Dakota Taylor Kimbrough, 18, of Townsend, died as a result of an automobile accident Friday afternoon Sept. 20, 2013, near Townsend.
Dakota was born Feb. 28, 1995, in Kalispell, to Cecillia “Bobbie” (Boehm) and Ben Kimbrough. He attended schools in White Sulphur Springs and Townsend and was a senior at Broadwater High School in Townsend.
Dakota was one of the captains for the Broadwater High School Bulldogs football team and lived for those Friday night lights. He also enjoyed other sports including track, wrestling, hunting and the outdoors. Dakota was a very kind, ethical, respectful and thoughtful young man who never gave in to peer pressure.
These are some of the words spoken of Dakota from his family and those close to him: “He always shook hands when he met new people and his hand shake was very firm”; “He took his hat off in respect when he sat down to eat”; “ He would be smiling all the time”; “No door would close behind him until he said, ‘I love you’ ALWAYS”; “He was very hard on himself, had to be the best”; “His family was first, He loved his coaches, team mates and football.” Many of you may have heard him say, “Don’t let winning get to your head … But don’t let losing get in your heart.”
“Dakota had an inner light that drew people to him. He was always ready with a smile or a joke. Dakota was an extremely hard-working young man that wanted to be a success in sports and in the classroom. He valued his team above everything else and would do anything for them or for them to be successful.”
“Dakota was a great person who cared about his peers and went out of his way to include everyone. He made sure that everyone was treated well.”
“Dakota was a young man who was just starting to truly enjoy life day in and day out. He left this world on top. Those who knew him will remember more than just an outstanding football player. They will remember a young man that people loved to be around and fed off his energy. He could brighten someone’s day with his off-the-wall comments and in the next moment inspire an underclassman to do their best by giving them the encouragement they needed. Life was not always easy for him, but he learned how to live it to the fullest. He was one of a kind. It is always said, but he is one that will truly never be forgotten.”
“Football and the team were his life. Dakota always gave 110 percent in everything he did, except school work. He wasn’t afraid to ask why. He wasn’t afraid to try new things, and was always very appreciative of everything he had. He lived life to the fullest there was never a challenge he didn’t accept.”
Dakota is survived by his, mother, Cecillia “Bobbie” Boehm of Townsend; father, Ben Kimbrough of Helena; sisters, Star (Jesse) Moyer of Townsend and Oceanne Rambel of Grants Pass, Ore.; brothers, Dylan Kimbrough of Townsend and Skyler Rambel of Bend, Ore.; paternal grandfather, Christian Kimbrough of Kalispell, and maternal grandfather, Derry Boehm of White Sulphur Springs; niece, Willa-Grace Moyer; nephew, Tyler Moyer; and extended family and many, many friends.
Visitation hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, Sept. 24, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home in Townsend. A celebration of Dakota’s life will be at
4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Broadwater High School Gymnasium. Cremation will take place. A reception will follow the service in the cafeteria/
luncheon room of the school.
Memorials in Dakota’s name are suggested to: Dakota Kimbrough Memorial Fund, c/o State Bank of Townsend, 400 Broadway St., Townsend, MT 59644. Please visit www.stevensonwilkefuneralhome.com to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Dakota.