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Jonathan S. Kaye

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1962 - 2014
KAYE, Jonathan S., 52, counsel to the Homicide Bureau, Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, on March 11 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he lived for 20 years. The cause was complications of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD).

Born on Feb. 25, 1962, in New Hyde Park, N.Y. to Phyllis and Robert Paul Kaye, Jon and his brothers, Michael Ian Kaye and Jeffrey Stuart Kaye, grew up in several cities across the nation, graduating from Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky.

As an undergraduate at Purdue University, Jon influenced students' musical tastes for decades to come, through his service on the Purdue Student Concert Committee and as managing editor at The Exponent, the student newspaper. It was in the Exponent newsroom that Jon began a friendship with a freshman reporter from Pittsburgh named Joyce Rutter. She departed for Syracuse University after two years, but their paths would cross again.

Jon graduated 1984 with a degree in communications, and soon moved to New York, intent on pursuing a career and attending as many live music performances as humanly possible. From the comprehensive and meticulously preserved archive of ticket stubs he maintained in plastic takeout containers over 37 years, it is almost possible to comprehend the vast sweep and depth of his wide-ranging musical interests. From his first concert (Led Zeppelin, Freedom Hall, Louisville, April 25, 1977) to dozens of Yo La Tengo Hanukkah dates in Hoboken and Summerstage concerts in Central Park, all the way to the SXSW music festival Austin, Tex., Jon was a pioneer and connoisseur in equal measures.

As a project manager at CBS Fox video, Jon spent many evenings in his early years in New York at concerts with friends, sharing his passion for music. During this time he and Joyce became re-acquainted, and soon became a couple, marrying on April 1, 1989. Inspired by his father in law, Thomas M. Rutter Jr., Jon pursued a law degree, graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 1997. He joined the Kings County District Attorney's office, one of the largest and busiest prosecutor's offices in the nation, serving over 2 million residents of Brooklyn. In his 17-year career as a prosecutor, Jon was responsible for trying some of the office's most complex cases in the Domestic Violence and Homicide Bureaus, and earned great satisfaction from helping victims and victims' families. Jon was a longtime baseball coach in Brooklyn's 78th Precinct Youth Sports Organization, a devoted father to his sons Daniel and Henry, and passionate about his community, Texas barbeque and hoppy IPAs (preferably homebrewed). In addition to Joyce and his sons, survivors include his parents, Robert and Phyllis; brothers, Michael and Jeffrey; and maternal grandparents, Bernard and Gert Krieger. Service at 11 a.m. Friday, Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 Eighth Ave., Brooklyn. Contributions toward youth sports programs and other causes important to Jon can be made to the Kaye Family Charitable Fund, www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/kaye-family-charitable-fund, or to the Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation, www.cjdfoundation.org
Published on NYTimes.com from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2014
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