As one of the most dominant athletes in northeast Ohio during the mid-1990s, Todd Krajnak was a two time competitor at the state’s wrestling finals and won the Powerade Tournament twice as a heavyweight. A double threat, Todd was just as fierce on the football field as Captain of the Solon High School Comets; in 1999, his senior year, he was voted the most valuable player on the squad, after leading them to victory over several winning seasons.
At 6 feet tall and 225 pounds, Todd was a feared competitor on the field and on the mat, technically skilled, and physically commanding, but at home he was a big-hearted teddy bear, a self-described “nurturer” with a gentle smile and a loving, spirited presence that he shared with others throughout his life.
Todd Robert Krajnak beloved son, brother, and friend, passed away in his sleep on December 27th 2022, at his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He was 43 years old, and had recently been hospitalized due to complications related to pneumonia and severe anemia. Todd is survived by his parents, Gloria and Robert Krajnak of Buckeye, AZ, and his sisters and brother-in-law Maria Krajnak of Wellington, FL, and Tarrah Krajnak and Alex Keefe of Eugene, OR, and his three small dogs Tifa, Cloud, and Kairi. A celebration of life will be announced by the family at a later date.
Todd was a Christmas baby, born on December 25th, 1979 in Allentown PA, and adopted the same day by his loving parents Robert and Gloria Krajnak. As a transracial adoptee Todd was often the only black child in all-white communities. Todd overcame many challenges in these environments throughout his life, cultivating the strong character and self-determination that made him both an indomitable athlete as well as a kind and empathetic man.
After graduating from Solon High School in 1999 Todd attended Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA on a football scholarship. After college Todd worked in the restaurant business where he gained valuable management skills that helped him launch his own successful pesticide business, “The Other Guys”, which he ran himself over the last decade while simultaneously self-employed as a full-time caretaker for two disabled adults. The last hours of his life were spent with his family before heading back to work to care for others.
Todd’s interests and hobbies ranged widely from cooking elaborate meals, to rescuing small dogs, to classical music, fine whiskey, gaming, weight lifting, and dancing. Beloved by family and his many friends far and wide, Todd was a source of strength: generous, empathetic, loyal, careful listener, kind-hearted, and often at the center of attention, telling jokes and making others laugh. Todd was an animal lover, family man, and he made friends easily wherever he went. A nurturer is defined as someone who offers others food, protection, support, and encouragement– Todd was a true nurturer. He brought joy and comfort to many lost souls over the course of his life. His family is devastated by this sudden and tremendous loss.
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