In memory of

Kyle G. Boundy, age 26 of Helena

July 5, 1991 – December 13, 2017

Anyone who knew Kyle would agree that he lived life to the fullest in the short 26 years he walked this earth.  Anyone who knew Kyle would also point out that “walked” is not the right term—He ran and juggled and leapt and cartwheeled.  His energy was almost unreal.  In the course of any given existential and/or absurd conversation with Kyle, he’d likely be juggling your favorite or most valuable glassware, or flinging himself on the floor to knock out some crunches, or if you were outside, he might simply run sprints or turn cartwheels while his phone, keys and change flew out of his pockets.  His conversations were always so deep (or completely ridiculous) that you really needed to pay attention, but it was difficult not to get distracted by the swirling Kyle Tornado.

Kyle suffered the anxiety that accompanies a mind that never stops, but when we moved to Montana, he vowed that he would redefine his life; that he would never let fear keep him from doing something he wanted to do.  It was an inspired thought for an eleven-year-old kid, and it was a vow he kept for the remainder of his life.  The adventures he found were too numerous to count.  Alone, he would head into the wildernesses of Montana, often running until he collapsed.  It was nothing for him to cover sixty miles on foot in a weekend.  He would often shelter for the night under an overhanging rock or in a hollow tree with only a power bar for dinner.

He rode his mountain bike from Helena to the Pacific coast, but of course he was determined not to do any of it on pavement.  He rode to the ends of trails, carried his bike through forests, and crashed down mountains.  He rode through a desert, consuming his water and betting on refilling at a spring on his map, only to find it dry, and having to ride another twenty miles to the next water, delirious with thirst.

But on all of his journeys, with all of their trials, it was the people he met that he spoke of the most; mountain men, ranchers, homeless people, other wanderers and friendly café owners.  Kyle found wisdom in everyone’s life philosophy and he dreamed of someday helping other travellers and wanderers on their journeys.

Art and music occupied his busy mind when he could sit still.  He played the guitar and wrote songs.  He played brilliantly in acrylics, oils and marker, always experimenting with themes and media.  Most of his art he gave away to friends and strangers.  His art would appear, sometimes on large canvasses, and sometimes on little scraps of paper and plastic that would flutter out of an opened cabinet door or pour out with the cereal in the morning.

And he worked.  Like everything else he did, he gave his all in any job he had—it didn’t matter whether he loved it or hated it.  At his childhood home in Rimini, he dug a trench three feet deep and two hundred and fifty feet long, with a pick and shovel, down the mountain from the spring to the house… in two days.

Finally, in the all-out way he did everything, he fell head-over-heels in love with Kelsey Morris.  “I would do anything for that person.” he said very earnestly.   And he would have.

Kyle leaves behind Kelsey Morris, his love and his “Partner in Crime.” He leaves behind his younger brother Leif, with whom he was inseparable.  Kyle would often seek out Leif’s gentle wisdom, and Leif enjoyed the chaotic brilliance of Kyle’s thoughts. He leaves behind his parents, Bret and Renee Boundy, who will be forever thankful for all they learned from “The Kyle.”   There are so many others, friends and family, who made Kyle’s life richer, and in turn were richer for knowing him.  He will be missed.


Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.

  1. Brenda and Jim says:

    Bret, Renee and Leif, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Kathy Brothers says:

    Bret,Renee,Leif. I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayets. Kyle was a very smart and kind person and was a joy to be around. Praying for you to find some comfort.

  3. Betsy and Bobby Partin says:

    Bret and Renee you are in our prayers.

  4. Cindy Hager says:

    Our memories of your boys are from very long ago. I can see them crawling along some lighted steps in the hotel lobby in Portland. Mike and I can’t begin to pathom your grief. Know that we are keeping you, Bret and Leif in our hearts and on our minds.

  5. Bruce Burger says:

    Kyle’s generosity of spirit will be remembered by all who knew him. He shared his soulfulness and kindness uniquely with each of us. Please know my heart is with you all.

  6. Don Harris says:

    I am so sorry. There are no words. I know God loves you and Kyle, and I hope that you can feel that through this awful pain.

  7. Kathy Evans says:

    We are so devastated for you, Bret, Renee, and Leif! We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Megan Gittings says:

    Renee and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you in this difficult time.

  9. Wenona French says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. If any of you need a shoulder to lean on, look me up. I’m not hard to find. Blessings from Kansas.

  10. Bret & Renee,

    Although you do not know me, I was a friend and a co worker to Kyle for 3 seasons here at Big Sky. He always had a positive attitude and outlook about everything no matter how bad his day was. I had the pleasure of being neighbors with him this past summer and grew close to Kyle. He is a very special and unique individual who loved music as much as I did.

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do or give please let me know. I unfortunately will not be able to make the his memorial, but I will be there in spirit.

  11. Stu and Sherry says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength are with you all through this very difficult time.

