Kevin J. White, age 61, of Montana City, passed away June 4, 2023.
On June 4th, way too early, the world lost a quiet, loving soul who never let his health hinder living his life to the fullest. Always quick to tell a story, a joke or make a smart comment – he loved his family and friends. His caramel rolls were legendary and Christmas mornings will not be the same without them.
Kevin Jay White was born to Leroy and Arlene White on May 11, 1962 in Missoula, Montana. Kevin’s love of the outdoors started at a very young age as his family moved around Montana and Idaho with his dad’s career with the Forest Service. After attending numerous elementary, junior high and high schools, he graduated from Billings West High School in 1980. While continuing his education at Eastern Montana College he met Jan Hoffman and they were married in 1982 in Billings. In 1983 they welcomed son Jeremy followed by son Kristoffer in 1985. His sons meant the world to him and he loved camping, hunting, fishing and four wheeling with them throughout Montana and Wyoming.
Jan’s job would take them to Anaconda, MT, Gillette, WY and Twin Falls, ID and they have great memories of the years they spent in those communities and states and the good friends they made along the way. After a lengthy career in the printing industry, Kevin went back to school to obtain his Associates degree from Gillette College in Wyoming in 2000 and worked in their IT department until his retirement. He built lasting friendships while working on the college’s newspaper and serving as president of Phi Theta Kappa. He was especially proud of his leadership of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Gillette and the homes they were able to build. Following retirement in 2014 Kevin and Jan returned “home” to Montana to be closer to family.
Kevin was a wonderful artist – he shared his love of nature through many media – pen and ink, watercolors, oils, and photography. He and Jan enjoyed travelling to lots of great places together – enjoying good food, breweries, and cultural sites. Wyoming Cowboys football and Colorado Rockies baseball were annual treks for many years. Kevin especially loved his time scuba diving in Cancun and Turks & Caicos.
Diabetes research and education were very important to Kevin as was spreading the importance of organ donation. A two-time transplant recipient, he was extremely grateful to those whose lives allowed him to continue to live his life to the fullest. He thoroughly enjoyed volunteering as a counselor at Camp Diamont – a camp for youth with Type I diabetes that he had attended as a kid.
Kevin was preceded in death by his grandparents and a brother Randy. He is survived by his wife and sons, parents Leroy and Arlene White of Billings, Montana, Mother-in-law Helen Hoffman of Montana City, sister Dana Blomquist of Helena, brothers Brad and Scott (Carri) of Billings, nieces Brook Collins (Sean) of Kennewick, WA, Kaley Palmer (Jake) of Havre, MT, Charli Rose Crawford (John) of Billings, MT and nephews Tanner White (Kallie) of Billings, MT and Mitchel Blomquist of Helena.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Kevin’s life at an open house from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 16th at Lewis & Clark Brewing – 1517 Dodge Avenue.