Kurt Matthew Kautz, “Cubby” to those who knew and loved him, was unexpectedly taken from our lives on October 14, 2017. A light in our lives has forever been dimmed as the loss of our Cubby has shattered our hearts.
Cubby was born on December 7, 1984 to Daniel and Susan Kautz of Huntley, Montana, joining his older siblings: Brent, Dustin, and Amanda. To his parents, Cubby was the apple of their eye. Cubby was a big, baby boy and had a heart of gold from the beginning. His adolescence was spent playing with older brothers Brent and Dusty, and constantly being cared and tended to by sister Mandy. The love his brothers and sister had for this sweet, baby boy was unparalleled.
Born and raised by a hard-working farm family, Kurt was taught early in life the lessons that only life on a farm can teach a young kid. Never a child to complain, Kurt took on each task asked of him with his full might and made sure that the job was done and done right. Whether the time late or early, the weather good or bad, or the task easy or hard, Kurt pulled his weight and completed the task. These lessons Kurt learned at such a tender age helped mold the young man that Kurt became later in his life.
As a young child, Kurt’s competitive fire was stoked by the game of basketball. Whether rain or shine, sleet or snow, hot or cold, for hours on end Kurt could be found on the family basketball court shooting hoops. Kurt’s tenacity to be the best at each thing he did shone through in these moments and it was clear to Kurt’s family how determined he was to make his mark in this world.
As Kurt grew older, he began to excel in football, basketball, and track. Whether it was throwing a touchdown, scoring a basket, or running on the relay, Kurt was a leader and a teammate that others looked up to. Kurt developed lifelong friendships through his involvement in sports and to the date of his passing, he loved his friends and would want each of them to know how special they were to him. Josh, you were always there for Kurt, no matter the circumstances, and Kurt loved you with all of his heart.