  12. Bill & Claudia Warfield says:

    Bret, Renee, and Leif….Claudia and I are profoundly sorry for the loss of Kyle. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult of times……..

  13. Mikail karasu (michael) says:

    Kyleeeeeee i m going to miss you all the time. 🙁 you were my unique friend in big sky,MT. I hope you did not suffer so much while you were in an accident. memories come to my eyes every minute every second. İ m in Turkey . That’s why i cant come your funeral ?. But i feel you around me every time. Rest in peace my brother.

  14. Dwayne Handy says:

    Bigsky once again lost another beautiful soul, shred for Chris, Gw and Kyle, i just want to the family that Kyle was very loved at bigsky and will be very missed

  15. I met Kyle one time, but that’s all it took to know that he was a good soul. He was intelligent, witty, and I had a fantastic time when I met him. You will be missed, Kyle. Keep it real up there, dude.

  16. Kathie marie (formally of Rimini) says:

    Kyle’s wisdom and joy of living affected me very much. I’m so grateful to have had some time with him. Renee, Brett and Leif im sendibg love. Kyle will be greatly missed.

  17. Beth Cogswell says:


    I’m so sorry for your loss and the pain you must be experiencing. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  18. Kyle Morris says:

    I will miss our talks, Kyle. Always enjoyed hypothesizing with you. May your atoms travel places unknown

  19. The Anderson Family says:

    God Bless you all…May the memories of Kyle live forever and always in your hearts. May his energy and love for life carry you through such a difficult time. Prayers and love sent your way❤

  20. Susan Mattson says:

    Bret, Renee, Leif – My heart goes out to you

  21. Terry, Micky and Katherine Brown says:

    We feel as if we lost a part of our family. The time we had with Kyle and Leif has been so memorable and special. Kyle and Leif’s renditions of KISS’s “We Are The Champions” and Johnny Horner’s “Battle of New Orleans”, during car Kareoke, on after school commutes from the bus stop to Rimini, were not to be missed. They were great kids who grew into wonderful young men. Kyle you will be missed. We love you, Brett , Renee and Leif and we are here for you, always.

  22. Deb Brankle says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Kyle sounds like a wonderful child/young man.
    Deb (Albertson) Brankle and family

  23. Peggy & Gregg Coggeshall says:

    Renee Bret Leif. My prayers to you all. We are so sorry for your loss.

  24. Julie and Mike DalSoglip says:

    Bret Renee and Leif. Our hearts are broken for you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful son and brother with the world.

  25. Mark Davis and Stacy Wile says:

    Love to your entire family. We are thinking of you every day.

  26. Lois Simpson says:

    Renee and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  27. Greg and Elaine Datzman says:

    Kyle’s pure joy and unconditional love has had a profound affect on our lives.We can never
    adequately express our gratitude for the happiness he brought into Kelsey’s life,our
    granddaughter.thank you for raising such a wonderful,caring son.

  28. Beverly Ewing says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Kyle was a special person, wish I had gotten to know him! Love and prayers to you and your family.

  29. Dianne Keller says:

    Bret and family – I’m so sorry for your loss. I know he is missed by family and friends.

  30. Kelly Johnson says:

    Brett, Renee, and Leif,
    My thoughts and prayers have been and are with you since this horrible tragedy. I cannot imagine your suffering. Kyle was an amazing and wonderful young man.
    May God hold you in his arms.

  31. Dan & Sue Hill says:

    Bret, Renee and Leif;
    We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  32. Steve Prinzing says:

    All of us our saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  33. Shawna Donaldson says:

    Renee and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May your wonderful memories of Kyle help you through this tough time! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  34. Randy Carpenter says:

    Philosophers say that in the end the measure of a life is how one loved and how one was loved. Or as The Beatles put it, And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. By that measure, Kyle lived a tragically short, but full life of love.

    Kyle was a dude I just liked being around. He was, really, like no one I’ve ever known – a generous spirit, a freethinking mind, a very talented and unique artist, a kind soul, a jester when the world needed one. A real good man. Everyone who knew Kyle knows what I mean. If you didn’t know him, you missed out. And those who did will miss him terribly. Our lives were enriched by his big bright burning light.

  35. Jim Coffin says:

    Bret, I don’t know what to say. My Scott and Kyle played together growing up in Cheyenne. I know they also connected some while at UWYO…Nancy and I have you and your family in our prayers.

  36. Cameron Lobato says:

    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. There is nothing that could ever make this easy. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We consider you as not just colleague, but friend.

  37. Adeline V. says:

    To the Family and friends of Kyle G. Boundy, sincere condolences. I often write to those who have lost their dear loved ones, knowing the pain and sorrow that it brings to all.
    What a wonderful energetic young man, having a love of life. He will not be overlooked when Our heavenly Father restores the life of many who have fallen asleep in death.
    John 5:28,29 and Acts 24:15
    Sincerely, Adeline V.

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