Kris T Katseanes was born on December 28, 1957 in Blackfoot, Idaho, the son of Ted and Rodonna Katseanes. He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1976, where he played football, ran track, and was in the state student council. He attended Denver university and graduated from Idaho State University, then began a career in sales. His work took his family all around the West, then they settled in Boise in 1991.
Kris and his wife Lauri married in 1981. Together they have two children, Sara and Nick, and two grandchildren, Lola and Walker.
Kris was an outstanding husband, father, and an incredible friend to countless people. He had the ability to touch your heart in the first moments of meeting him. He was one to be classically known as an “adopted father” to many of his children’s friends. He lived life to tell stories, play guitar, love his family and friends, and pursue many activities outdoors. These qualities earned him the nickname “Papa Kats” on a recent trip down the Salmon River.
He simply believed that life is good, to work hard, and to take care of your family. Most of all, to enjoy life. He was always the most optimistic person in the room and truly believed in positive thought. As he would say many times during his time with us, “Life is good.” He loved to travel, and just before his death he and Lauri were able to mark two things off their bucket list – a river rafting trip and a trip to Nashville to see the Country Music Awards. But most of all, Kris enjoyed his family and he loved people. He made a significant impact on many of those who knew him.
Kris left us on a remarkably beautiful day on November 17, 2018. He was working on his golf swing at a nearby driving range when his heart unfortunately failed him. The sun was shining without a cloud in the sky as he was making his way through a bucket of golf balls staring across a grassy field. He left us in an instant while doing something he loved, and he will forever live in our hearts. He is survived by his wife Lauri Katseanes, children Sara (Donny) and Nick, grandchildren Lola and Walker, his mother Rodonna Katseanes, and siblings Angela Grosely, Rich (Debbie) Katseanes, Tom (Kaye) Katseanes, Alan (Kathleen) Katseanes, and John (Carol) Katseanes. He was deeply loved and will be missed tremendously. Despite the untimely loss, to all those who knew him we ask that you remember at least one thing: Life Is Good.