Lyle Robert Fatz, 56, of Missoula, died unexpectedly Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
Lyle was an avid volunteer in the Missoula community. He loved attending local community sporting events and spent much of his leisure time at the movie theatre. He enjoyed cooking for friends and family, farming with his “brother” Brent Crawford, and working with his hands. Lyle was active in various volunteer fire departments. He was gifted with the ability to engage with everyone and was generous with his time and talents. Lyle made every person he met feel like they were a close friend.
Lyle is survived by his two sisters Jane (Fatz) Buxengard, and Dorothy (Pete) vonHoltum of St Ignatius; two children, Jacob Fatz and Maria Fatz of Detroit Lakes, MN; nephews Luke and Paul Fatz, Bill von Holtum; nieces Laura Buxengard, Katy vonHoltum; and Ann and Brent (Karina) Crawford of Carter, MT that he considered a second family.
Lyle is preceded in death by his parents Victor and Kathy (Hinkle) Fatz; brothers Paul and Mark Fatz; nephew Justin Fatz; lifelong friend Wayne Crawford; and his loyal cat, Kitty.
Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held in Fort Benton, MT in the summer of 2021, date to TBD. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking donations be made for the celebration of life and can be made online using the following link…
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Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Lyle and his family.
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Susan Rosten says
We only knew Lyle briefly and casually but we miss him. He was an important part of our daily life as we always saw him. He was always polite and respectful. We miss him.
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Always in our hearts. Always.
Lyle was a Great friend of mine…..I will miss him so much
Rest in peace my friend.
Donny Saice says
Thoughts and prayers my friend.
Charlene Dunn says
Jacob, Maria & Family, I would like to express my sincere condolences to each of you during this very sad time in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and will continue to be with each of you. May your dad please fine peace on the other side along with each of you knowing he it’s resting now. Maria and Jacob upon your return home know that I am here for either of you if you need to talk or visit or cry whatever I am here you just call me and I will be there for you. God bless you all in my continued prayers are with you❤️
Kelly and Tina West says
Lyle, while you were like a little brother to me, you were one of Kelly’s very best friends. So glad we all reconnected recently. Loved your stories and the fun memories of days gone by. You left us too soon. We’ll miss you my friend. Praying you are now at peace.
Jane and Dorothy, our hearts ache for you. Please know how much We Love You ❤️
~ Kelly and Tina West~
Kelly Parsons says
Lyle – you were one of the sweetest humans I ever met. I will always remember you & my dad on the pontoon at Holter. You were kind & giving and I am grateful to have seen you the past 2 years – would give anything to see you again. To your beautiful sisters, your children, and nieces/nephews- I am so sorry. Lyle was good people. Peace to him finally & to you all. RIP Sweet Lyle…
Paula Pease says
Lyle was a great friend who found something positive in everyone. He was a stranger to no one and the kindest and most sincere person. We had a lot of laughs and conversations- you will be missed.
Joe Felsman says
Joe and I enjoyed talking with Lyle when he would visit the gym. We always had a good visit. We will miss him very much. He was a great guy to talk with. Our prayers are with you.
Henry & Vanette Nagamori says
Our condolences on your loss.
Bobbi Cappis says
Lyle was loved by all. He was always fun and entertaining. He was always happy. I also remember how funny he was. He made friends easily. He will truly be missed.