Devin O'Connor Soukkala, a very gentle soul, was born at home in Charlo, Montana, on April 4, 1994. Devin was a passionate reader and loved all things electronic. He was about 8 years old the first time he was caught with a novel inside his math book in class (it wasn't his last!) and he always read National Geographic from cover to cover the day it arrived. He was 4 years old when he took his first electric coffee maker apart, and by high school, he had ordered components and assembled his first computer.
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He played baseball in grade school, and while he didn't have a competitive bone in his body, he never missed a single practice or game. In high school, while the coaches wished this 6'5" young man would wear a Charlo uniform, Devin was more comfortable supporting school spirit by managing the football and basketball teams and singing the national anthem at games in his beautiful baritone voice.
He studied electrical engineering and computer science at Montana State University for three years, where with the MSU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, he spent a summer in Kenya helping to install clean water systems in remote villages. His co-workers at the MSU food services spoke of him as a kind and generous person, always willing to help out and do more than his share. He was indeed our gentle giant.
Devin is survived by his younger brother, Logan O'Connor Soukkala; his father, Art Soukkala; his mother, Brigid O'Connor; his grandfather, "Papa Jack" O'Connor; his "Uncle", Shannon Fitzgerald; and numerous Soukkala, Anderson and O'Connor aunts, uncles and cousins. We in Devin's family are deeply grateful for all who took him into their hearts over the years, most recently Leo Schlecter, David Roy and Greg Dupont of Bozeman. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Devin took his own life on May 28 for reasons unclear to us all. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers as we weather this storm. It will take time, but we know we will emerge into a world made brighter because Devin has been, and still is, such a special and shining spirit in our lives.
A celebration of life has been held in Ronan, Montana.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 6, 2015