Sage Schoonen chose to leave this world Oct. 13, 2016, at the much too early age of 20. Never one to do anything halfway Sage became a master at anything he tried, whether it was skiing, snowboarding, hunting or fishing. Everything Sage loved to do was done on public lands and water. There were many wonderful summer days spent at Placid Lake with family and friends where Sage perfected wake boarding, slalom skiing, and of course the tubes of death. Sage was an extremely kind and considerate person. He never hesitated to help family and friends with any project from getting firewood to dragging out an elk through deep snow in sub-zero temperatures. He loved his family and was the best big brother and friend to his little sister Helena. Of course he was hard on Helena and pushed her as any good brother should – he did tease her a bit as well. His grandpa Tony and Sage had an unusually close bond – both considered the other his best friend. Sage accompanied his grandpa and cronies many times to the state legislature in support of public land and water access. His passion for perfection helped him immensely in high school and college engineering. He earned perfect marks and had a full-ride scholarship at Montana State University. Sage left behind a devastated family and large group of close friends. He positively affected all who knew and loved him. He had a great sense of humor and a beautiful twinkle in his eye. He will be sorely missed. Sage was preceded in death by Nick de Leon, Margaret Schoonen, and Ryan Reichle. He is survived by his parents Jack and Wendy, sister Helena, Grandpa Tony, Grandpa Ed (Jennifer), Grandmother Nancy (Bob), Grandpa Dick and Grandma Linda, Uncle Tony and Aunt Jen, Aunt Maggie, Aunt Becky and Uncle Dan, Aunt Jana, cousins Carli, Brooke, Carter, Caris, and numerous great aunts, uncles and second cousins. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Skyline Sportsmen, Anaconda Sportsmen or another hunting/fishing, or public lands access organization of your choice.
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