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December 9, 1965 - May 27, 2021
Stephen “Steve” Paul Kantrud, age 55, of Sandpoint, Idaho, died in the Kalispell Regional
Medical Center from complications invoked by COVID-19 on May 27, 2021.
Steve was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota on December 9, 1965 to Stephen Leonard Kantrud
and Arleen Holtz. His immediate family includes his brother, John and wife Melissa Burke,
uncles Ken (Linda) and Chet (Elizabeth) Mostue, Scott Shurtleff and his grandmother Verna
Shurtleff, and many cousins. Steve’s one and only son, Jordan Daughtery, is left behind to carry
out his father’s legacy. Jordan and his wife, Julia Battist, recently had their first son, Solal
Frédéric Battist Daughtery, who will surely be listening to many great stories in the future about
his amazing grandfather Steve.
His “adopted” family from Sandpoint, Idaho includes Jean and the late James Burgess, Kathy
Holm, Trina and Dave Kennedy, Belinda and Todd Wilson, Kirsten and Sean Eggleston, and
“adopted” nieces and nephews, Tanner and Tyler Kennedy and Sabrina Wilson. Numerous
other family-friends in Sandpoint have been greatly influenced by Steve’s love and empathy
throughout his time in Idaho.
Steve faced a life of uncertainty and thievery in his younger years, leading to his eventual prison
sentence in Colorado. During his time in prison, Steve battled against his own self anger, fear,
and grief from his childhood. By the grace of God and being released, he began the journey
towards a better life for himself and began a spiritual walk with God. At the beginning of his
emotional rebirth, Steve became acquainted with Jean and Jim Burgess and eventually followed
their path of healing to Sandpoint, where he claimed his newfound family and friends. From that
point onward, he began to return the love and forgiveness shown to him by Jean and Jim to
others in the community–some of which were as lost as he once was.
Steve was a kind gentleman that emulated love and compassion to those around him. Although
his arms were carved with dark tattoos that illustrated his prison life, Steve’s gentle and warm
embrace could instantly calm and comfort even the most intense fear. He pushed through his
own emotional distress to nurture people in need and motivate them to create positive change in
their own lives. His frank and explicit nature left no secrets or illusions to the truth of his
tumultuous past, but rather exemplified the sincerity of his outstretched hands when Steve
sought to help a truly lost individual. His rather gruff outward appearance starkly contrasted
against the soft warmth that radiated from his caring soul and helped others emerge from their
own shells and demons. At his core, Steve’s heart was full of love and passion, especially for
the people that accepted his true self, and also for the ones seeking his guidance with their own
emotional journeys. Steve’s leadership portrayed in the community, both in Sandpoint and in
Colorado, helped him return the compassion that he was once given to others that were blessed
with knowing him and his story.
Up until his passing, Trina and Dave Kennedy tended to his medical needs while Kirsten and
Sean Eggleston took care of his personal belongings and his dogs, Cain and Willemina, which
he adored greatly. Steve’s fiery spirit and kind, loving soul will be dearly missed by the many
people he influenced throughout his life. His love will be passed on through those that were
touched by his grace.
The memorial service for Stephen Paul Kantrud will be held at 2pm, Sunday, June 20th at “The
Mountain Beach,” his favorite place on Lake Pend Oreille. If those directions alone are clear
enough for you, you are welcome to attend. (1547 West Oden Bay Rd.)