Remembering Chaz Jacob Bruner

A place to celebrate the amazing life of Chaz Jacob Bruner.

Lisa Conner

Dear Dr. Bruner-

I had not heard about the devastating loss of your son, until this morning. I mentioned to a coworker that I was going to get Evan at Brunner Orthodontics and she told me about him. I am so very, very sorry.

From looking at the website tribute made for Chaz, I can tell he was a kind soul who loved life and lived it very fully, packing much joy into his 15 years. His eyes are bright and happy and his smile is contagious.

Please know that you and your family are in Blake’s, Evan’s and my thoughts and prayers, especially now during this holiday season where I know he is missed terribly.

The Hepkin Family

Dear Dr. Bruner & Family,

We were so sorry to hear about the loss of your son and brother Chaz.  We only met him once at the girls' dance recital a few years ago, but we could tell what a warm & loving relationship he had with his dad.  He seemed like such a warm & kind young man.  

I hope that your friends, family, community and faith are bringing you comfort.  I apologize for this letter being so late.  My thoughts are with you going into the holiday season.

The Hepkin Family

Kristen Gephart

Missing Chaz and wishing he was kicking off basketball season tonight.  He should be there.  Love you all.


Janelle Akers

So Chaz has been on my mind lately. Gods just putting him in my heart and on my mind a lot. I remember in elementary school, Allie Turner, Finn, You and I were so close. You had a laser tag birthday party. I was so excited for it. I got you legos and candy. I went in and you had a whole bunch of church friends and sports friends there that Allie and I didn’t know. Your littlest sister Malia stuck on to me like glue. Hannah was independent. Your birthday party is the only one that I can remember from elementary school. It was such a blast. I don’t think I ever stop smiling. I don’t think you did either. I’ll never forget your smile, the way you would whisper jokes to me in Ms. Schmer’s 4th period social studies class. You always knew how to make me laugh. You and your family were and still are the kindest family I’ve known. All so accepting and has true hearts for God. It breaks my heart we drifted a bit once you left BCS. I regret not keeping in touch. I love you.

I babysit a boy from Mack, Justin. I was talking to him about hardships in life the other night. He brought up your family. He said there is a girl who’s brother passed away last school year and i asked him what her last name was, Bruner. He said he prays for your family. This tragedy effects a lot of people, but no one can begin to try to understand what you’re going through. I just thought knowing that a little boy who didn’t personally know Chaz, prays for you.

Acts 16:31

Hebrews 11:6
Isaiah 40:31
Proverbs 3:5-6
Psalm 46:1-3
Nehemiah 8:10

~with love Janelle Akers

Kevin Gilbert

Dear Chaz,

I can't believe you left earth so early. You deserved to live a long life. You may not have been a super close friend to me, but you are a nice, outgoing, kind and great student. I really wish I got to know you better. You were really good in basketball when you played with me at recess at Mack and are an amazing soccer player on my soccer team during the years in junior high. Thank you for all this memories you've made with not only me, but with everyone else around you. You've set a great legacy on earth that will be remembered forever. I and everyone else are really really going to miss you so much. It extremely sad, having to see you go away so suddenly. You will never be forgotten. I will see you one day. I'm really really going to miss you. You did not deserve any of this. I still can't get over the fact that your gone, but what keeps me going is knowing that your with Jesus in heaven with the angels. Love you man. 276427641f64f
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Basketball during recess at Mack
8th grade soccer


Rae Haynes

Dear Cousin Kathryn and family,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your son and brother. What a tragedy that one so young, and with so much promise, was taken from the family circle so prematurely.  I can think of no more heartbreaking experience for a parent.
My mother, Edris (your grandpa George’s sister), used to quote a poem at times like these. I don’t know who the author was but the gist of the piece was, “Nature gathers her favorites in early.” I don’t know whether that thought will bring you any comfort – but Mom felt that it did.

With love and caring,

Kennedy Mott

Dear Chaz,

It's almost been a month since you left us. The school feels empty without your laughter. We're all trying to just finish the year. There are times where I miss you a lot and others where I can't even think about it, but there will never be a time where you're not in my thoughts. The hardest thing is not seeing you making jokes in the hall. Our grade will never recover, but with time we'll get better. Using past tense makes me shake at the thought that it's true, but I know you are safer with God. Chaz, you were the light in the dim halls and sad classrooms. 

You were one of those unforgettables. What I mean by that is that you were one of those people that someone could meet once or twice and never ever forget because you had the ability to make such a powerful impression. I am so lucky to have gotten to meet an unforgettable. Since I've met you, Chaz, I no longer need another unforgettable person like you because nothing can fill your shoes.

As we finish this year it's all dedicated to you. You're so loved and missed. Can't wait to see you and make jokes with you again. Chaz you changed every life you touched and thank you for that.

With much love, 

Kennedy Mott

Drew, Jennifer, Andrew, Isaac, Aidan and Owen Senske

Matt, Kathryn, Hannah and Malia,
We're so sorry for your loss and we're praying for you.
Almost every time we saw Chaz he had a smile on his face and was so happy. What an extraordinary young man he was!
We took these pictures of Chaz having fun at the pool in Hawaii. We wish we had more memories like this one of your beautiful family.
Drew, Jennifer, Andrew, Isaac, Aidan, and Owen Senske

Chaz Bruner Kauai July 2006Matt and Chaz Bruner Kauai July 2006

The Gregorys

Dear Bruner Family –
Chaz’s memorial was just beautiful. Words are inadequate to express how profoundly sorry we are at Chaz’s loss.  We have so many great memories of this outstanding young man during basketball season.  Here is a picture from the pizza celebration after the  2013 Redmond Select season.  We have video of a game that is much too large for this message, but we will make sure you get it. We pray for your peace and comfort.
The Gregorys


The Forsbergs

Chaz, we will always remember your brilliant inner spirit and extreme passion for your friends and family. Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.

These photos are from such a wonderful weekend with Chaz. He made the weekend so extra special with his adventuresome spirit, laughter, smile, kindness and beautiful Jesus heart.

Love, Carl, Nancy and Jack Forsberg


The Kropps

So many memories…in the office when we both were wearing braces, skiing in Sun Valley the past couple years, but the highlight was watching you play poker with Robert and your sisters.  Chaz, we will miss you so much—such a wonderful light, too soon taken from this earth.  

The Kropps


The Gray Family in Niger

We love the Bruners! 

We have been in and out of mission’s work in Africa since 2012. So our actual face-to-face time with them has been only occasional, but always blessed.

Although our relationship with Matt and Kathryn dates back to college, to some degree, we were just getting to know Chaz.

I always loved how he was very tuned into Matt and Kathryn’s leadership, the family’s needs, and his role as a big brother. He was always ready to help out – and very kind, polite and inclusive. I loved how he smiled. He had a quiet confidence about himself, a sweet spirit.

We are so grieved for the Bruner family. God’s thoughts and ways are so different from ours. In the Lord’s eyes, Chaz lived out his days to perfection. He finished the race marked out for him.

But we miss him already. Not only our past experiences with him, which were only too few, but we miss the times we would have had. Seeing him grow more and more into God’s man.

We love you Chaz! Well done, good and faithful servant!

We love you Bruners.

The Gray Family

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