor of Family Ministries has made such a difference at Venture,” Senior Pastor Tim Lundy wrote on the church’s website. “His writing and speaking ministry to families has helped countless homes and lives around the world.”

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Jutila is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary; children Alec, 21, Cameron, 21, and Karimy, 20; his mother, Betty Jutila; and stepmother, Barbara Jutila.

A celebration of life service was to be held Monday at the church.

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Los-Gatos-pastor-dies-snowboarding-Sierra-at-Tahoe-13500335.php.

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