Jeffrey William Schutz of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Hastings, passed away on Nov. 20, at the age of 56.
Jeff was born and raised in Hastings. He and his siblings grew up on “the block” around their home on Rose Street. Days were spent hanging out with the other kids, going to Uniontown Park, getting candy at Mr. Enguis’s and sledding and playing in the woods behind their house. Those kids remained some of Jeff’s closest friends. Upon graduation from high school, Jeff was employed as a landscaper and as a refuse collector for the Village of Hastings. During this time, he struggled with addiction; his first day of sobriety was Oct. 31, 1988.
While working full time, Jeff enrolled at Westchester Community College. He transferred to Manhattan College where he completed his degree in mechanical engineering. After graduating in 1996, he went to work for Raytheon Engineers & Constructors at their World Trade Center office, where he met librarian Christine Reusch, from Decatur, Ill., and their love affair began.
In 2000, job opportunities took the couple to Boise. For Christine it was a job as a librarian at the College of Idaho, where she is now the library director, and for Jeff a job as an engineer with Micron Technology, Inc., his employer at the time of his passing.
Jeff and Christine married in 2001, with chilhood friend Mark DeSouza as best man. Daughter Olivia Elinor was born March 17, 2003, followed by son Wyatt Joseph on Jan. 22, 2007. Jeff was proud of his children and reveled in their accomplishments, from winning Science Bowl or Invent Idaho regionals to earning straight A’s or black belts in tae kwon do.
At the age of 51, Jeff went from the couch to training for marathons. He joined the Pulse Dirty Soles Running Group where he made many close friends and advanced to become an ultra-marathoner, completing seven 100-mile races.
Jeff will be missed by his children, Olivia and Wyatt; his ex-wife, Christine; mom Marjorie (Frank); brother Gary (Carol and son Lloyd); sister Jody (Leanne); aunt Charlotte; and numerous cousins on the Schutz side. He was predeceased by his father, Bill (William).
Send memorial donations to Ridge to Rivers (www.ridgetorivers.org/about/donate/), which works to maintain the trail system near Boise that Jeff so loved.
There will be an online memorial and life celebration on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 3 p.m., via Microsoft Teams. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for the connection details. Indicate if you want to share a memory about Jeff. No memory is too small.