Scott Allen Kalis, also known affectionately as Scotty, passed away on June 17, 2023, at his home in Cataldo, Idaho. He was born on September 21, 1965, in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Scott's passing leaves behind a significant void in the lives of his family and friends, who will always cherish the memories they shared with him.
Scott dedicated a large part of his life to working as a truck driver. It was a profession he passionately pursued until a back injury forced him to take a break from work for an extended period. After fourteen years of setbacks, Scott made a remarkable comeback and returned to work at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.
Although his career was defined by his time on the road, Scott's true essence can be found in the memories he created with those closest to him. Born in Massachusetts, he spent a considerable portion of his life in Conroe, Texas. Throughout his travels and experiences across different states, Scott amassed a treasure trove of stories and adventures.
Scott's interests were as wide-ranging as they were diverse. He had an unbridled love for camping and traveling, often embarking on road trips that allowed him to explore new vistas and create lasting memories. He had a keen green thumb and enjoyed nurturing his garden, where vibrant blooms thrived under his care. Music played an essential role in Scott's life; it resonated deep within him, offering comfort and solace during both joyful and challenging times.
Family meant everything to Scott. He held them dear in his heart and cherished every moment spent with them. Be it cooking delicious meals together or simply spending quality time together; Scott's love knew no bounds. His adoration extended not only to humans but also to animals who found comfort in his presence.
Scott's proudest accomplishment was during a road trip in 2010 when he performed an act of heroism that saved Lou Rodgers. His selflessness and bravery caught the attention of the local Cd'A Press Newspaper, showcasing his compassionate character to the community.
In addition to his remarkable achievements, Scotty deeply valued his relationships. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Marilyn Kalis, in 2016. Scotty's memory lives on through Penny Jo Kalis, his loving wife, and their children: Landon (Jesse) McCown (Sagel, ID) and Brennon McCown (Cd’A, ID), Shari Kalis and Stephanie (Steven) Workman. His brother Shawn (Dawn) Kalis (Ohio) was a constant source of support throughout his life. Scotty also leaves behind his father Charles Kalis (Florida), a great-grandchild; Krya, and a host of grandchildren: Mirah, Treis, Atenrin, Rea, Kimira, Katelyn, Nevaeh, Kayden, Griffin, Bryson, Hayden, Matthew, Axel, Zayden.
Scott Allen Kalis will be remembered as a kind-hearted individual who faced adversity with resilience and determination. His love for exploration and connection brought joy to those around him. He will forever be missed but remembered fondly as a devoted husband, father, brother, son, grandfather, and friend.
A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Cataldo, Idaho.