Wife of Teacher Who Died Climbing El Capitan Says He Was ‘Well Loved’
Jennifer Klein, wife of Tim Klein, one of the climbers who died while climbing El Capitan on Saturday morning, spoke about his death and how she’s leaning on faith to guide her through the loss of her husband of 17 years.
“Tim was an amazing dad, and so, it’s gonna be a challenge, I know, but I trust that God is good today, just like he was yesterday, just like he will be tomorrow,” she said.
Tim Klein, an elite climber who had scaled El Capitan in Yosemite over 100 times, was climbing with his good friend Jason Wells when the tragedy struck. Tied together, they fell 1,000 feet to their death, and no one is sure why.
Jennifer for one, never worried about her husband’s safety climbing El Capitan. “Safety was always his forefront. I thought the last place he would die would be in Yosemite,” she said.
Speaking of her husband and his good friend Wells, Jennifer told of their great bond.
“They loved to climb together, but they loved each other. They loved each other like brothers,” she said.
A loving, devoted husband and father of two young sons, Klein was also a dedicated teacher at Palmdale High School. Just last month he was named Antelope Valley School District Teacher of the Year for the second time.
To his wife, he was one of a kind. “There’s just no one like him. But at the same time, he never had the expectation that people had to be like him. He really wanted to point people to Jesus and I feel like he did that well,” she said.