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Kyle Austin Gauthier

Stayton, Oregon

May 20, 2015

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
22 Army L/Cpl

Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

 

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Kyle Austin Gauthier
March 24, 1993 - May 20, 2015
Kyle Austin Gauthier, 22, passed away May 20, 2015 in San Diego, CA. Kyle was born March 24, 1993 in Albany, Oregon just hours before the “Spring Break Quake,” a major earthquake event in his hometown. Kyle has continued to keep everyone’s world shaking ever since.

While growing up in Stayton, Kyle was an active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church, attended Stayton schools, and graduated from Stayton High School in 2011. From a young age, Kyle showed great interest in aviation. His love of aircraft was greatly influenced by his uncles Pete and Chuck, both pilots, and his grandfather, an aeronautical engineer who's work contributed to putting men on the moon. Kyle enlisted in the Marines in 2012 in hopes to fulfill his goal of working in Marine Corps Aviation. He ultimately achieved the rank of Lance Corporal and was a KC-130J Communication/Navigation Technician with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar at the time of his passing. He deployed in support of Contingency Operations in the middle east in 2014.

In late 2012, Kyle found and fell in love with Cecilia Hernandez of Oregon. They married in November of 2014 and welcomed their first child, Colton Austin Gauthier, into the world May 7, 2015.

Kyle loved music and played the French horn in high school. He particulary liked Led Zeppelin, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles and Pink Floyd, and if you listen closely to the sounds around you, you may still hear Kyle strumming on the bass guitar. He also loved and nearly lived on video games. He was a well-liked, caring person with a big heart, making friends easily and cherishing his friendships.

Kyle is survived by his wife Cecilia and son Colton; his parents Patrick and Susan; his sisters Lindsay and Angie; nieces Alyssa and Emily, nephew Joseph, and a very extensive family of aunts, uncles, cousins.
 

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