Kirk Vincent Pulver was born on May 5, 1970, at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, IL, the son of Gary Pulver and Laura Pulver, and grandson to Harvey and Ruby Pulver of Chicago, IL and Frank and Marie Hurley of Crystal Lake, IL.
In May 1972, the family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where Kirk would enjoy a fine life growing up in the open space of the beautiful San Ramon Valley and foothills of Mt. Diablo. He attended school in the San Ramon Valley School District and graduated from De La Salle High School in Concord, CA and Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. He played football for both schools and rugby for Saint Mary’s and was fiercely proud to be a De La Salle Spartan and Saint Mary’s Gael. As a young adult, Kirk was instrumental in starting the rugby program at De La Salle. Upon graduation, Kirk became a successful insurance broker and would eventually move with his family to Idaho, where he continued his work in the insurance industry and, most importantly to Kirk, making his footprint in the local youth rugby community. Kirk coached the Eagle and Rocky high school teams and was instrumental in building the Boise United men’s rugby team.
Kirk met his soulmate, Shannon, in 2014. The two married in 2018 near their beloved Sawtooth Mountains on Alturas Lake. The two shared a love for sports, the outdoors, skiing, camping, a spiritual connection being on or near water, cooking together, entertaining, and their families. Kirk had a deep love for Montana, which was enriched by Shannon’s connections to her home state and extended family.
Kirk was a loving and devoted dad who adored his kids with every ounce of his being. He loved smoking ribs for them, teaching them the love of gardening, and raising, their family family dogs. As a bonus dad, Kirk effortlessly bonded with his stepsons. He loved skiing, fishing, and camping with the boys and helping them with their workouts. The favorite family Friday night was watching a movie with Kirk’s famous “KP P.C.” (popcorn).
Kirk was a fiercely loyal and loving husband, dad, bonus dad, son, brother, supportive friend, and passionate rugby coach, on and off the field, always pushing others to be their best self. Those who knew him would say he was exuberant, larger than life, and was authentically kind with the best of intentions. With a signature twinkle in his eye, “KP” will be remembered for his “Prost” to a good IPA, his timeless dance moves, and his infectious smile.
Kirk is survived by his adoring wife, Shannon Trimboli, and her two sons, Brant and Braedan Trimboli; son, Zane Pulver; daughters, Lila Pulver and Ruby Pulver; sisters Ashley Pulver and Alicia Pulver; loving mother Laura Pulver-Berry; and stepfather James Berry. Kirk is preceded in death by his father, Gary Pulver, (2005.)
Kirk’s steadfast battle with ALS will be remembered and will give strength to those who need courage. All donations in memory of Kirk can be directed to ruckals.org in his name.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 am, Monday, June 28, 2021 at Holy Apostles Catholic Church, 6300 N. Meridian Rd., Meridian.