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Kyle Vaughn Breunling

September 14, 1996 ~ December 26, 2020 (age 24)

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It is with deepest sorrow that we announce that Kyle Vaughn Breunling, our most beloved son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, grandson, and friend passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2020.

A shining light to those who knew him, he will be greatly missed.

Kyle was born in San Jose, California, on September 14, 1996. He grew up in San Jose with his parents, Carla and Randy, older sister Kendra, and a loving extended family. He attended Archbishop Mitty High School and graduated from Gonzaga University in May, 2020.

From the day of his birth, his striking blue eyes drew people in, and as he grew up his kind heart kept people close. He was a thoughtful, funny, and caring young man who cherished his family and friends.

Kyle had an infectious spirit and a comforting smile. He was always excited to try new activities and be part of a team; baseball, soccer, swimming, basketball and flag football kept him busy and happy. In high school, he played on the Mitty football team all four years, where he met some of his closest friends. He also ran track and received the Varsity team Black and Gold Coaches Award as a senior. Kyle was a hard working and dedicated athlete and teammate.

Kyle had a passion for skateboarding and music. His perseverance and persistence in learning new tricks on his board was admirable, and he found the skateboarding culture to be welcoming and supportive. In recent years, music became exceptionally important to him. He was a devoted musician, working for hours on end producing and perfecting his sound. His love of music and technology led him to a college project where he utilized a Python software package to study one of his recent songs, writing the code to analyze and display the various audio signals. In presenting his findings, his hope was to share his fascination with the intricacies of sound and audio engineering. Kyle’s college professor still uses his project as an example of how creative students can be and how they can incorporate their passions into learning technology.

During his college years, Kyle was a proud member of the Gonzaga community and a fervent brother and leader of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. He was able to use some of his own difficult experiences as a way to become a leader to his fraternity brothers and mentor those who followed him. He enjoyed his first “real job” working part time in Spokane at an IT consulting firm; he was proud and happy to be a part of this team of smart and caring people.

Kyle made authentic connections with people, something very important to him. He cared deeply for those close to him and enjoyed making new friends. If you were around Kyle, you felt accepted, loved, and heard. He had an innate and sincere ability to really listen to people, as well as share his own joys and struggles. He was a devout friend who always expressed himself in an authentic, honest and genuine tone. To those he knew even a little, he was someone who touched their lives. He will be remembered for his passion, generosity, humor, and true acceptance of everyone.

Kyle developed close and enduring friendships with many people: teachers, coaches, employers, mentors, and peers. They remember him as being creative and open-minded, curious, strong yet gentle, funny yet serious, honest, loyal, and most importantly, kind. He was years beyond his age in the way he carried himself. He was an introspective and wise soul.

Above all else, Kyle's family was the most important thing to him. He had a profound love for his mother, Carla, and the two shared an immeasurable bond that cannot truly be put into words. He and his father, Randy, shared many happy hours practicing and participating in Kyle's various athletic endeavors. They had a deep admiration for each other. Randy always made sure that Kyle knew he was his biggest fan. Kyle’s sister, Kendra, was his best friend. They looked up to each other and proudly shared in their accomplishments, both big and small. Their relationship was special, and they knew that. To his young nephew James, Kyle was a natural uncle; he would read Dr. Seuss’ books in a charismatic and theatrical voice and could make James laugh ferociously.

Kyle's light, love, and incredible sense of empathy is what we know and will continue to love about him. He was a shining spirit who embraced the world, his friends, and most of all, his family. He will be remembered and missed always.

Kyle is survived by his parents, Randy and Carla Breunling; his sister Kendra Cornelius (Stephen); his nephew James Cornelius; and numerous loving family members and dear friends.

The family would like to express their sincerest gratitude to all of those who have reached out to them to share their special memories of Kyle and to let them know how Kyle had touched their lives. A celebration of Kyle's life will take place at a future date to be determined.

In memory of Kyle and on his behalf, we are encouraging donations to either of the following charities:
- Mac Miller Fund <https://pittsburghfoundation.…>
- Active Minds <https://www.activeminds.org/>

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